Dr. Amy Salmon has an extensive career as researcher, front-line worker, and health care administrator, working in a wide variety of areas related to substance use, mental health, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and social determinants of health. She holds her PhD in Educational Studies from UBC, specializing in the Sociology of Education and Disability Studies under the Ph.D. doctoral supervision of Professor Leslie G. Roman.
Dr. Salmon currently holds academic appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Population and Public Health and in the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychiatry, and is a Collaborating Scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. at the University of Victoria. Dr. Salmon has also served as the Executive Director for the Canada FASD Research Network, Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Health Economics, and as the Coordinator for Sheway, community-based health care and social service organization for substance-using pregnant women, mothers, and their children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has worked as an invited consultant for local, provincial and federal governments, and with numerous grassroots organizations, to conduct evaluations and develop programs, policy recommendations, and advocacy interventions concerned with the health and well-being of women, children, and families.
Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada, and the Victoria Foundation.