Sarinn Blawatt, MA (they/them)

Qualitative/Multi-methods Researcher, Substance Use and Mental Health Service Provision

English, French
Vancouver, BC

Sarinn is a researcher and consultant for substance use and mental health service provision on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. They bring over 15 years of frontline experience, providing expert guidance on community engagement and trauma-informed program development. Skilled with interdisciplinary working groups, Sarinn is passionate about centering the knowledge of people who use drugs in research and policy to improve and diversify access to evidence-based, lifesaving services.  

Currently working on their PhD at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, Sarinn is trained in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research, but specializes in qualitative or multi-methods studies. Their approach is informed by critical theory with a specialized focus on disparities in substance use treatment access for priority populations. Their own research focuses on bridging the gap between theory and practice, supporting the co-creation of individualized outcome measurables for treatment success.

Recent roles include managing Insite, North America’s first sanctioned supervised consumption site, the development of a safer supply program, and leading a grounded theory study on the role of nurse-client therapeutic relationships in injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) settings.

Services offered:

  • Qualitative and multi-methods research design and implementation
  • Inclusive and trauma-informed care knowledge translation development
  • Community engagement and organizing
  • Professional writing (e.g., manuscripts, protocols, reports, grants)