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Dr. Melissa Woodward, PhD

Melissa is an IMH Marshall postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Honer in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. Her project focuses on the impact of nonfatal overdose on the brain for individuals living in precarious housing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the use of both retinal and brain imaging to assess microvasculature damage associated with hypoxia. Women in this cohort may be particularly at risk due to a variety of pharmacological, biological, and social factors. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Lang studying the impact of exercise interventions on the brain of individuals with schizophrenia, including a cohort of women with early psychosis living in Hong Kong.