Dr. Katherine Rudzinski is a SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social Work, University of Windsor. She has a Master of Arts in Criminology, specializing in addictions, and a doctorate in public health sciences from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She was a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow jointly with the Casey House Foundation.
She has 15 years of experience working with and for people who use drugs on community-based research projects, including as research coordinator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She has been a Co-I on projects funded by Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
She is currently Co-PI on an OHTN-funded project examining the challenges and opportunities of providing harm reduction services, such as supervised consumption services, in a clinical care setting for people living with HIV/AIDS who use drugs. She has expertise in social theory, resilience, harm reduction, gender, and mixed-methods research. Her present research will focus on examining the gendered dimensions of harm reduction and how pandemic planning and policy have impacted women who use drugs.