Former Team Members

These individuals were an important part of our research team, establishing the evidence base and guiding the Community-Based Research (CBR) for the work that Dudes continues to do with Men's Health. 


Dr. Victoria Smye - Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Smye’s research addresses inequities related to mental health and addictions systems and services with a particular focus in the areas of women and violence, cultural safety, and Aboriginal mental health. From 2005 until 2014, Dr. Smye was a faculty member with the UBC School of Nursing. In September of 2014, Dr. Smye was appointed as the Director of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). 


Lyana Patrick 


Lyana is the research manager for project #2 of the Masculinities and Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, entitled Evaluating and Extending the Aboriginal Men’s Dudes Club Program. She is also a PhD candidate in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC.  The focus of her dissertation is on urban Indigenous community planning and how that looks at the intersection of law, health, and social service delivery. She is doing collaborative community-based research with the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia.

Through her research she is weaving together governance, history, health, and storytelling in support of self-determination for Indigenous communities. Lyana has been involved in several Indigenous health initiatives including promotion of cultural safety training for healthcare professionals and creating culturally appropriate research materials for Indigenous communities engaging in health research.


Iloradanon Efimoff

Iloradanon is the Research Assistant for the Dude’s Club Project. She helps with all aspects of the project, from data analysis to maintaining effective relationships with elders and club members. She is a member of the Haida Gwaii Nation with a keen interest in social determinants of indigenous health, feminism, and wellness.