Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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Hanie Edalati, PhD
Research and Policy Analyst


Hanie’s areas of expertise include childhood trauma, alcohol, youth, early substance use intervention and trauma-informed care.


Seeing her research help those who need it most yields Hanie Edalati great pride. She has designed, adapted and implemented intervention programs for reducing the risk of substance use disorders using a trauma-informed framework. Her research and activities around educating and training educators and counsellors working with at-risk youth, Indigenous youth and adolescents receiving youth protection services has led to thousands of youth receiving early interventions for substance use vulnerability.

After working in substance use research and intervention for 15 years, Hanie joined CCSA in July 2020. She hopes to expand on her work to improve evidence-based policy making that focuses on youth.

Hanie completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre and the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the B.C. Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and University of British Columbia. She earned her PhD from the departments of psychology and psychiatry, University of British Columbia. Before coming to Canada, she worked in Iran as a clinician and researcher with people with substance use disorders. She holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in psychology from Iran.

Hanie likes to spend her free time outdoors hiking, kayaking and gardening.

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