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Karen  Urbanoski

Karen Urbanoski, PhD, is a scientist in the Social and Epidemiological Research Group at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, where she obtained her doctorate in 2010.

From 2010—2011, Dr. Urbanoski worked as a researcher and instructor at the Center for Addiction Medicine, in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests focus on the social epidemiology of substance use and addiction, particularly mechanisms of aetiology and recovery, and processes of help-seeking for addiction-related problems, including the use of treatment as a method of social control.

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