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Faculty Member

Carol Strike Ph.D. , MSc., B.A.

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health 155 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Admin Position
Associate Dean, Public Health Sciences
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

  • Harm reduction programs
  • HIV/STBBI prevention
  • Provider-client relationships
  • Mental health programs
  • Health services research
  • Mixed methods

Education & Training History

PhD – Community Health, University of Toronto (2000)

MSc – Epidemiology, University of Ottawa (1993)

BA – Sociology, University of Waterloo (1989)

Primary Teaching Responsibilities


Professional Summary & Appointments

Canadian Association of HIV Researchers, Past-President

Honours & Awards

  • 2016       Anthony Miller Award for Excellence in Research in Public Health Sciences, DLSPH
  • 2016       Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award, CAMH
  • 2013       Ross Upshur Thesis Mentorship Award, Joint Centre for Bioethics, U. of Toronto
  • 2011       Robin Badgely Teaching Excellence Award, University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
  • 2007      Leadership Award, National Awards for Excellence in Reducing Drug Related Harm, Kaiser Foundation

Current Research Projects

  • Safer supply programs – evaluation of impacts on wellbeing, HIV and COVID prevention and HIV treatment adherence from the perspective of service users and service providers
  • Transformative Training for trauma informed care: How to better serve the health care needs of People who use Drugs

Representative Publications

Schmidt RA*, Kaminski N, Kryszajtys DT*, Rudzinski K, Perri M*, Guta A, Bayoumi A, Challacombe L, Hales J, Kenny K, Kolla G, O’Reilly E, Sereda A, Rai N, Strike C. ‘I don’t chase drugs as much anymore, and I’m not dead’: Client reported outcomes associated with safer opioid supply programs in Ontario, Canada. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2023; 42(7): 1825–1837.

Rudzinski K*, King K, Guta A, Chan Carusone S, Strike C. “And if my goal is never to leave Casey House?”: The significance of place attachment for patients at a specialty HIV hospital in Toronto, Canada. Health Place. 2023 Aug 16;83:103100. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103100. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37595542.

Gagnon M, Rudzinski K*, Guta A, Schmidt RA*, Kryszajtys DT*, Kolla G, Strike C. Impact of safer supply programs on injection practices: client and provider experiences in Ontario, Canada. Harm Reduct J. 2023 Jun 28;20(1):81. doi: 10.1186/s12954-023-00817-7. PMID: 37380995; PMCID: PMC10303300.

Rudzinski K*, O’Leary W*, Perri M*, Guimond T, Guta A, Chan Carusone S, Strike C. Community reinforcement approach (CRA) supported with structured recreation therapy: Experiences of people living with HIV in a pilot substance use treatment program at a specialty hospital. Journal of Substance Use and AddictionTreatment. 2023; 147. ISSN 2949-8759,

Perri M, Guta A, Kaminski N, Bonn M, Kolla G, Bayoumi A, Challacombe L, Touesnard N, Gagnon M, McDougall P, Strike C. Spotting as a risk mitigation method: A qualitative study comparing organization-based and informal methods. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Jan;111:103905. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103905. Epub 2022 Nov 12. PMID: 36379109.

Perri M, Schmidt RA, Guta A, Kaminski N, Rudzinski K, Strike C. COVID-19 and the opportunity for gender-responsive virtual and remote substance use treatment and harm reduction services. Int J Drug Policy. 2022 Oct;108:103815. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103815. Epub 2022 Aug 8. PMID: 35969920; PMCID: PMC9359504.