Pinky Hapsari



Ayu Pinky Hapsari (Pinky) joined the Upstream lab in January 2020. She holds an MSc degree from the University of British Columbia with specialization in epidemiology and a master’s thesis that explored the relationship between outcome expectancies and cannabis use among adolescents using large survey data. At the Upstream lab, she is managing EMPOWER project that seeks to understand how the work condition of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in GTA impact their health outcomes. She is also supporting several projects through a breadth of research methods, such as statistical analysis, qualitative interviews, and systematic reviews. Prior to the Upstream Lab, she was with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction in Vancouver, coordinating an MoH-funded, needs-based planning project to develop ideal suites of services for mental and substance use disorders. Working at the Upstream Lab has further expanded her understanding of social determinants of health and allows her to apply research methods that are not conventionally associated with social issues.