Ayden Scheim holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University in London, Canada, where he was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. In October 2017, he will begin a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Global Public Health at UC San Diego.
His doctoral research examined the impacts of discrimination on health behaviours among transgender people in Ontario, Canada, and developed a new instrument for measuring discrimination intersectionally in population health research.
Ayden maintains an active program of interdisciplinary and community-engaged research on health in/equity among socially excluded populations, with a focus on transgender communities and people who use drugs. Current projects include a study of supervised injection service feasibility in two mid-sized Canadian cities, a national project to set Canadian research priorities on transgender women and HIV, and analyses of data from the Trans PULSE Project, the largest Canadian survey of transgender adult health.
Ayden provides research, evaluation, and training services as a consultant. All of his work is informed by over a decade of front-line experience providing transgender health, HIV prevention, and harm reduction services.