Dr. Travis Salway is a social epidemiologist whose research investigates the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) people. He is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, a Michael Smith Scholar (2019-2024) and an Affiliated Researcher/Faculty at the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, and the Community-Based Research Centre.
Dr. Salway’s research has resulted in an improved understanding of patterns and causes of mental health outcomes among sexual minority populations. In 2019, he presented this research to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, in the context of their historic study on LGBTQ2 Health in Canada. Dr. Salway is the co-founder and facilitator of The Roundtable: BC’s LGBTQ2S Mental Health & Substance Use Networking Space. He uses epidemiology to understand differences in the health status of LGBTQ2 people and mixed methods approaches to uncover the mechanisms for these differences. Dr. Salway works collaboratively with LGBTQ2 community organizations, public health practitioners, and legislators to identify policies, practices, and educational approaches to remedy LGBTQ2 health inequities. He has most recently led a series of studies to clarify the scope and nature of so-called conversion therapy practices in Canada.