Karine Diedrich:

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Karine Diedrich is a Strategic Partnerships Officer at the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (CCSA), a not-for-profit organization that provides national leadership, evidence-informed analysis and mobilizes collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. Her current areas of focus include working across sectors to better understand the linkages between sport participation and youth substance use; developing new tracking and knowledge exchange mechanisms for novel psychoactive substances; and, supporting best practice in youth substance abuse prevention. Ms. Diedrich is a Vice President of the Gloucester Recreation Development Organization (GRDO), an organization that delivers affordable recreation and leadership programs for children and youth who may face financial, cultural, or social barriers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Carleton University and a Professional Certificate in Partnership Management from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA).

You can find her on Twitter: @KarineDiedrich, and LinkedIn.

Niki Kiepek

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Niki Kiepek, PhD, MSc(OT) is an Assistant Professor at the Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy. Her program of research is focused on broadening the social understanding of substance use in Canada, with an emphasis on exploring the impact of substances on performance and experience. Niki is currently engaged in several projects regarding the use of substances by professionals and students in professional programs. She integrates several methodological approaches to learn about substance use within the context of people’s daily lives, including critical discourse analysis (CDA), surveys, qualitative interviews, and ecological momentary assessment (EMA), which uses an App-based data collection instrument. Her prior work has problematised Western concepts of denial and cognitive distortions as factors that can introduce biases into interpretations of personal accounts of substance use. Email Niki:

You can also follow her on Twitter.

Kyle Mulrooney, MA


Kyle Mulrooney is a PhD fellow with the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, an Erasmus Mundus joint Doctorate of the European Union. His Ph.D dissertation is devoted to the sociological study of punishment and penal control. Following this line he has also taken an interest in the doping phenomenon, examining the consumption and regulation of human enhancement drugs. Having played organized sport his whole life, and now engaging in a variety of fitness actives from Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting to coaching and personal training, Kyle has experienced firsthand the role of human enhancement drugs in sport. His research in this field aims to explore the growing use of human enhancement drugs in society and to identify policy strategies which attend to this issue from a public health perspective. Kyle holds a MA in the Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain, and a BA (Honours) in Criminology and Justice from the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology, Canada. Email Kyle:

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