Yiyan Li


Yiyan Li PhD (Sociology) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Li’s research interests are broad, including media, gender, substance use, immigration, public health and community-based research. She has examined the way media representation could reflect ideologies in certain social contexts. By analyzing the national database, she has examined immigrant civic engagement, chronic health conditions and life satisfaction. Currently, she is focusing on immigrant substance use and substance use prevention among immigrant youth. By exploring family-based interventions for preventing substance use among youth, Dr. Li and colleagues seek to develop culturally safe interventions and to inform policy development on immigrant wellbeing.

Node Funded Project (December 2020)

Title: Exploring family-focused immigrant youth substance use prevention programs: A scoping review

Principal Investigator: Yiyan Li, University of Saskatchewan


Dr. Geoffrey Maina, Dr. Mamata Pandey, Dr. Jonathan Amoyaw


This CRISM node project aims to explore and characterize family-based immigrant youth substance use prevention interventions using a scoping review of the literature and community consultation. The purpose of this project is to collaboratively identify a family-based immigrant substance use youth prevention program that can be adapted to address the needs of  immigrant communities with limited English proficiency. Immigrant parents seeking settlement services at Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC) have expressed concern regarding the risk for substance use among immigrant youth. The limited English language ability among these newcomers and immigrants also hinders their ability to deeply understand the substance use trends and risks that their children experience. As a result, they have expressed a need to build capacity to understand substances of abuse that immigrant youth may be at risk of and gain knowledge for detecting early signs of substance use initiation and accessing information that would empower them to support their children in mitigating these risks. In response to this need, RIWC has partnered with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority to explore ways to address this need.


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