Richard Violette, MA (Sociology), BA (Anthropology/Sociology)
Research coordinator, Special projects
Richard graduated with a master’s degree in sociology from Concordia University in 2010 after earning his BA joint specialization in anthropology/sociology in 2004. His academic research focused primarily on the sociological understanding of suicide, with a specific focus on the emergence of youth suicide as one of the defining features of the contemporary suicide regime in Québec and Canada.
Richard held a variety of research-intensive positions in Québec: first as the academic coordinator for the McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre in Montréal, then as a planning, programs and research agent with the CHU de Québec in Québec City and, lastly, as a public health surveillance officer at the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
Since moving back to Ontario in 2014, he has worked as the bilingual site coordinator at Waterloo’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact and was responsible for recruiting and implementing remote school-based data collections in francophone schools outside Québec.
As a research coordinator of special projects, Richard now brings his vast toolkit of research and project management skills to OPEN overall and to the Pharmacists-as-immunizers and Pharmacist vaccine hesitancy projects specifically.