Thompson Rivers University

Working with HIV children in Uganda

  Posted on: March 1, 2019

Dr. Bonnie Fournier

It took 10 years and untold determination, but Dr. Bonnie Fournier was not giving up on helping school children living with HIV in Northern Uganda who face stigma that can lead to school drop out,  isolation, depression, and thoughts of suicide.

She has been awarded a $600,000 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant, so she can return to Uganda and work alongside a community-based organization to incorporate local cultural knowledge into the classroom to lessen the stigma of living with HIV.

Fournier is an associate professor in the TRU School of Nursing.


  • PhD University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing, MSc (Health Promotion) University of Alberta, School of Public Health, BSN Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing
  • Established the Youth and Young Adult Engagement for Success (YYES) Research Lab with the purpose to systematically investigate emerging and complex lives of youth in Canada and globally and build capacities of youth to take action to improve their lives and that of their communities
  •  Population health researcher with an interest in the intersections of place-people-health-policy and particularly in novel approaches and interventions to improve health outcomes with a focus on integrated knowledge translation strategies


Dr. Bonnie Fournier, associate professor
School of Nursing