Ayden Scheim


Affiliate Scientist


Please note Dr. Scheim will not be taking any summer students.

Dr. Scheim is an Affiliate Scientist with the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He is also a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a Ph.D. (2017) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University, where he was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. Dr. Scheim investigates the impacts of social, policy, and healthcare environments on the health of stigmatized populations. In particular, his research program involves community-engaged research with transgender populations and marginalized people who use drugs, both domestically and globally.

Recent Publications

  1. Chakrapani, V, Scheim, AI, Newman, PA, Shunmugam, M, Rawat, S, Baruah, D et al.. Affirming and negotiating gender in family and social spaces: Stigma, mental health and resilience among transmasculine people in India. Cult Health Sex. 2021; :1-17. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2021.1901991. PubMed PMID:33847243 .
  2. Roth, AM, Mitchell, AK, Mukherjee, R, Scheim, AI, Ward, KM, Lankenau, SE et al.. Prevalence and Correlates of Syringe Disposal Box Use in a Philadelphia Neighborhood with High Levels of Public Drug Injection. Subst Use Misuse. 2021;56 (5):668-673. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2021.1887252. PubMed PMID:33663334 .
  3. Rich, AJ, Scheim, AI, Koehoorn, M, Poteat, T. Non-HIV chronic disease burden among transgender populations globally: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Prev Med Rep. 2020;20 :101259. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101259. PubMed PMID:33335828 PubMed Central PMC7732872.
  4. Scheim, A, Kacholia, V, Logie, C, Chakrapani, V, Ranade, K, Gupta, S et al.. Health of transgender men in low-income and middle-income countries: a scoping review. BMJ Glob Health. 2020;5 (11):. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003471. PubMed PMID:33239337 PubMed Central PMC7689587.
  5. Lacombe-Duncan, A, Kia, H, Logie, CH, Todd, KP, Persad, Y, Leblanc, G et al.. A qualitative exploration of barriers to HIV prevention, treatment and support: Perspectives of transgender women and service providers. Health Soc Care Community. 2020; :. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13234. PubMed PMID:33237600 .
  6. Scheim, AI, Bouck, Z, Tookey, P, Hopkins, S, Sniderman, R, McLean, E et al.. Supervised consumption service use and recent non-fatal overdose among people who inject drugs in Toronto, Canada. Int J Drug Policy. 2021;87 :102993. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102993. PubMed PMID:33160158 .
  7. Gicquelais, RE, Werb, D, Marks, C, Ziegler, C, Mehta, SH, Genberg, BL et al.. Prevalence and Correlates of Providing and Receiving Assistance With the Transition to Injection Drug Use. Epidemiol Rev. 2020;42 (1):4-18. doi: 10.1093/epirev/mxaa008. PubMed PMID:33024995 PubMed Central PMC7947591.
  8. Scheim, AI, Maghsoudi, N, Marshall, Z, Churchill, S, Ziegler, C, Werb, D et al.. Impact evaluations of drug decriminalisation and legal regulation on drug use, health and social harms: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (9):e035148. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035148. PubMed PMID:32958480 PubMed Central PMC7507857.
  9. Maksut, JL, Sanchez, TH, Wiginton, JM, Scheim, AI, Logie, CH, Zlotorzynska, M et al.. Gender identity and sexual behavior stigmas, severe psychological distress, and suicidality in an online sample of transgender women in the United States. Ann Epidemiol. 2020;52 :15-22. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.07.020. PubMed PMID:32768521 PubMed Central PMC7725857.
  10. Lacombe-Duncan, A, Logie, CH, Persad, Y, Leblanc, G, Nation, K, Kia, H et al.. 'Transgender Education for Affirmative and Competent HIV and Healthcare (TEACHH)': protocol of community-based intervention development and a non-randomised multisite pilot study with pre-post test design in Canada. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (7):e034144. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034144. PubMed PMID:32737085 PubMed Central PMC7398088.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Diego