Milad Parpouchi

Study program:
Population and Public Health
Current affiliation:
Simon Fraser University

Milad Parpouchi (population and public health, Simon Fraser University) is investigating the factors that contribute to homelessness and the effectiveness of supported housing models in promoting social inclusion, recovery, and self-determination.

Doctoral research

Homelessness and mental illness: Understanding and overcoming marginalization

Milad’s research examines factors that contribute to homelessness and related marginalization over the life course, with the goal of creating opportunities for preventive action. His research also investigates the effectiveness of specific models of supported housing (e.g., Housing First) to promote social inclusion, recovery, and self-determination among homeless adults living with mental illness.

Housing is an internationally agreed human right. Nevertheless, well over 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year, contributing to profound marginalization and social injustice. Experiences early in life and across the life course can increase the risk of homelessness and related marginalization. These experiences include adverse childhood events, foster care, substance use, and a range of other social and structural determinants of health. Better understanding of these childhood risk factors creates opportunities for early intervention. Following the advent of homelessness, it is critically important to find ways to support individuals toward greater social inclusion. Evidence to date shows that the supported housing model known as Housing First, involving the provision of housing and health and social support services, increases community integration and quality of life.

Milad Parpouchi is a public health professional, a research associate at the Somers Research Group in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research doctoral scholar, and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar. Milad has received numerous awards and distinctions for his work addressing the health and human rights of marginalized and vulnerable populations. He has conducted ground-breaking research on food insecurity, sexual behaviour, and health service use among homeless people living with mental illness, and he is an accomplished university instructor, lecturer, and public speaker.  His research has been published in peer-reviewed publications and has been featured in print and broadcast media. Milad has also presented his findings at scientific meetings across Canada and the United States and in Europe.

Milad earned a master’s in public health and a bachelor of arts in health sciences from Simon Fraser University. He has led initiatives examining patients’ access to harm reduction services and reforming mental health services to be more inclusive of family members, caregivers, and patients. He has also led research investigating opioid substitution therapy among people experiencing multiple barriers to care, including homelessness.

Beyond his work in public health, Milad is an active volunteer and community builder.  He co-founded the Health Sciences Undergraduate Student Union at Simon Fraser University, serves as a mentor to prospective graduate students, and he is regularly invited to deliver presentations on academic and career skills to undergraduate and graduate students. Milad is also a professional musician and has taught piano, drums, and other percussion instruments.