Dr. Cheryl Peters is a Senior Scientist (Cancer Prevention and Population Health Promotion), shared between the BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Cancer, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine, Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Peters completed both her MSc (2007) and PhD (2015) in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia, and her postdoctoral work at Carleton University. She is the PI of CAREX Canada, a national exposure surveillance project that aims to identify and reduce Canadians’ exposures to carcinogens at the workplace and in the general environment. She is also a Canadian expert in the measurement and control of solar ultraviolet radiation exposure at work and leisure time. She has expertise in knowledge translation, and is a Member of the Canadian Urban Environment research consortium (CANUE). The overarching goal of her program of research is to reduce the risk of cancer due to forces that remain largely outside of an individual’s control – such as the chemical, radiation, and exhaust exposures we experience at work and in our daily lives. She also works with a variety of provincial partners in BC across the cancer prevention spectrum.

Research Interests

  • Occupational and environmental epidemiology
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Exposure assessment
  • Misinformation
  • Sex- and gender-based analyses
  • Knowledge translation
  • UV radiation

Current Appointments

Senior Scientist
Cancer Prevention and Population Health Promotion
BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Cancer
Vancouver, British Columbia

Adjunct Professor
School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Former Research Scientist
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Alberta Health Services, Cancer Care Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Oncology & Department of Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Affiliated Scientist
Occupational Cancer Research Centre
Cancer Care Ontario (Ontario Health)
Toronto, Ontario

Education and Training

  • 2015-2018  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, Carleton University and Institut de la recherche scientifique – Institut Armand-Frappier
  • 2010-2015  PhD, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, University of British Columbia
  • 2004-2007  MSc, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, University of British Columbia
  • 1998-2003  BSc Honours, Earth and Ocean Sciences and Geography combined major, University of Victoria