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Job Posting: Postdoctoral Fellow in Indigenous Mental Health Research

November 15, 2016

The Institute for Mental Health Policy Research is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to undertake a comprehensive training program to gain a better understanding of mental health and substance use issues in Indigenous communities and ways to build community capacity for strengths-based programming to improve community wellness. The research team has extensive experience conducting community-based research and developing strengths-based programming in First Nations communities. We have collected data on community strengths, resilience, social supports, cultural identity as well as historical loss and unresolved grief, attendance at and the intergenerational impact of residential and Indian day schools. We are also studying the health effects of maternal opioid use on children. The team is also leading the development of a men’s mental health program in one First Nation, through participatory action research.

The postdoctoral fellow will lead and participate in the development of a series of scientific papers which may include the following topic areas: social/resilience resources, trauma and stressors, mental health and substance use outcomes, maternal opioid use. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist in the development of grant proposals focusing on understanding and addressing mental health and substance use issues in First Nations. This position is located at the London site, IMHPR, Western University in London, Ontario.


Applicants for this position should have a recent Ph.D. in a related discipline (e.g., Epidemiology, Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies), have experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative analyses, have demonstrated ability preparing and publishing research papers, and be interested in pursuing a career that focuses on applied research relating to substance use, addiction and/or mental health challenges in Indigenous populations. Knowledge in Indigenous health issues are an asset. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to make independent contributions to knowledge during their appointment.

Please note, this is a one-year position with the possibility of being extended for one additional year. The deadline for applications is 28 November 2016, please forward your resume to:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
c/o Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
100 Collip Circle, Suite 200
London, Ontario  N6G 4X8


Fax: (519) 858-5199

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