Client Organization: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences;
Position Title: Research Chair, Applied Research in Mental Health
Reports to: Vice President, Practice and Academics, and Chief Nurse Executive, Ontario Shores, and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
ABOUT ONTARIO SHORES
Ontario Shores is a publicly funded mental health facility located in a beautiful setting in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada that provides a spectrum of specialized tertiary assessment and treatment services to individuals living with complex and serious mental illness.
The hospital serves a large urban and rural geographic region with a population of approximately 2.8 M people characterized by rapid growth and ethnic diversity. Its mission is to provide exemplary mental health care to its community, and to provide leadership through research, education and advocacy:
The facility includes 346 inpatient beds, a multitude of outpatient and community-based services and over 1,200 staff; its clinical programs cover the spectrum of adolescent, adult, geriatric and forensic mental health.
Ontario Shores is working to advance its mental health research program through its 5‐year roadmap. Our vision is to advance the mental health of the Central East Ontario population and beyond, by using research and end‐user engagement to provide evidence‐based care to meet individual needs in collaboration with our system partners. Aligned to our strategic vision of being bold and extraordinary, we aim to reduce health inequities, improve patient health outcomes and support integrated care delivery beyond our walls.
Ontario Shores seeks a scientist Chair committed to research excellence who will play a central role in achieving our 5-year road through development of new models of care that incorporate innovative approaches to improving quality of care and the patient/family experience in mental health. The Chair will lead an independent research program in the area of applied management of patients with mental health disorders in the tertiary metal health care setting. The research will be undertaken at a level that can achieve international recognition for excellence and may include such elements as psychosocial assessment and management and therapeutic support of patients with mental health challenges. The Chair will serve as an ambassador for Ontario Shores in the development of collaborative research partnerships with national and international partners, and in the development of evidence-informed care practices within the organization.
The Chair will substantially accelerate the growth of the hospital’s academic mission and its visibility within the Canadian and global academic mental health community, and will be a champion of translational research and will demonstrate the relevance of applied research to clinical care. The nature of the population served by the hospital and the publicly funded healthcare model that exists within Ontario ensure that researchers will be able to access appropriate study populations without substantive barriers. Additionally, Ontario Shores supports more than 50 long term care facilities which can not only provide a referral base for research studies but may be a platform upon which such research can be performed.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for the position will hold an PhD or an MD and post-graduate research training, with a proven track record of research achievement relevant to mental health and experience leading multi-site and practice-based research collaborations. The successful candidate will be a scientist with a strong history of successful research in mental health with internationally recognized academic credentials and a strong record of peer-reviewed grant funding and of international recognition within their research area.
The founding chair must hold from an accredited institution an earned doctorate in a mental health-related field (dementia, psychogeriatrics, anxiety and mood disorders, health behaviour, etc.) or an MD with postgraduate research training and should possess:
The Chair will report to both the Vice-President, Practice and Academics, and Chief Nurse Executive, Ontario Shores and to Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
The term of the position is 5 years and may be renewed once subject to satisfactory completion of a 5-year external academic review.
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