**Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry**
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,
I am delighted to announce that Dr. Daniel Vigo has been jointly appointed in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) as a tenure track Assistant Professor, starting on July 1, 2020. This academic faculty position was created as a result of the Department/SPPH proposal in the areas of Mental Health Systems and Policy, Public Mental Health, Student Mental Health, and Psychiatric Epidemiology, which was selected in the third round of the Faculty of Medicine Faculty Renewal Initiative for the recruitment of exceptional early-career academics in the areas of Translational Medicine & Innovation and Critical Succession. As you may recall, Dr. Vigo was initially recruited as a term Assistant Professor in the Department on July 1, 2019, and will now be transferring to this new tenure track appointment. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Vigo held academic faculty positions as a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
As a psychiatrist and health services scientist with formal training in both clinical psychology and public health, Dr. Vigo has a strong interdisciplinary background and expertise in psychiatric epidemiology, mental health systems and policy, burden of disease estimation, and global mental health. His body of work has not only resulted in publications in top-tier journals such as Lancet Psychiatry and Lancet Public Health, but also in important and productive collaborations with global leaders in the field, as well as recognition by the World Health Organization (WHO), with whom Dr. Vigo continues to build a strong working relationship. In 2018, he was the lead author on a WHO/PAHO report on Mental Health Burden in the Americas, and he has also co-authored two recent papers with the current and former WHO Directors of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He currently leads or co-leads several other collaborations of global scope, including chairing the Policy and Services Workgroup of the WHO World Mental Health Surveys Initiative, the largest global mental health epidemiology collaboration collecting primary data.
Since arriving at UBC last year, Dr. Vigo has also been engaged in the development of e-health strategies for university students, building a collaborative network of researchers at UBC, SFU, the University of Toronto, and Harvard to develop e-mental health screening and treatment tools that can be integrated into university health services. Notably, his proposal for a multisite trial for online detection and intervention approaches to opioid and alcohol use in university students was awarded a significant grant from Health Canada, and this project is now under way.
Within this new joint faculty position and as an ongoing member of UBC Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Vigo will be spearheading the development of a novel applied research portfolio in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology and mental health systems, and will play a key role in consolidating partnerships between UBC Psychiatry, UBC SPPH, and the Ministries of Health and of Mental Health and Addictions, the Provincial Health Authorities, and other public health agencies. Given his experience in curriculum development across broad academic settings, Dr. Vigo will also serve as a primary consultant in the development of a forthcoming collaborative Translational Psychiatry Master’s program to be jointly offered by the Department of Psychiatry and SPPH.
The UBC Department of Psychiatry and SPPH are very fortunate to have a candidate as uniquely qualified as Dr. Vigo join our tenure track academic faculty. Please join Dr. Peter Berman and me in warmly welcoming Dr. Vigo to this new appointment, and in wishing him continued success as he transitions into this exciting new phase of his career at UBC.
Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)