Strategic Plan in Action: Academic Faculty Recruitment in the Northern Medical Program



Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to share that the UBC Department of Psychiatry has recently made important progress in meeting two key objectives outlined in the UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Since early 2021, the Department has been actively pursuing opportunities to establish an academic presence beyond the Vancouver epicentre, and build much-needed research capacity within our distributed sites across BC. As well, the Department remains committed to addressing the many inequities and challenges, such as the lack of adequate access to mental health care, experienced by Indigenous communities throughout the province. Working in collaboration with the Regional Department Heads of the Health Authorities and the Regional Associate Deans of the Distributed Medical Programs, we are making meaningful steps with regard to these dual objectives.

To this end, the Department, in partnership with the NMP, has initiated the recruitment for a full-time tenure-stream academic faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to be based in Prince George, BC. This position will play an integral role in the development of a mental health and addictions research program focused on access to care, early intervention, and population health in rural and remote areas and Indigenous communities, with the long-term goal of further advancing Northern-based mental health research and promoting sustainable care for mental illness and addictions in our province’s most underserved regions.

The job posting is currently advertised on local, national, and international job boards, and the applicant review and selection process will begin on February 1, 2022. Please visit our Department website Career Opportunities web page if you wish to view the job posting in full. Should you have any questions regarding this faculty career opportunity, please kindly direct them to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at

I look forward to sharing further news and updates with you in the New Year as we move forward with this recruitment.  In the meantime, I encourage you to share this faculty career opportunity widely across your networks and channels.



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry