Announcement of 2022/2023 Stimulus Grant Awardees

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Stimulus Grants.

The Stimulus Grants Initiative was launched by the UBC Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the UBC Institute of Mental Health (UBC IMH) and BC Children’s Hospital, with the aim to increase research capacity and support for clinicians, residents and junior academics seeking to initiate pilot or small, self-contained studies in their areas of interest in mental health. The applications were assessed by members of an international scientific advisory board, constituted by the Department. All applications were of high quality and we want to commend ALL applicants for their efforts in putting together excellent applications. 

The following applicants were awarded a Stimulus Grant:

Stimulus-Clinician Grant

Dr. Michael Song, PGY1 Resident: Epigenetic markers for adverse childhood experiences among complex concurrent psychiatric disorders: a pilot study

Stimulus-Junior Academic Grant

Dr. Heather Palis, Postdoctoral Fellow: Examining ten-year trends of ADHD diagnosis and treatment in British Columbia among people with concurrent substance use disorders and history of incarceration

Stimulus-Child and Youth Mental Health Grant

Dr. Clara Westwell-Roper, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Resident: Longitudinal variation in markers of stress and inflammation in youth with obsessive-compulsive disorder and their parents participating in group family-based cognitive behavioural therapy

Dr. Ruiyang Ge, Research Associate: Individual-Level Deviations from Normative Neuroanatomical Models in Youth with Mood Disorders

We thank each and every applicant who submitted a proposal and we offer our warm congratulations to the successful applicants.

We encourage all eligible faculty and residents to consider submitting a proposal for the next cycle of the Stimulus Grants competition. Proposals will be accepted from June 1st 2023 to October 1st 2023. Details can be found at

In addition, two Stimulus Grant Information Sessions will be hosted by Dr. Frangou during the summer, and are open to anyone interested in submitting an application. Please stay tuned, as more details regarding these sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health and BC Children’s Hospital, we wish much success to each of our 2022/2023 Stimulus Grant recipients as they pursue their respective projects, and we look forward to sharing with you updates regarding their progress in the near future.


Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Roberto Sassi, Psychiatrist in Chief, BCCH and Associate Professor (Partner) & CAP Division Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry

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