Announcement of 2023/2024 Stimulus Grant Awardees

Dear Faculty, Staff, Fellows and Residents,

We are delighted to share that, following careful review and deliberation by an external Scientific Committee comprised of members outside of UBC and Canada, the selection process for the 2023/2024 Stimulus Grant Initiative has been completed.

A total of three innovative projects have been recommended for funding by the Committee across the Clinician, Junior Academic, and Child and Youth Mental Health streams, selected out of the many outstanding proposals we received this cycle. 

Congratulations to the following awardees:

Stimulus-Clinician Grant

  • Dr. Ivan Torres, Clinical Professor: Preliminary investigation of psychometric properties of a scale to assess compensatory cognitive strategies in people with psychiatric illness

Stimulus-Junior Academic Grant

  • Dr. Clare Killikelly, Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Digital early detection of psychological disorder after the loss of a loved one

Stimulus-Child and Youth Mental Health Grant

  • Dr. Shira Segal, Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Small-Scale Group Treatment of Selective Mutism in Adolescents

The Stimulus Grants Initiative was launched in 2022 by the UBC Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the UBC Institute of Mental Health (UBC IMH) and BC Children’s Hospital, 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.

Please keep in mind that the next Stimulus Grant application cycle will open on June 1, 2024!

On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, the UBC IMH and BC Children’s Hospital, we wish much success to each of our 2023/2024 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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