Christian Schütz

Christian Schütz

Professor (Partner), UBC Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Use & Concurrent Disorders

Head, Division of Substance Use & Concurrent Disorders, UBC Department of Psychiatry

Clinician Scientist, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Research, Education and Evaluation Medical Manager, Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction

Director, Research, Adult Mental Health and Substance Use, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services, PHSA

Scientist, UBC Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHEOS)

Researcher, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Member, UBC Institute of Mental Health


Short Biography

Academic background: MD from Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany, PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany and MPH from Johns-Hopkins -University, Baltimore MD. Fellowship at NIDA/NIH, Baltimore MD (Behavioral Pharmacology), sabbatical at Yale University, New Haven, CT (Clinical Neuroscience).

Clinical background: Medical specialist in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Addiction Medicine. Training in Public Health.

Research Focus

Dr. Schütz’s main research interests focus on the clinical interventions and health service in substance use disorders and dual diagnoses (mental plus substance use disorders), as well as neurobiological and neurocognitive aspects of impulsive decision-making.

His focus is on understanding the mechanism of relapse and impulsive decision-making to improve treatment of addiction and concurrent disorders; developing novel interventions focused on stimulant use disorders; and developing a more comprehensive integrated min/brain-based sound concept of motivation and decision-making. Publications include over 170 research articles.

He has spoken in over 250 presentations across Europe and North America, discussing the latest scientific findings about substance use disorders and concurrent disorders.

Dr. Schütz is also the Principal Investigator of the B.R.A.I.N. Lab.


Career Highlights

2020                         Outstanding Academic Performance (OAP), Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

2019                         Outstanding Academic Performance (OAP), Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

2018                         Outstanding Academic Performance (OAP), Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

2017                         NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, Brain and Behaviour Foundation

2015 – present      Founding Member, World Association of Dual Diagnosis (WADD)

2013 – present      Member, Canadian Psychiatric Association (Chair Addiction Psychiatry Section)

2012 – present      Member, World Psychiatric Association, Section on Addiction Psychiatry

2012 – present      Member, College International for Neuropsychiatry (CINP)

2012 – present      Member, International Society for Research on Impulsivity (ISIR)

2021 – Present      Member, BC Ministry of Mental Health & Addiction Core Advisory Group for MHA Research 

2020 – present      Member, Psychedelic Medicine Assisted Therapy Advisory Committee organized by BC Ministry of Mental Health & Addiction

2019 – present      Member, Provincial Concurrent Disorder Technical Panel

2019 – present      Advisory Committee Member, Planning for the Appropriate Use of Prescription Heroin, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario

2013 – 2019           Chair, Addiction Psychiatry Section, Canadian Society of Psychiatry