Strategic Plan in Action: Announcing the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Professorship in Mental Health

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past year, the UBC Department of Psychiatry has been working in close collaboration with the Fraser Health Authority, the Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) Foundation, and the UBC FoM Dean’s Office in order to create a new academic faculty position to be based in Fraser Health. In our discussions, there was broad recognition of a need for a mental health research hub in Fraser Health, particularly one that focused on the distinctive challenges of the immigrant, ethnically diverse, and refugee populations situated across BC’s fastest-growing region.  Furthermore, the creation of an academic position in Fraser would strongly support the Department’s strategic priority to expand research capacity and infrastructure within the distributed sites.

To this end, I am delighted to announce that the Department, in partnership with Fraser Health, the RCH Foundation and the UBC Institute of Mental Health, has established the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Professorship in Mental Health, a new endowed professorship that will enable the recruitment of a full-time tenured Associate Professor or Professor who will lead a mental health and addictions research portfolio at Royal Columbian Hospital.  

The job posting is currently advertised on the UBC job board and our website, where you may view the job posting in full, and will soon be posted to national and international job boards. Should you have any questions regarding this faculty career opportunity, please kindly direct them to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at The applicant review and selection process will begin on October 15, 2023.

I look forward to sharing further news and updates with you as we move forward with this recruitment.  In the meantime, I ask you for your help and persistence in sharing 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

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