Research Assistant-Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Summary of position

We are seeking highly motivated individuals (4) to join our dynamic team at the Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (CEYMH), located at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Through a combination of innovation in health service delivery and research focused on new interventions, the CEYMH is a hub for transformative change for youth facing a variety of needs – health, social, educational, employment, among others. The Centre focuses not only on research to generate new knowledge, but to directly applying such knowledge in the delivery of youth mental health services and providing training to a new generation of clinicians, researchers, and support workers with expertise by experience.

The clinical research program: We have initiated a large, multi-level cohort of help-seeking and non-help-seeing youth and their family members who are facing adversity and follow them for 5-10 years, called Behavioural & Longitudinal Outcomes on youth development to Optimize Mental health trajectories (BLOOM). The aim is to better assess and prevent the onset of mental health issues in youth by understanding antecedents and optimizing service trajectories, among others. This is a transformative project that will enable us to develop evidence based preventive approached, and to integrate mental health support across different levels of healthcare.

Work environment: The employee will work across institutions, with a primary base at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, a highly specialized and research-intensive teaching institution, and its affiliate clinics in and around the neighbourhood. The Douglas Research Centre at the University Institute is the second largest mental health research center in Canada. Its vibrant multidisciplinary community of researchers investigate virtually all aspects of mental health, from genes to society. The Douglas forms part of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS-West Island), which provides health care services to a population of nearly 375,000 inhabitants (Statistics Canada, 2016).

Employment advantages: Comprehensive health benefits package, vacation and illness entitlement, adherence to the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan (RREGOP), on-site daycare centre, on-site fitness centre, affordable parking, access to leadership and mentoring opportunities, to name a few. Given the vibrant academic support, many RA in our setting progress to full time graduate or professional degree studies (based on competence and performance evaluations).

Description of tasks

  • Comprehensive psychosocial and psychometric evaluation of youth and/or their family members by following a validated protocol (complete training and supervision will be provided);
  • Organize and follow-up on virtual and in-person assessments;
  • Entry and maintenance of data into large databases;
  • Support of clinicians in leading focus groups and interventions for youth and their families;
  • Provide part-time support to clinical teams in clinical settings (e.g., patient intake, routine assessments) as per the needs of the clinical teams;
  • Report regularly on work progress to team members and Project Manager.

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field required – Master’s degree considered an asset;
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience.

Required skills

  • Thorough knowledge of research practices and health care settings;
  • Familiarity with psychopathology and psychometric assessments;
  • Knowledge in child development;
  • Flexible in hours and mobile (will be required to travel to other institutions in the CIUSSS-West Island territory);
  • Prior experience working with youth service users, their families, and care providers is highly desired.

Required abilities

  • Capacity to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, result-oriented environments;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Fluency in both official languages (French and English) is required;
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills;
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Legally able to work in Canada.

Location of work

Douglas Research Centre and other institutions of the CIUSSS-West Island as well as neighbouring community organizations (on-site presence required).

Work schedule

  • Minimum 4 days (28 hours) per week: Monday-Friday
  • 1-year contract, renewable on a yearly basis with raise upon satisfactory progress
  • Preferred start date: February 2024.


49 285 $ to 87 323 $ yearly commensurate with education and experience

Required to travel?

Will need to travel to other CIUSSS-West Island establishments (most accessible by public transit, all accessible by car)

Instructions for submitting an application

Please send your CV and a cover letter to:

Ensure your CV explains how your background meets the listed requirements for the position.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity. Kindly note that applications without a cover letter or CV will not be accepted and only qualified applicants will be contacted.

The Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons, visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Contact person

Celine Villemus


Name of immediate supervisor

Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Director of the CEYMH

Ms. Celine Villemus, Project Manager

Posting dates

20/10/2023 2:58 pm to