Research Associate – Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Summary of position

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our dynamic team at the Douglas Research Centre. The candidate will work under the umbrella of the Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (CEYMH) with Chief Investigator, Dr. Sherif Karama. 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 individuals with lived experience in mental health.

Research project: The project investigates the impacts of psychostimulants on hippocampus development. Understanding these impacts is essential for informing clinical practices, particularly in the context of prescription stimulant use, to ensure the optimal cognitive and emotional development of individuals. We seek an energetic and committed individual to work with us in leading this effort.

Work environment: The Research Associate will be based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, a highly specialized and research-intensive teaching institution providing mental health care services to individuals of all ages. It includes the Douglas Research Centre, 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).

Description of tasks

  • Perform analyses relevant to the research project
  • Interact with youth and families regarding recruitment, specimen collection, questionnaire administration, etc. and act as a point of contact for participants who have questions regarding eligibility, registration, and specimen submission.
  • Ensure proper data management and storage
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts and reports and participate in scientific outreach activities (seminars, conferences, etc.), as required
  • Report regularly on work progress to supervisor and participate in CEYMH team activities

Required qualifications

  • Doctorate degree or equivalent in a health-related field required
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience

Required skills

  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of research practices and health care settings
  • Familiarity with psychopathology and psychometric assessments
  • Experience coordinating activities for research projects involving human participants

Required abilities

  • Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, result-oriented environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Experience in developing and managing ethics approvals and regulatory practices in a clinical research setting
  • Thorough knowledge of clinical data flow and research design
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines

Location of work

Douglas Research Centre (hybrid)

Work schedule

  • Part-time 4 days (7.5h/day)
  • 12-month contract, renewable on satisfactory progress
  • Immediate start date


Commensurate with education and experience

Required to travel?


Instructions for submitting an application

Send your CV to: Please 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 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.


Name of immediate supervisor

Dr. Sherif Karama

Posting dates