The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)
Ottawa, Ontario

The Royal Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Mental Health is an initiative of the Integrated Forensic Program to attract post-doctoral researchers with a demonstrated capacity for research excellence, leadership, and potential to advance research in forensic mental health.

Location: The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)
Supervisor: Member of the Forensic Research Unit at IMHR

Location Description:
The Royal is one of Canada's foremost menal health care and academic health science centres. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment resistant mental illness. Located in the heart of Canada's capital, The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR) is a nationally recognized institute dedicated to improving mental health and well-being locally and globally. It is fully affiliated with the University of Ottawa and has fMRI/PET imaging that is devoted exclusively to clinical research. 

Fellowship Description:
The Royal is pleased to offer a 2-year PDF (one year, renewable after annual performance review) in forensic mental health, focusing on the characteristics, trajectories or outcomes of individuals with psychiatric conditions who are involved with the law.

The primary focus of the fellowship will be the design and conduct of new and ongoing research projects concerning forensic mental health. The successful applicant will have strong quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis skills and evidence of research productivity. Additional duties may include database management and supervision of research assistants, students, and volunteers.


  • PhD, MD, or equivalent in psychology, psychiatry, or a related mental health field
  • For an MD candidate, the candidate must have sub-specialization in forensic psychiatry of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent
  • Strong quantitative or qualitative analysis skills
  • Experience working with forensic/correctional clients and their clinical files
  • Effective organizational, time and interpersonal skills

This fellowship opportunity does not require Canadian citizenship. However, you must be lawfully able to work in Canada and have a Canadian social insurance number. This means that you must be: a Canadian citizen; or a permanent resident; or a foreign national with an open work permit or an employer-specific work permit that identifies the IMHR as the employer.

IMHR can assist with a work permit application if one is required.


How to Apply:
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, three of your best publications, and up to three references by email to the Director of the Forensic Research Unit, Dr. Michael Seto:

Posting Expiration Date: 
Sun, 2018-08-12 (All day)