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Fellowship in Mood and Anxiety Disorders - BC Children's Hospital

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Fellowship in Mood and Anxiety Disorders

BC Children’s Hospital

Full Time Fellowship (1 year) – Start Date between (August – October, 2020)

Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders

The UBC Department of Psychiatry is inviting eligible candidates to apply for a full-time Fellowship in Mood and Anxiety Disorders, with either a clinical or combined clinical-research focus.

The fellow will work closely with their primary supervisor and other team members in the mood and anxiety disorders clinic including child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social worker, graduate students, and research assistants. The fellow will participate in weekly team meetings and will have opportunities for involvement in assessment, treatment, community consultation, teaching and mood and anxiety disorders research.

Clinical training experiences include diagnostic assessments, individual and group-based treatment approaches for mood and anxiety disorders. Particular focus areas within the clinic include mindfulness-based parenting programs for childhood anxiety as well as cognitive behavioural groups for children and parents including mindfulness components for parents. Specialized parent-child interaction therapy-informed group selective mutism treatment is another area of expertise for the clinic. We regularly run CBT groups for teen social anxiety and childhood anxiety, as well as interpersonal therapy groups for teen depression. Additional opportunities would include participation in mindfulness groups for teens with mixed depression and anxiety. We also work closely with other subspecialty clinics such as OCD and neuropsychiatry and there would be opportunities for collaboration across clinics in areas of shared expertise.  

Research training experiences include participating in existing clinical research projects including an ongoing selective mutism treatment outcome study including an examination of moderators of treatment outcome including the role of parent factors. Other clinical interventions including group-based treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders and parent-based treatment programs are possible areas for program evaluation and/or research. Development of new training materials and knowledge translation round out the academic opportunities as part of this fellowship. Our provincial program at BC Children’s Hospital has been developing new models of care to increase access to specialized care throughout the province as well as build community capacity, particularly in rural and remote areas. Evaluation data of the new models of care are being collected on an ongoing basis. These data provide opportunities for evaluation of these new models of care. In addition, there is opportunity to participate in further development and evaluation of new services as well as participation in clinical delivery of outreach and collaborative models of care. Areas of current focus are low incidence disorders including selective mutism and complex presentations of mood and anxiety disorders.

Available Fellowship Supervisors:

Rosalind Catchpole, Ph.D, is a registered psychologist and head of the mood and anxiety disorders clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. She is a clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her research efforts currently are focused on characteristics of children with selective mutism, treatment outcomes of novel behavioural/PCIT treatment and predictors of treatment outcome. She has also published in the area of youth concurrent disorders; in particular examining psychosocial characteristics of youth with concurrent disorders as well as patterns of cigarette smoking among this population. She also has a keen interest in parental factors in anxiety disorders treatment and examining more parent-heavy approaches to anxiety disorders treatment.

Susan Baer, MD, Ph.D. is a psychiatrist and medical director of the outpatient department at BC Children’s Hospital. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her research efforts are currently focused on treatment evaluation for children with selective mutism. Other areas of research have included evaluation of internet use (including video gaming) in children and youth with psychiatric disorders, as well as evaluation of cognitive behavioral group treatment of social anxiety disorder.

Other Teaching Faculty and Interdisciplinary Team Members:

Psychiatrists: Drs. Susan Baer, Megan MacFadden, Tamara Salih, Ashley Miller

Clinical Psychologists: Drs. Rosalind Catchpole and Sandra Clark

Social Worker: Natasha Masciantonio

Applicants will have a medical degree and successful completion of a MD Residency Training Program &/OR a PhD in mental health or related fields.

To apply for this rewarding career development opportunity, please forward a letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

Dr. Lucinda Kunkel

Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2019

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position will operate out of the Children and Women’s Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders at BC Children’s Hospital.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. However, Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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