Call for Steering Committee Applications: Mental Health for Students & Youth Research Initiative

Who is this for?

In order to apply to be on the Research Initiative Steering Committee, you must be a researcher at the University of Toronto or the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health with a demonstrated track record in research and/or scholarly expertise in the area of youth mental health. You must fall under one of the following roles at the University of Toronto.

  • Professor, Faculty Member
  • Adjunct Professor

Stakeholders interested in contributing to this project, including staff and students, should join our mailing list to learn about upcoming opportunities for engagement.

What do I need before I can begin?

To apply to serve on the Research Initiative Steering Committee you will need to provide a brief description of three to five examples from your CV that highlight your research outputs in the area of student and/or youth mental health.


In January 2020 the University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health released its final report. The administrative response to this report included an outline for a new partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) that consists of four integrated elements: (1) a redesign of campus-based services; (2) integrated care pathways between campus-based services and CAMH (and other Toronto hospitals); (3) enhanced clinical education programs on student mental health for trainees; and (4) a research initiative on youth and student mental health.

Three projects address these four elements.

  • The clinical review project addresses elements 1 and 2
  • The education project addresses element 3
  • The research project, led by Dr. Kristin Cleverley and which relates to this call, addresses element 4.

This Call for Applications seeks five to eight research faculty, representing each of the three U of T campuses and CAMH, who are experts in youth and/or student mental health to join the Research Initiative Steering Committee. This committee will lead the development of a network focused on research-informed, evidence-based solutions to the challenges identified by U of T’s Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health. Based on feedback from community consultations, the Steering Committee is to develop and submit a proposal for an Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) award to fund a new research initiative on Mental Health for Students and Youth.


The Steering Committee will work in partnership with a Student Reference Group, to be announced in early Fall. The Steering Committee will facilitate an inclusive consultation process with various stakeholders (including students, post-doctoral fellows, clinicians, administrators, and faculty at all career stages) to achieve the following.

  • Define the formal vision of the research network
  • Secure broad support (including funding) from CAMH and all three U of T campuses
  • Report regularly to the ISI Working Group and Provost
  • Submit a proposal for ISI funds by April 30, 2021

Committee Members are responsible for participating in all Steering Committee meetings, reviewing all documents shared with the Steering Committee, and co-writing the full proposal. Members may expect to spend a minimum of two to three hours a month in addition to monthly Steering Committee meetings on related activities, including reviewing and approving key documents.

The Steering Committee will liaise with Dr. Christine Allen, Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, Strategic Initiatives.

Eligibility Requirements

Steering Committee members are researchers who have a demonstrated track record of research, and/or scholarly expertise in student and youth mental health.

Submission Deadline

Applications may be submitted via online form by Friday, October 2, 2020.


There will be engagement opportunities throughout the course of this project for individuals who are not selected to serve on the Steering Committee. Please join this mailing list to receive updates on these opportunities.

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  • Provide institutional oversight and administrative support

VPRI Contact


Céline Bauwens

Institutional Strategic Initiatives Officer
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI)
(416) 864-3890

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