Peer Researcher Job Posting

Realizing Human Rights and Social Justice Mental Health

This research involves research teams from Canada, Kenya and Australia and is investigating service user experiences of coercive practices (involuntary detainment & treatment, seclusion, restraints, etc.,) and role of recovery oriented, service user involved organizations in advancing equity and aligning mental health services with the UN’s Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities human rights framework and the WHO’s mental health Quality Rights Initiative. In our work we are interested in documenting the ways in which coercive practices are disproportionately experienced by Aboriginal and other communities marginalized by race, migration or criminalization. The project is funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Position and Responsibilities

We are inviting applications for a peer research assistant to support the Realizing Human Rights and Social Justice in Mental Health project. As a peer researcher you will be part of a large, international interdisciplinary team of researchers, community partners and people with lived experience. Day to day you will work primarily with the project coordinator (Abe Joseph), the principal investigator (PI) (Marina Morrow) and other research assistants on the project. Below is the job description which details the major responsibilities and deliverables associated with the position:

  • Work collaboratively with the team to develop the plans for the field research (e.g., set up of Advisory Committee, recruitment planning, development of interview and focus group protocols).
  • Support the project coordinator and PI in the recruitment of participants for focus groups and key informant interviews.
  • With support of the PI and project coordinator, organize, plan and conduct the focus group and interviews.
  • With the support of the PI and project coordinator, organize and conduct the analysis for the data collected using the software NVIVO (*training with the software will be provided).

We seek applicants who:

  • Identify with having lived experience within the mental health care system (especially personal experience of involuntary treatment or coercion)
  • Preference will be given to candidates with research experience and with experience working with community based mental health services
  • Knowledge of/experience with working with marginalized/oppressed communities, trauma-informed practices an asset
  • Experience conducting interviews and focus groups is an asset
  • Strong communication skills

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and the name of two references to: by January 21, 2021 Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

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