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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department: Psychology
Position supervisor: Sarah Dermody, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Contract length: 1 year
Hours of work per week: 36.25
Position type: Postdoctoral Fellow
Rate of pay: $55,000/year

About Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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About the program/department/team

We are a research lab at the Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) led by Dr. Sarah Dermody. In the CARE Lab, we examine addiction risk from a multidisciplinary perspective—integrating psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and biological risk factors to better understand the “how, when, why, and who” pertaining to addiction risk and risk for other negative health behaviors. Our ongoing research involves large scale national data, ecological momentary assessment research, and laboratory based experimental studies. You can learn more about current laboratory members and research studies at our CARE lab research page

Over the past decade, the Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University has undergone unprecedented growth, with thriving MA/PhD programs in Psychological Science and Clinical Psychology. The Department has 39 full-time faculty members, 6 staff, 1000 full-time undergraduate students, 106 graduate students (33 MA; 73 PhD) and 9 postdoctoral fellows. Our faculty members are highly productive scientists and hold external grants from CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, NIH, and other sources. In 2011, we partnered with St. Michael's Hospital to establish a Clinical Psychology Training Clinic and in 2012, we launched the Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research (over $1 million committed for research tools and infrastructure).

The opportunity

The Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Research position, with possibility of extension for 1 year, in clinical psychology, psychology, or closely related disciplines (e.g., public health, epidemiology).

This appointee will assist with grant funded research under the direction of Dr. Sarah Dermody by analyzing data and publishing findings (as first and co-author) from multiple available datasets. The primary project is to analyse the large-scale and multi-year Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA). The main focus of these analyses will be to better understand substance use and mental health outcomes for sexual and gender minority adults. Opportunities will be available to lead other studies using this data and/or to analyze and publish using other rich data sources available from the laboratory (e.g., data from completed ecological momentary assessment and qualitative studies focused on alcohol use in gender diverse youth and adults). There are also opportunities to help manage an active ecological momentary assessment study. The postdoctoral researcher can also receive mentorship from and collaborate with other faculty involved in these projects, including Dr. Trevor Hart. Opportunities to obtain supervision for those seeking licensure with the College of Psychologists of Ontario can be arranged. The postdoctoral research will be supported in applying for grant funding to support subsequent years of postdoctoral funding.  


Candidates are expected to have been awarded a PhD within the past 5 years in clinical psychology or psychology. Candidates with a PhD in closely related fields will also be considered (e.g., public health, epidemiology). Candidates are expected to have outstanding written and oral communication skills, evidence of successful scientific writing in the form of peer-reviewed manuscripts and/or grant applications, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, reference managers, statistical software (e.g., SPSS, MPlus, and/or R), and experience in database management. Experience with and prior training in longitudinal data statistical analysis (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling, Multilevel Modeling) is essential; however, training in advanced applications can be provided. International and domestic candidates will be considered.

How to apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for 2 academic references to Theo Quinn (he/him) at Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Dermody (she/her) at

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead for support during the selection process.