Associate Vice-President Research

Reporting to the Vice-President Research (VPR), the Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR) is a full-time leadership role that works with the VPR and AVPRO to support the priorities and objectives of the University, including implementation of the Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021 (SRP). The AVPR has particular and strategic focus on international research partnerships. The AVPR also plays a significant role in overseeing eleven Senate- and Board -approved research centres and institutes.

Under the direction of the VPR, the AVPR works closely to resolve issues related to the research mission and to seek and respond to institutional opportunities, such as institutional level funding proposals and strategic partnerships with industry, government and community organizations. The AVPR has responsibility for developing and interpreting policy and procedures related to research and works closely with the AVPRO, Deans, Research Centre Directors, Associate Deans Research, the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, and others to enhance the research environment at UVic.

Role and Responsibilities

Dr. Kalynchuk has been appointed as AVPR with responsibility for supporting the implementation of the Strategic Research Plan and the refreshed International Plan as well as the oversight for UVic’s research centres. Dr. Kalynchuk brings to the role of AVPR her extensive administrative skills, varied experience building consensus across disciplines, and a strong commitment to leadership and excellence.

AVPR Lisa Kalynchuk

Dr. Kalynchuk holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Alberta, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kalynchuk joined the University of Victoria on July 1, 2017, and holds an academic appointment with the Division of Medical Sciences, with an adjunct appointment to the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Kalynchuk's research focuses on the neurobiology of depression, the psychiatric complications of epilepsy, and the effect of chronic stress on the brain and behavior.

Before joining the University, Dr. Kalynchuk was a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and the Interim Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Health Research in the Office of the Vice-Provost Health. She recently completed two terms as a Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience. Her international collaborations include research groups in the United States and the European Union. She has served on the editorial board of several journals in her field and on grant selection committees for NSERC, CIHR, Brain Canada, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.