Skip to main content

Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk

Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk

Vice-President Research & Innovation



The role of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) is to promote and facilitate research and creative activities at the University of Victoria. To do this, they:

  • develop and implement strategic plans to support a rich research environment
  • create and oversee sound research policies and procedures that meet the highest ethical and regulatory standards
  • work with potential research funders to enhance available resources
  • promote the mobilization of knowledge created through research for societal benefit
  • seek to enhance the reputation of the university through the excellence of the research conducted by its faculty and students

Through two associate vice-presidents and four directors, the VPRI portfolio includes responsibility for eleven Senate and Board approved research centres and institutes, the Office of Research Services, Animal Care Services, and the Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization unit.


Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk is the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VRPI) at the University of Victoria, a role she began on July 1, 2019. Prior to this appointment, she was the Associate Vice-President Research from 2017-2019. As VPRI, Dr. Kalynchuk is responsible for the research portfolio at the university, which includes strategic leadership to advance a rich research environment and the mobilization of knowledge, and a service component to support research policies and procedures that meet the highest ethical and regulatory standards.

Before joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Kalynchuk was a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Health Research in the Office of the Vice-Provost Health. As an administrator, she has led and contributed to several major planning exercises, including an academic program prioritization process and the implementation of institutional and cultural changes required to transition into a shared health sciences facility.

Dr. Kalynchuk is committed to interdisciplinarity and team science. 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. In addition to her administrative appointment as VPRI, Dr. Kalynchuk holds an academic appointment with the Division of Medical Sciences, with an adjunct appointment to the Department of Psychology. She is an active researcher with interests in mental health and drug discovery. She previously completed two terms as a Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience.