Vice-President Research

Promoting and facilitating research

The role of the Vice-President Research (VPR) 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 VPR 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.

Lisa Kalynchuk profile
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.

UVic is one of Canada’s consistently top-ranked research-intensive universities. Our well-deserved reputation is due to the excellence of our faculty, students, and staff and their dedication to mobilizing their research for the benefit of society, and to creating a research-inspired learning environment. We are inspired by the unique natural environment surrounding us and by the cultural diversity of the people who live in our region, especially the Indigenous peoples of Vancouver Island.

We are continuously increasing the quality of our research and training facilities through our extraordinary success in obtaining funding from various competitive federal and provincial programs. Our faculty compete successfully in federal granting competitions, especially the tri-council funding agencies, and have one of the highest success rates in Canada in securing research infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Underpinning the success of research at UVic are our support services and infrastructure. The Office of Research Services provides excellent support to researchers for everything from grant and contract writing to funding administration and regulatory oversight meeting the highest standards. Our Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization unit delivers one-stop support for research partnership development, intellectual property management, and knowledge mobilization services across the full spectrum of our research programs. Combined with our libraries, Media Services, IT infrastructure, Vancouver Island Technology Park, and co-op program, this suite of high quality services ensure that UVic is a superb place to conduct research and educational activities.

The research mission of the University of Victoria is to benefit society through the advancement and application of knowledge, creative and artistic expression, and the creation of research-inspired educational programs.

Download the current Research organizational chart.