Department of Psychiatry Academic Projects and Other Awards Information
CHIR Grant

Funding awarded: $100,000 from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Priority Announcement on Health Services and Policy Research)
Tenure: April 1 2021 - March 31 2022

Research Team: Shay-Lee Bolton (PI), Jitender Sareen, Jennifer Hensel, Natalie Mota, Tanya Sala
Principal Knowledge User: Corinne Pierce - Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service

Public safety personnel (PSP) are a vulnerable group of people who experience a great deal of trauma and stress as part of their jobs. On the front lines of the COVID pandemic, they may be experiencing even more stress due to their potential risk of infection since social distancing is very difficult to uphold in their role. There is a need to build coping skills and resiliency in this group to protect them from developing mental health problems at this time. Our team has created a psychotherapy and mindfulness program called CBTm for PSP that seems to be helpful, however it is currently delivered in in-person groups. Due to COVID, we could no longer offer it because of social distancing requirements. This study will evaluate whether the CBTm program offered using technology like videoconferencing or in a web-based course can work to help PSP to remain resilient to the stress of their work at this time. If we find that this program is helpful in reducing mental health problems for PSP even in the virtual format, we will promote it as essential training for all PSP workers in the province. As well, this research will provide information about how we can get important therapy services to those people who struggle with mental health issues who live in rural and remote parts of the province. Use of technology will reduce the need for travel for these people if they can access important mental health services from their homes.

Maimonides Award for the Humanities in Psychiatry 

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Sigurdson, the inaugural awardee for the new Maimonides Award for Scholarly contributions to the Humanities in Psychiatry and Mental Health. His contributions to field of Child Mental Health through research and literally work, to our Department and College of Physicians and Surgeons are greatly valued. 



Maimonides Award Informational PDF

Department of Psychiatry Academic Projects Award


We wish to advise you about the upcoming process for applying for a Department of Psychiatry Academic Projects (DPAP) Award for the 2021 Award cycle.
We hope that some of you will see this as a rich opportunity to develop your academic prowess, with our DOP’S fiscal support for your potential project/research.
As an initial step, we are now open to receive a Letter of Intent (LOI), to be provided by the primary applicant/ principal investigator. The LOI  might include:
1. The project title;
2. A short descriptor(3-5 paragraphs/ 500-1200 words) describing the intended academic project;
3. Names of any co-collaborators, including residents or learners; and
4. The name and full (e-mail and formal mail) contact information of the principal investigator.
Please note these changes introduced for the 2021 DPAP Awards:
1. Adjunct DOP Appointees may now apply as primary investigators IF there is a psychiatrist co-investigator; AND
2. The previous 10,000$ support ceiling is more flexible, and larger projects requiring larger funding will also be considered.

Applicants  are expected to email an electronic copy (Word OR PDF) of the LOI or mail a LOI to:
Max Rady College of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
DPAP Awards Committee
PZ420- 771 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N4
Tel: 204-787-7098
Email both:  AND
LOI Deadline: Passed

Applicants will be notified by the Chair of the DPAP Awards Committee approving the LOI and advising potential candidates to proceed to the full DPAP application process within 5 working days after the above LOI submission deadline. The deadline for receipt of the full DPAP Application will be the 1st week of January, 2021.
We look forward to your interest and LOIs. Please find below 2 documents that will be of assistance. We also strongly encourage your talking with us and with other DOP researchers, including our Department Head and Director of Research.

DPAP Terms of Reference


























Recent Award Recipients

Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Grant Recipient

Dr. S. Bolton

Maimonides Award for the Humanities in Psychiatry

Dr. E. Sigurdson

Joule Innovation Grant

Dr. J. Hensel

2020 Research Day Award - Best Paper by an Early or Mid-Career Psychiatrist

Dr. P. Anang

2020 Research Day - Resident Awards

MPA Award for Best Paper
Dr. D. Yu

Best Paper on Education, Psychiatric Services, or Community Psychiatry
Dr. K. Peterson

Best Presentation
Dr. K. Peterson

2020 CBC Manitoba Future 40

Dr. J. Hensel

Dr. A. Stewart-Tufescu

Ruth Hurd Professor in Psychiatry

Dr. J. Bolton

2020 Recipient of the Alexander Leighton Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Dr. T. Afifi

2020 J.M. Cleghorn Award for Excellence and Leadership in Clinical Research

Dr. J. Sareen

DPAP 2020 Award Recipients

Dr. Jon Boman

"Resident Psychotherapy Outcomes Project (R-POP)"

Dr. Geoff Konrad

"Contingency Management and Group-Based Treatment Approaches for Methamphetamine Use Disorder"