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UBC-Providence Health Care Leadership Chair of Addiction Research
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC (with a cross-appointment to the School of Population and Public Health)

Lead, Research and Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, St. Paul’s Hospital
Senior Consultant, Regional Program for Mental Health, VCH
Program Director for Addiction Psychiatry, UBC
Founding Member, International Society of Addiction Medicine
Founding Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Expert Consultant, UNICEF
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse
Member, e-Mental Health Steering Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Member, Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions, City of Vancouver
Board Member, Section for Public Policy, World Psychiatric Association
Reviewer, National Institute of Drug Abuse
Chair, Addiction Psychiatry, World Psychiatric Association
Chair, Informatics and Telemedicine, World Psychiatric Association
Fellow, World Innovation Foundation

Research Interests
  • Addictions
  • Complex concurrent disorders
  • Mental health
  • Vulnerable urban populations
  • Homelessness
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Treatment for the use of psychotropic substances
  • e-Mental health
  • Internet-based health care
  • Student mental health

Dr. Michael Krausz began his professional career in Germany, where he was trained at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf as a registered nurse. He then went on to complete a residency in Adult Psychiatry and his Doctor of Philosophy, where he examined the associations between psychosis and addictions. In the mid-1990’s, he became a founding director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Addiction Research at the University of Hamburg. As founding director, he was responsible for the German Heroin Trial, the European Cocaine Project, and several other notable addiction-related trials. He also served as Editor-in-Chief for two European scientific journals—Suchttherapie and European Addiction Research.

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Dr. Krausz relocated permanently to Vancouver, Canada in 2007. From 2009–2012 he was the Medical Director of the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction with Vancouver Coastal Health. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is the Providence Health Care B.C. Leadership (LEEF) Chair in Addiction Research at the UBC Institute of Mental Health. As head of the Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Group at CHÉOS, Dr. Krausz’s research explores the relationship between early life trauma, substance use disorders, and other mental illnesses. His research includes the At Home/Chez Soi Study, the B.C. Health of the Homeless Survey, and the Study to Assess Long-Term Opioid Maintenance Effectiveness (SALOME). He has published more than 300 scientific papers to date.

More recently, Dr. Krausz has extended his expertise to include e-mental health. The Bell Youth Mental Health IMPACT Project (2012) was Dr. Krausz’s first endeavour in this area. Bell Canada’s philanthropic support in the amount of $1 million as part of their Let’s Talk Initiative was critical seed funding in the development of a new mental health platform, WalkAlong, designed to provide youth who are experiencing depression and anxiety with resources to help foster mental wellness. In 2014, he was recognized for his tireless research and advocacy related to substance use, mental health, and housing security with the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City for All Award of Excellence.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver