Who are we?


Professor Michael Krausz, MD PhD FRCPC

Providence Health Care (PHC)/UBC Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) B.C. Leadership Chair in Addiction Research


Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Cross appointment, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
Founding Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Senior Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHOES)
Co-Research Director and Medical Education Lead, Department of Psychiatry, PCH


Other Professional Affiliations and Positions:

Member, Regional Council for Mental Health and Addiction, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Member, e-Mental Health Steering Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
Section Chair, Informatics and Telecommunications in Psychiatry, World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
Section Chair, Addiction Psychiatry, WPA
Section Co-Chair, Public Policy and Psychiatry, WPA
Fellow, World Innovation Foundation (WIF)
Member, Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions, City of Vancouver
Expert Consultant, UNICEF
Member of the Brain Research Centre at UBC
Founding Member, International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM)

Research Interests:

Complex concurrent disorders
Vulnerable urban populations
Treatment for the use of psychotropic substances
e-Mental health
Internet-based health care
Student mental health


Dr. Michael Krausz is originally from Hamburg, Germany, where he was trained at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf as a registered nurse. Following this he completed a residency in Adult Psychiatry and his Doctor of Philosophy, where he examined the associations between psychosis and addictions. In the mid 1990s, he became a founding director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Addiction Research at the University of Hamburg and retained directorship at the centre until 2004. As a 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 of two well-established European scientific journals; Suchttherapie and European Addiction Research.

Dr. Krausz is a founding member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM), a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the e-Mental Health Steering Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and is Section Chair of the Informatics and Telecommunications in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Sections of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and Co-Chiar of the Public Policy and Psychiatry Section, WPA.

Dr. Krausz relocated permanently to Vancouver, Canada in 2007, and 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), the Providence Health Care/UBC Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) B.C. Leadership Chair in Addiction Research, and a Founding Fellow of the UBC Institute of Mental Health.

As a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) and 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).

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.ca, 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.

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Janet Suen, BSc (Hons) 

Projecte coordinator 

Janet completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2017.  Through her studies, work, and volunteer activities, Janet has cultivated a passion for promoting mental wellness within underserved communities and vulnerable populations. She is interested in a wide-range of topics including trauma, self-compassion, social support, and substance use in the context of mental health and illness. Janet hopes to contribute to the growing field of e-health to reduce barriers in accessing mental health supports for all individuals.


Dr. Mohammad Nikoo, MD

PhD Student in Experimental Medicine

Mohammadali Nikoo is a medical graduate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and he is currently a graduate student in psychiatry field supervised by professor Michael Krausz. His thesis is a clinical trial comparing opium tincture and methadone for maintenance treatment of opioid use disorder. His main research interests are public health, vulnerable populations, substance use and concurrent disorders, children and adolescent psychiatry and traumatic brain injury and his passion is to improve the health and well being of the society as a whole with special focus on more vulnerable populations.


Mostafa Kamel 

PhD student in Addiction Psychiatry at UBC.

Master degree in Neuro psychiatry.

Assistant lecturer of psychiatry at Tanta University.


Farhud Shams

BSc in Engineering 

MSc Student in Experimental Medicine at UBC

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James Wong

BSc in Biology & Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC

MSc in Experimental Medicine at UBC

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Andy Tai

BSc in Neuroscience at UofT

Minor in Environmental Science and Religion 

MSc Student in Neuroscience at UBC


Kimia Ziafat 

BSc student in Biology at UBC

Minoring in Asian Studies 


Desiree Chek-Harder

BA student in English Literature and Language at UBC

MM student at the UBC Sauder School of Business