Comparison of electronic cognitive behavioural therapy to other treatment modalities at a specialized mental health hospital- ON-423

Desired discipline(s): Epidemiology / Public health and policy, Life Sciences
Company: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Project Length: Longer than 1 year
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Whitby, ON, Canada; Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
Preferred institutions: Ontario Tech University

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About the company: 

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a public teaching hospital providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services to those living with complex and serious mental illness. Exemplary patient care is delivered through safe and evidence-based approaches where successful outcomes are achieved using best clinical practices and the latest advances in research.  Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope.

Please describe the project.: 

There is a need for research on electronic CBT (eCBT) in real-world settings, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic as access to face-to-face treatment is limited. Understanding the challenges in delivering eCBT will be crucial for improving access to care during the current pandemic, and in preparing a response to future pandemics. The intern will lead an evaluation and continuous improvement of the eCBT program at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, while working under the supervision of professor David Rudoler. This project will involve three phases: (1) A comparison of client characteristics and outcomes in different modalities of CBT (individual face-to-face, group, eCBT, and mixed); (2) an analysis of client adherence to treatment; and (3) an economic evaluation of eCBT compared face-to-face treatment.

Required expertise/skills: 

  *   Experience working with and analyzing administrative health data

  *   Expertise in methods of economic evaluation or health technology assessment (preferred)

  *   Training in econometrics or biostatistics

  *   Self-directed and independent researcher

  *   Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

  *   Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  *   PhD in health economics, public health, health services research, or related field.