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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Cultural models for well-being and mental health among minority communities in Montreal

Reference number: 14008
Supervisor: Andrew G. Ryder

Program description

Cultural diversity poses serious challenges to the delivery of equitable, accessible, and effective mental health care. Two specific research problems would be addressed by this postdoctoral opportunity: (1) How do we reach out to local ethnocultural communities to better understand their beliefs, needs, and experiences when it comes to mental health and well-being? (2) How do we bring in suffering people from these communities to benefit from psychological interventions that are both evidence-based and culturally-sensitive? One ongoing challenge is that although many of the relevant questions pertain to the domain of health, we need the conceptual and methodological tools of the social sciences to conduct this research properly. In cultural-clinical psychology, recent work has favoured approaches at the intersection of ‘mind’ and ‘culture’—in particular, from cultural psychology and psychological anthropology. A particular feature of these approaches is a joint emphasis on quantitative and qualitative approaches. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to apply their qualitative research skills to community- and clinic-based research projects conducted among local ethnocultural minority communities. Moreover, the fellow will be encouraged to bring their own linguistic and cultural knowledge to the project, helping to build connections with under-studied and under-served communities.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in psychology or related discipline required. Research experience in cultural psychology, clinical/counselling psychology, psychological/cognitive anthropology, and/or cultural psychiatry is especially valued. Qualitative experience is required; quantitative skills are also desirable. Candidates with linguistic/cultural knowledge of one or more local minority communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Horizon position is expected to be filled as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2024.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Andrew Ryder with cc to Culturelab
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above 
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Andrew Ryder with cc to Culturelab


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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