Wellesley Institute

Project Name: Community Violence Exposure Project
Type: Full time, limited-term contract (18-months).

Wellesley Institute works in research and policy to improve health and health equity in the GTA through action on the social determinants of health.

Wellesley Institute and the City of Toronto are working together to conduct a multiyear research project to examine the extent and negative impacts of exposure to community violence on the mental health of Toronto’s youth, and identify interventions that will mitigate those negative impacts.

To support this work, we are seeking a full-time researcher to lead a comprehensive research study that will:

  • Examine existing quantitative data and collect qualitative data to estimate the number of Toronto youth who are exposed to community violence and the impacts of that exposure on their mental health
  • Review the literature on interventions to mitigate the negative impacts of exposure to violence on the mental health of youth
  • Provide relevant evidence-informed policy and program recommendations to local policy makers and service providers

This position will report to senior staff at Wellesley Institute.

Qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Degree at the Master’s level or equivalent
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in relevant research
  • Experience with racialized communities and understanding of anti-Black racism preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of equity, community violence, mental health, and issues facing youth in disadvantaged communities
  • Demonstrated research skills relevant to the use of multiple methods, including literature reviews, environmental scans, qualitative data collection, the use/integration of available quantitative data
  • We are seeking a researcher with strong analytical skills, demonstrated skills in report-writing, and planning and implementing a research project
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and ability to work on a collaborative team with others

Wellesley is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from the GTA’s diverse population. We have a generous benefits package and salaries in line with university pay-scales. If you are a researcher who wants to make a difference in urban communities and health equity, apply to join our team.

Send your résumé and cover letter in a PDF to, with Wellesley Community Violence Exposure researcher in the subject line.

Toronto July 3, 2020 Learn More

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