Fulbright Canada and the Palix Foundation have partnered to create and support a program of distinguished research chairs that focus on brain science and child and family wellness. Together with Alberta’s three research intensive universities, this opportunity will allow extraordinary American scholars and top-tier applied researchers to spend one semester as a visiting research scholar working in a targeted area of academic inquiry. Three chairs are appointed annually.
Fulbright Canada - Palix Foundation Distinguished Research Chairs in Brain Science, and Child and Family Health and Wellness
Areas of Inquiry:
We are particularly interested in scholars who work across disciplines and sectors, and whose work focuses on making an impact on health and wellness outcomes. Regardless of discipline, the models that scholars are employing should be based on current brain science about the effects of toxic stress on child, family and lifecourse health and wellness outcomes and, in particular, those related to mental health and addiction. Stress is toxic when it is severe and ongoing, such as in circumstances of abuse, neglect, or parental addiction. For more information on toxic stress and its impact on brain development, please review this overview from Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child.
Applicants should familiarise themselves with the Palix Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and consider how their scholarly work aligns with this research and knowledge mobilization platform. Preference will be given to candidates who have an understanding of the intitative's strategic intent.
Applicants should clearly articulate how their proposed work as a visiting Fulbright scholar aligns with the general focus of the scholarship opportunity, and specifically with one or more of the following areas of inquiry.
Organizational Management / Health and Social System Improvement
Improving the continuum of care for families and their children who are impacted by addiction and mental health problems, and taking models that work in other settings and testing them in Alberta; in particular, models that are based on the understanding that addiction is a chronic disease and requires a chronic disease management approach, as well as those that take a family centered prevention and treatment approach.
Addiction Care and Recovery
Research on high quality, comprehensive, and meaningful addiction and mental health care and recovery models that cross relevant systems and players and in ascertaining how elements of such models could be applied to improve Alberta’s current approaches to preventing and treating addiction and mental health issues.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and other Child Trauma
This program is interested in supporting scholars who will focus on early prevention and intervention for children exposed to toxic stress and those who focus on advancing and applying knowledge related to the intergenerational aspects of this phenomenon and its links with addiction and mental health outcomes.