Join the Lab

Work with us

We’re hiring!

The ASR Suicide and Depression Studies Program is currently looking for a Research Assistant II. This position provides non-technical assistance, organization and administrative support to research projects at a basic level. Tasks may include collecting and recording data, limited processing of data, basic laboratory procedures, and interviewing/screening of study participants.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Creating emotionally safe research environment for patients
  • Running research protocols for psychotherapy based studies
  • General office duties e.g. filing, faxing, mailings, courier services, photocopying, etc.
  • Ordering supplies and maintaining inventory
  • Literature searches
  • Interacting with numerous departments such as research ethics, printing and medical records
  • Interacting with sponsoring/granting firms/agencies regarding requests for clarifications of data and assisting monitors during site visits
  • Collection, transcription and entry of study related data
  • Limited processing of data
  • Telephone subjects to confirm appointments or follow-up on study requirements
  • Obtain informed consent from participants
  • Conduct health chart reviews


  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or demonstrable equivalent combination of specialized education and experience
  • At least 1 year of experience preferred
  • Previous experience conducting clinical research related to psychiatry preferred
  • Excellent communication (verbal/written) and interpersonal skills working with colleagues and patients are necessary
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and proven ability to learn new skills
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner and flexibility to adapt to changing workload
  • Previous experience conducting structured diagnostic interviews for DSM-5 disorders preferred
  • Strong computer skills, particularly database, spreadsheet and word processing
  • Able to keep written records
  • Able to understand written and verbal directions

Apply here.

Study with us

Scientists in the ASR department are happy to support undergraduate and graduate students through the University of Toronto in gaining valuable research experience. Our robust research program is focussed on gaining a greater understanding of the causes and prevention of suicide.

Our current research interests include:

  • Biomarkers of suicide risk
  • Suicidality and pain perception
  • Unique psychotherapy treatments for suicide risk
  • Irritability and suicidality

Volunteer with us

Researchers in the ASR are happy to welcome interested individuals seeking volunteer experience in mental health research. Volunteers can be trained to help our experienced researchers with:

  • Administering cognitive assessments and clinical scales with participants
  • Knowledge translation events
  • Imaging research (i.e. MRI)
  • and more

Contact Hailey Wright at for more information on how to become a volunteer.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at St. Michael’s Hospital, please click here.

Life in the ASR

Team members at the Walk to End Suicide 2022
Team members at the Walk to End Suicide 2022
Celebrating lab birthdays
Team members at St. Michael’s Hospital Research Month event, November 2017
ASR World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 event at Yonge-Dundas Square
ASR World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 event at Yonge-Dundas Square
Team members attending a public lecture as part of the CAN-BIND/MDAO Speaker Series, September 2016
Making lanterns at the 2017 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) Conference, co-hosted by the ASR