Michael Krausz MD, PhD, FRCPC
Providence Health Care (PHC)/UBC Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) B.C. Leadership Chair in Addiction Research Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (UBC) Cross appointment, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry UBC Founding Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, UBC Senior Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) Co-Research Director and Medical Education Lead, Department of Psychiatry, PCH
Dr. Michael Krausz is originally from Hamburg, Germany, where he completed a residency in Adult Psychiatry and his Doctor of Philosophy, where he examined the associations between psychosis and addictions. In the mid 1990s, he became a founding director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Addiction Research at the University of Hamburg and retained directorship at the centre until 2004.
Dr. Krausz is a founding member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM), a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the e-Mental Health Steering Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and is Section Chair of the Informatics and Telecommunications in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Sections of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and Co-Chiar of the Public Policy and Psychiatry Section, WPA.
Dr. Krausz relocated permanently to Vancouver, Canada in 2007, and from 2009-2012 he was the Medical Director of the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction with Vancouver Coastal Health. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Providence Health Care/UBC Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) B.C. Leadership Chair in Addiction Research, and a Founding Fellow of the UBC Institute of Mental Health.
More recently, Dr. Krausz has extended his expertise to include e-mental health. The Bell Youth Mental Health IMPACT Project (2012) was Dr. Krausz’s first endeavour in this area. Bell Canada’s philanthropic support in the amount of $1 million as part of their Let’s Talk Initiative was critical seed funding in the development of a new mental health platform, WalkAlong.ca, designed to provide youth who are experiencing depression and anxiety with resources to help foster mental wellness. In 2014, he was recognized for his tireless research and advocacy related to substance use and E mental health, with the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City for All Award of Excellence.