Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk is the Vice-President Research and Innovation at the University of Victoria, a role she began on July 1, 2019. Prior to this appointment, she was the Associate Vice-President Research from 2017-2019. As VPRI, Dr. Kalynchuk is responsible for the research portfolio at the university, which includes strategic leadership to implement an ambitious vision for research and innovation at the university, service to support faculty and student grant applications and scholarly ethics, and external outreach to promote the university and develop global partnerships.
Before joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Kalynchuk was a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also served as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Health Research and Special Advisor to the Provost. As an administrator, she has led and contributed to several major strategic planning exercises, including an academic program prioritization process, a new university strategic plan, and the development of a novel governance structure to manage a new Academic Health Sciences Complex shared by five different faculties. As Chair of the University Planning and Priorities Committee, Dr. Kalynchuk played a key role in the university budget planning process and the management of institutional risk associated with major initiatives.
Dr. Kalynchuk holds a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, and an MA and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia. She undertook postdoctoral training at McGill University and spent five years as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University prior to her appointment at USask. In addition to her current appointment as VPRI, Dr. Kalynchuk is also a Professor in the Division of Medical Sciences. She is an active researcher with interests in mental health and the effect of chronic stress on brain function and behavior. She previously completed two terms as a Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience.