It is vital that CBU respond to the mental health and wellness issues within our community through our services, programs and community connections. The Mental Health Researcher will work in each of these areas. They will collect data (from student, staff and faculty) regarding mental health and wellness services (and possible gaps in services) on the CBU campus and report to the MHAC. They will develop an inventory of services in the Cape Breton community. They will assess the needs of community stakeholders and work with the MHAC to determine how our programs prepare students to work in community mental health organizations. Student will be able to access space and computer in the psychology department but could also complete tasks in other locations when needed.


Students with an interest in mental health, community psychology, social work or community studies are encouraged to apply. 

We are looking for a student who can demonstrate:  

  • working independently 
  • good time management skills 
  • ability to present findings clearly and concisely 
  • digital technology skills (to create and maintain data base) would be an asset but could be developed over the term 



  • meeting regularly with MHAC and presenting results of data collection 
  • collecting data on needs at CBU and the community 
  • carrying out service inventory as well as creating and maintaining data base of services 
  • develop communication network among stakeholders (social media/email)  
  • working with the campus sub-committee of the MHAC to improve awareness of available services 

Application Details

Hours:  All positions are part-time, hours TBD

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain experience in data collection and data management. 
  2. Learn how to carry out qualitative and quantitative research. 
  3. Develop a better understanding of mental health and how services can be optimally provided. 
  4. Develop skills in creating and presenting professional presentations (oral presentations and power point). 
  5. Digital technology skills. 
  6. Improved critical thinking and problem solving skills. 
  7. Collaboration, presentation and communication skills.

Only eligible students can apply to a CBU Work Study Bursary position.  To determine eligibility and to complete an application, go to:  


If eligible, send resume, cover letter and an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program to:  awards@cbu.ca Submissions that do not include an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program will not be considered.  All applications must also reference the above Job Number.

Forward resume and cover letter to:  awards@cbu.ca