Dr. Timothy Parker, Professor of Psychology with the Augustana Campus, has been appointed Research Development Advisor (RDA) for East Central Health through the SEARCH Canada program.
Dr. Parker joined Augustana (then Camrose Lutheran College) in 1985 as Assistant Professor of Psychology. He became Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 2003. He currently serves as the alternate representative for Augustana on the Research Ethics Board, serving the faculties of Education and Extension, and is to become the statutory representative in 2009/10. Prior to joining Augustana, he serves as a technical consultant to the Government of Canada, and a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta.
His research interests relate to memory, addiction and other mental disorders, including schizophrenia. He also teaches courses in memory, learning, experimental design, human neuropsychology and the neurobiology of learning, memory and addiction. With his experience in research methods and design, Dr. Parker looks forward to engaging with East Central Health staff to support the application of research into health practice.
The appointment supports SEARCH (Swift, Efficient Application of Research in Community Health) Canada’s Custom program. Through this program, SEARCH Canada engages faculty in local instiutions across Alberta – Research Development Advisors – to work with individuals and groups in specific health regions to enhance those regions’ capacity to carry out research studies, evaluation projects, and research utilization initiatives. In this role, Dr. Parker will work collaboratively with SEARCH Canada and the health region to develop capacity of health professionals within East Central Health to carry out and use research and evaluation that is relevant to local issues and priorities.