UTSC Appointments

PDAD&C #33, 2006-2007


To:  Governing Council
Academic Board
Business Board
University Affairs Board
Staff, Students and Alumni of the University of Toronto at Scarborough
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Professionals, Managers and Confidential Staff
President of UTFA
Presidents of Employee Unions
Presidents of APUS, GSU, SAC and SCSU


David Naylor, President
Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost

Date:   December 14, 2006
Re: Appointment of Professor Franco J. Vaccarino as Principal, University of Toronto at Scarborough and Vice-President, University of Toronto

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Franco J. Vaccarino as Principal, University of Toronto at Scarborough and Vice-President, University of Toronto for a five year term, beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2012. Professor Vaccarino is both a distinguished scholar and educator and an accomplished academic administrator.

Professor Vaccarino is currently the Chair of the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Chair of the tri-campus Graduate Department of Psychology. He began his career at the University of Toronto in 1984 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, and has been on faculty at the University of Toronto since then. He holds a BSc from the University of Toronto and his MSc and PhD in Psychology from McGill University

His area of research is in the field of behavioral neurochemistry.  Professor Vaccarino’s work has had a great impact on current thinking about the psychobiological organization of motivational systems and the effects of abnormalities in these systems on the expression of psychiatric disease and addiction. His scientific work is recognized for its rigour, its range, and its integrative strengths.  Professor Vaccarino’s interdisciplinary research accomplishments in the areas of neuroscience, addiction, mood and anxiety systems have been recognized internationally. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his scientific contributions, including the 2001 Heinz Lehmann Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP) for outstanding research contributions.  

In addition to his scientific achievements, Professor Vaccarino has taught and mentored an exceptional group of students and researchers. His undergraduate teaching has been very positively evaluated by his students and his PhD graduates have gone on to develop their own independent and successful careers in academe and industry.  He is a Director on a number of key Boards including: Neuroscience Canada and the Global and Business Economic Roundtable. Professor Vaccarino’s prominence in the field was also recently recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in his role as the Principal Editor of the recently published Neuroscience of Substance Dependence report.  

Professor Vaccarino has been funded by NSERC and CIHR, and he has extensive national and international experience as a peer-reviewer for grants.  In 1999, Professor Vaccarino was appointed by then Federal Minister of Health Hon. Alan Rock as a member of the Interim Governing Council that established the framework and platform for today’s CIHR. Professor Vaccarino has extensive leadership experience.  In addition to his recent service as Chair of Psychology, from 1996-1998 he served as Vice President and Director of Research, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. In 1998 he was appointed as Vice-President of Research at the new Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  In that role he oversaw the amalgamation of the research programs of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Addiction Research Foundation, Queen Street Mental Health Centre and the Donwood Institute to form the CAMH. From 2003-05 he served as Executive Vice President at CAMH, with a broader span of responsibility including education, core services, and research.   

Professor Vaccarino has a unique background and significant administrative experience to provide leadership to the University of Toronto at Scarborough and to help UTSC and the University further advance its efforts. We hope you will share our excitement about this appointment for the University of Toronto at Scarborough.