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Doris Payer, PhD
Senior Knowledge Broker


Doris’ areas of expertise include addiction neuroscience, the mechanism of action of drugs and harm reduction. 


Doris Payer has a passion for communicating the science of addiction. Her goal is to mobilize evidence to improve how society treats people who use drugs. She has wanted to get good information to the frontlines since witnessing many drug-related emergencies during the nineties rave scene. 

Doris was born in Austria. Education and career ambitions have led her to work or study in five different countries. She earned her PhD in addiction neuroscience from the University of California — Los Angeles in 2009. At the University of Toronto, she worked as an assistant professor of psychiatry before leaving academic research to pursue her passion for knowledge mobilization. This journey took her to the United Kingdom as a neuroscience advisor at the Beckley Foundation (Oxford, UK). Afterwards, she served as coordinator of the Mental Health Innovation Network, a knowledge exchange platform jointly led by the Centre for Global Mental Health (London, UK) and the World Health Organization’s Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Doris also worked as a clinical research scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Doris joined CCSA in March 2018.

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