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Over his three and a half decades with ARF and CAMH, Mike has enjoyed a varied career as a clinician, research/evaluation collaborator, educator, policy advocate, and strategic planner. Mike has played a leadership role in two province-wide medical education projects: Educating Future Physicians for Ontario (EFPO) and Project CREATE. He has also been a major contributor to the integration of addiction content into medical education at McMaster. Mike was the 1996 recipient of the John C. Sibley Award for Excellence in Health Sciences Research and Education by a Part-time Faculty Member at McMaster. He has also played a leadership role in the evolution of the addiction treatment system in both Hamilton and more broadly in Ontario. These include the development of women’s withdrawal management services, outpatient counseling services, interagency clinical data systems, and the integration of tobacco interventions into the addiction treatment system.

Current interests include epidemiology of drug problems and drug policy.

Drug Promotion, Problems, Policy: 

Peter Boris Centre for Addiction Research

Featured Publications

  • DeVillaer, Michael, Goodstadt, Michael, Kahan, Meldon, Scott, Fran. (2001). Substance Use Disorders: Community Medicine (Vol. 10) . Toronto: Project CREATE.
  • Maudsley, Robert F., Wilson, Donald R., Neufeld, Victor R., Hennen, Brian K., DeVillaer, Michael R., Wakefield, Jacqueline, Macfadyen, John, Turnbull, Jeffrey M., Weston, W. Wayne, Brown, Merrilee G., Frank, Jason R., & Richardson, Denise.  (2000). "Educating future physicians for Ontario: Phase II".  Academic Medicine, 75(2), p.113-126.
  • DeVillaer, Michael. (1996). “Establishing and using a community inter-agency client monitoring system to develop addictions treatment programs”.  Addiction, 91(5), p.701-709.
  • Carver, V., Bernardi, D., Gavin, M., DeVillaer, M., & Sobol, L. (1995).   “The development of assessment and referral services in Ontario: The role of ARF Community Programs staff”. Contemporary Drug Problems, (Spring), p.43-59.
  • Reynolds, D.L., Chambers, L.W., & DeVillaer, M. (1992). "Measuring alcohol abuse in the community: Consumption, binge drinking, and alcohol-related consequences (alcoholism)". Canadian Journal of Public Health, 83 (6), p.441-447.


  • MASc, Psychology, University of Waterloo, 1978
  • BA (Hons.) in Psychology, University of Waterloo, 1976


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