Welcome to the Behavioural Medicine Lab Calgary

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The Behavioural Medicine lab prides itself on training highly qualified personnel for future careers in research and clinical practice. Our alumni are employed in a diverse range of positions. See what our successful graduates are up to today!

Post Doctoral Scholars:

Gerald Giesbrecht, Ph.D., R. Psych. Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Doctoral and Masters Students:

Josh Rash, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Josh is a former doctoral student of the Behavioural medicine Laboratory currently completing his clinical residency at The Ottawa Hospital. In September 2017, Josh will start a position as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Josh has a diverse range of interests, including adherence, clinical inertia, cardiovascular psychophysiology, motivating healthy lifestyle behaviours, and pain management. His time at the Behavioural Medicine Laboratory was focused on four lines of investigation: 1) designing and evaluating the Index of Facial Pain Expression (IFPE) – an online environment designed to train healthcare providers to reliably code for facial pain expression; 2) evaluating the use of intranasal oxytocin as a novel adjuvant treatment for the management of acute and chronic pain; and 3) modelling the influence that the prenatal milieu has on the development of the fetal/infant stress response systems; and 4) improving patient adherence to complex medical regimens through the use of motivational interviewing.

Research Focus: Pain management, patient adherence, cardiovascular psychophysiology
Funding: University of Calgary Clinical Research Fund, CIHR (Doctoral), University of Calgary University Research Grants Committee, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, and Canadian Pain Society (Trainee Research Award).

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Codie Rouleau, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Codie is a Ph.D. candidate currently completing her pre-doctoral residency in clinical psychology. Her research and clinical interests focus on psychosocial factors involved in cardiovascular disease. For her doctoral research, Codie evaluated a brief motivational intervention to promote adherence to cardiac rehabilitation, and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. Codie has also co-authored research in the areas of insomnia, psychosocial oncology, maternal health, and mindfulness. In addition, Codie routinely delivers professional training on motivational communication and health behaviour change to multidisciplinary healthcare providers. Codie’s doctoral research, the UPBeAT-CR Study, incorporated a qualitative study on patient perceptions of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation, followed by a randomized control trial of a motivational interviewing intervention to improve exercise adherence after an acute coronary syndrome event. She is also co-applicant on a Calgary Clinical Research Fund (CCCR)-supported study examining the feasibility of culturally tailored motivational interviewing for South Asian cardiac patients.

Research focus: Cardiac rehabilitation, insomnia, psycosocial oncology
Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Calgary Clinical Research Fund

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Jillian Johnson, Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Scholar, Penn State University

Jill completed her BSc (Honors; 2010), MSc (2013), and PhD (2016) in Psychology at the University of Calgary under the mentorship of Dr. Tavis Campbell and Dr. Linda Carlson. For her doctoral dissertation, Jillian conducted a randomized controlled trial of light therapy for cancer-related fatigue, called The LITE Study. After completing her dissertation in September 2016, Jillian accepted a post-doctoral scholar position in the Stress, Health, and Daily Experiences Laboratory in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University.

Research focus: Not Available
Funding: AIHS, CIHR (Masters), Killam Fellowship, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and the Lloyd and Florence Cooper Memorial Scholarship

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Kristin Zernicke, Ph.D., R.Psych, AHS, Calgary

Dr. Zernicke works in the Shared Mental Health Care program with Alberta Health Services, clinically focused in primary care. She completed her pre-doctoral residency with Alberta Health Services through the Edmonton Consortium. As a MSc and PhD student her research interests included health psychology and behavioural medicine, mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cancer recovery programs, irritable bowel syndrome, motivational interviewing, behaviour change, and online therapies and interventions.

Her dissertation involved a randomized wait-list controlled trial entitled: The eCALM Study: An Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Individuals Living with Cancer in Alberta. Dr. Zernicke completed her undergraduate honours degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Minor in Human Development and Family Studies, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Sandra N. Young, Ph.D., R.PsychClinical Psychologist

Sheila Garland, Ph.D., R.Psych Assistant Professor, MUN

Laura Labelle, Ph.D., R.Psych Clinical Psychologist, Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Brenda Key, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Andrea Stevenson, M.Sc., R.Psych, Clinical Psychologist

F. Routeledge, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Emory University

Honours Students:

Jamie Rasmussen, BA (Honours), 2016

Cara Bally, BA (Honours), 2015

Crystal Hare, BA (Honours), 2015

Camila Maturana , BA, 2014

Christina Sisson, BA (Honours), 2015

Kristin Horsley, BA (Honours), 2013

Tiffany Haig, BA (Honours), 2013

Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz, BA (Honours), 2012

Linette Lawlor, BA (Honours), 2009

Kara Ross, BA (Honours), 2008

Kirsten Fiest, BA (Honours), 2008