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Congratulations to Kirsti Toivonen!

Congratulations to Kirsti Toivonen for winning the Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship this year! We are all very proud of you Kirsti. The lab would also like to thank the Killam Trusts for supporting Kirsti’s important research in the Behavioural Medicine Lab.

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Congratulations Michelle Flynn – Msc!

The Behavioural Medicine Lab would like to congratulate Michelle Flynn on successfully defending her MSc. thesis today! Michelle’s thesis was titled: “Investigating the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin in reducing pain among women with chronic pelvic pain: A placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial.” Michelle is continuing on to the PhD. program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary starting the 2018-2019 academic year.

Congratulations on all of your hard work, Michelle! We wish you luck as you continue with your studies next year.

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Jenna Thomas Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation

The Behavioural Medicine Lab is thrilled to announce that Jenna Thomas successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled: “The intergenerational transmission of stress: Investigating mediators and moderators of the association between maternal adverse childhood experiences and child development” today! Jenna has accepted a residency placement at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS starting this September. Congratulations Jenna – we are so happy for you and wish you the best of luck in your next chapter!

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Behavioural Medicine Lab Takes Montreal!

This summer, the Behavioural Medicine Lab travelled to Montreal, QC to attend the Inaugural International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) Summer School. The IBTN is committed to training researchers and promoting adoption of best-practices in development, optimization, and testing of behavioural interventions for chronic disease. Graduate students Kirsti Toivonen, Michelle Flynn, and Tamara Williamson attended the summer school as students, and lab director Dr. Tavis Campbell served on the faculty, along with world-renowned experts in behavioral trial design and execution.

IBTN Summer School Closing Dinner

Kirsti, Michelle, and Tamara also had the opportunity to present original research protocols during the IBTN 2018 Conference.

Kirsti, Tamara, and Michelle at the IBTN poster sessions

Tamara Williamson presenting her research protocol for her MSc. thesis at the IBTN Conference

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Alberta SPOR Summer Institute in Patient-Oriented Research

Tamara represented the Behavioural Medicine Lab this Spring at the Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit’s annual summer institute.

2017 SPOR Graduate Studentship Awardees at the SPOR summer institute

Tamara is a 2017 recipient of the Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship in patient-oriented research, and has been exploring the needs, perspectives, and preferences of patients with syncope (fainting). Specifically, through her work with the Community Alternatives for Syncope Management to the Emergency Room (CASMER) team, supported by the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet), Tamara and the team are interested in patients’ reasons for accessing (or not) emergency medical assistance when they faint.

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Congratulations to Josh Rash!

The entire Behavioural Medicine Lab extends a huge congratulations to Josh Rash who successfully defended his PhD. dissertation, titled: Towards the rapid assessment of pain expression: The Index of Facial Pain Expression (IFPE)!

Josh will be starting in his new role as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in September 2017.



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Tamara Williamson Wins Best Student Paper

Tamara Williamson took home the Health and Behavioural Medicine section of the CPA “Best Student Paper” award for her oral presentation at the Canadian Psychological Associations Annual convention in Toronto this year. Tamara was presenting the results of her independent research project, supervised by Dr. Tavis Campbell and Behavioural Medicine Lab alumni Codie Rouleau, titled:

“Bridging the Gap between Intention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation: An examination of the moderating role of perceived barriers and social support”.

Tamara will begin her Masters studies in Clinical Psychology this Fall 2017 with the lab.

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