Welcome to the Behavioural Medicine Lab Calgary


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Dr. Tavis Campbell

Director

Dr. Tavis Campbell

Director

Dr. Tavis Campbell is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Oncology at the University of Calgary.

He obtained his Ph.D from McGill University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University Medical Centre. His research interests involve identifying and understanding the bio-behavioral mechanisms involved in the development, progression, and management of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, cancer and insomnia.

Dr. Campbell has published results from several behavior-based RCTs in the areas of cancer, pain, and chronic disease management, including the i-can sleep trial targeting insomnia in cancer survivors. In addition, he is actively involved in the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) as Chair of the Adherence Committee, is the outgoing Chair of Health for the Canadian Psychological Association and is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Behavioural Medicine.

Finally, Dr. Campbell is extensively involved in training efforts aimed at a variety of healthcare professionals (e.g., cardiologists, rheumatologists, nurses, dermatologists) on motivating health behavior change and improving patient-provider communication.

Research Focus: Behavioural Medicine, Chronic Disease
Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), University of Calgary Clinical Research Fund, Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation., Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, The Lawson Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Innovation Grant, Abbvie, Canadian Pain Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC)

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Kirsti Toivonen, M.Sc.

PhD Student

Kirsti Toivonen, M.Sc.

PhD Student

Kirsti is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, who originally hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is broadly interested in health psychology, behavioural medicine; with particular interests in psychosocial oncology and reproductive health.

Kirsti’s dissertation research focuses on understanding non-adherence to aromatase inhibitors and tamoxifen in breast cancer survivors using multiple research methods, to help inform future efforts to improve adherence to these medications. In her free time, Kirsti enjoys art, exercising, and listening to metal.

Research Focus: Psychosocial oncology, adherence, trial design and methodology, sexual health
Funding: CIHR Doctoral, Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Graduate Studentship, Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship

Michelle Flynn, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Michelle Flynn, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Michelle first became passionate about scientific research during her first year of undergraduate studies in psychology at Dalhousie University. To explore this interest, Michelle pursued research opportunities in childhood development, school-based health promotion programming, and women’s pain. During this time, she discovered her interest in clinical health psychology. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree (BA, First Class Honours in Psychology), she began graduate studies in Clinical Psychology (MSc/PhD) at the University of Calgary. Her MSc thesis was a feasibility trial investigating intranasal oxytocin as a treatment for women’s chronic pelvic pain. For her PhD, Michelle is collaborating with Dr. Linda Carlson to investigate cognitive function following an online mindfulness intervention for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

When Michelle is not in the lab, she is usually at her favourite spin studio, visiting her family in Toronto, or travelling with her sister.

Funding: CIHR Master's, QEII Master's, QEII Doctoral, AIHS SPOR Graduate Studentship, Training in Research and Clinical Trials in Integrative ONcology (TRACTION) Fellow

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Chelsea Moran, M.A.

PhD Student

Chelsea Moran, M.A.

PhD Student

Chelsea is a second year PhD Student in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary. She completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Ottawa, studying a psychological intervention targeting fear of cancer recurrence in breast cancer patients. In 2018, she graduated with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, where her research examined barriers to skin self-examination practices in melanoma skin cancer patients. Her research interests include discovering new ways to facilitate healthy behaviours and to help patients cope with chronic illness. She is also interested in learning about best-practice research methods and open science initiatives in psychology.

Chelsea is the Past-Chair of the Student Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and has represented students in psychology on the CPA Board of Directors since 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with family and friends, discovering new music and planning her next sewing project.

Research Focus: Medication adherence, cardiac rehabilitation, psychosocial oncology
Funding: Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Graduate Studentship, CIHR Masters, Fonds de recherche du Québec Santé (FRQS) Doctoral Training Award, Training in Research And Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology (TRACTION) Fellowship

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Tamara Williamson, M.Sc.

PhD Student

Tamara Williamson, M.Sc.

PhD Student

Tamara is a first year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. She previously received a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of British Columbia, and completed her B.A. and M.Sc. degrees in Psychology at the University of Calgary. Tamara started working in the Behavioural Medicine Lab in the Fall of 2015 as a research assistant. She went on to complete her Undergraduate Psychology thesis under the supervision of Dr. Tavis Campbell, investigating the intention-behaviour gap for cardiac rehabilitation participation, and the role of patients’ perceived barriers to attending cardiac rehab. For her Master’s thesis, Tamara explored the impact of patient education on knowledge, attitudes, and exercise adherence in cardiac rehabilitation (the IMPART study). Tamara is also interested in investigating psychosocial predictors of weight and quality of life outcomes after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Tamara co-conceptualized, and now helps to run,  the BE-EMPOWERED study, exploring a mindfulness-based intervention for eating disorder symptoms among bariatric surgery candidates. For her dissertation research, Tamara will be investigating a behavioural weight loss treatment, delivered during cardiac rehabilitation, for promoting weight loss and improving symptom burden among patients with atrial fibrillation and obesity.

Outside of the lab, Tamara enjoys playing the bass guitar in her band, skiing, and spinning.

Research Focus: Cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac arrhythmia, bariatric surgery, obesity
Funding: CIHR Master's Award; Queen Elizabeth II Masters Award; Alberta Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (AbSPOR) Graduate Studentship, Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) Graduate Studentship Award

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Ashley Felske, BA (Hons)

Research Coordinator

Ashley Felske, BA (Hons)

Research Coordinator

Ashley earned her BA (Hons; First Class) in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2019. Dr. Campbell supervised her honours thesis that represented Phase I of the BE-EMPOWERED Study. Her work aimed to establish proof-of-concept in the evaluation of a brief mindfulness-based intervention for reducing eating disorder symptoms (i.e., addictive-like eating, binge eating, emotional eating, and grazing) and improving weigh loss among bariatric surgery patients.

Ashley first joined the Behavioural Medicine Lab in 2017, as a Research Assistant. In the lab, she went on to complete a summer research studentship in 2018 (funded by Alberta Innovates) and a second summer research studentship in 2019 (funded by Markin USRP). Currently, Ashley is the lab’s Research Coordinator. She hopes to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology soon.

Research Focus: disordered eating, weight-management, and body image across the weight spectrum, obesity, bariatric surgery, intervention development/evaluation
Funding:
Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) in Health and Wellness Studentship, Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship