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Our Team

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Dr. Tavis Campbell

Director

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Dr. Tavis Campbell

Director

Dr. Tavis Campbell is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Oncology at the University of Calgary, where he also holds the position of Director of Clinical training.

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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Jenna Thomas, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

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Jenna Thomas, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

Jenna’ program of research seeks to understand how stress during pregnancy and in the early years of life becomes biologically embedded in children’s development to increase the risk of emotional, behavioural, and cognitive disorders.

The objective is to understand the risk and resilience factors that exacerbate or mitigate the effects of stress on children’s development.

Specifically, Jenna’s doctoral dissertation examines whether prenatal intake of the nutrient choline may mitigate the effects of prenatal stress on child brain development.

Research Focus: Prenatal stress and child development
Funding: Queen Elizabeth II Masters Award, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute Doctoral Award

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Kirsti Toivonen, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

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Kirsti Toivonen, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

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

Kirsti’s Master’s thesis examined patterns of autonomic functioning in cancer survivors following participation in a mindfulness or tai chi program as part of the Mindfulness And Tai chi for Cancer Health (MATCH) study. In her free time, Kirsti enjoys art, weightlifting, and listening to heavy metal.

Research Focus: Psychosocial oncology, reproductive health
Funding: CIHR Master’s, CIHR Doctoral, University of Calgary Silver Anniversary Recruitment Graduate Fellowship

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Michelle Flynn, B.A. (Honours)

M.Sc. Student

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Michelle Flynn, B.A. (Honours)

M.Sc. Student

Michelle began her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in the Behavioural Medicine Lab in September 2016. She previously completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology at Dalhousie University. Michelle’s honours thesis investigated sexual communication, pain, and sexual well-being in couples coping with provoked vestibulodynia (an acute, recurrent pain disorder, with pain localized to the vaginal entrance).

Michelle is continuing to study pain for her Master’s thesis, investigating intranasal oxytocin as a treatment for chronic pelvic pain among women. In addition to her Master’s thesis work, she is also currently working on a systematic review and meta-analysis of strategies to improve adherence to exercise, and has recently collaborated on reviews of mindfulness-based interventions for cancer survivors with Dr. Linda Carlson’s lab.

Outside of the lab, Michelle enjoys drawing, painting, travelling, and spinning!

Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Masters

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Tamara Williamson, B.A., B.Sc

M.Sc. Student

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Tamara Williamson, B.A., B.Sc

M.Sc. Student

Tamara is a first year Masters 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. degree 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 will be investigating the healthcare utilization patterns of patients with low-risk syncope (fainting). Tamara is also interested in investigating psychosocial predictors of weight and quality of life outcomes after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery.

Research Focus: Bariatric surgery, vasovagal syncope, cardiac rehabilitation
Funding: Queen Elizabeth II Masters Award, Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) Graduate Fellowship

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