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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Chelsea Moran, M.A.

PhD Candidate

Chelsea Moran, M.A.

PhD Candidate

Chelsea is a PhD candidate 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 from 2017-2020. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with family and friends, discovering new music and planning her next sewing project.

Research Focus: Health behaviour change, medication adherence, cardiac rehabilitation, psychosocial oncology, knowledge synthesis and translation, open science

Funding: Vanier Canada Doctoral Scholarship, Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship, Alberta Innovates Graduate Scholarship, 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 Candidate

Tamara Williamson, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Tamara is a PhD candidate 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. 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 facilitate 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, running, and spinning.

Research Focus: Cardiac rehabilitation adherence, behavioural weight loss treatment, bariatric surgery, mindfulness
Funding: CIHR Doctoral Scholarship; Alberta Innovates Graduate Scholarship in Health; CIHR Master's Award; Alberta Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (AbSPOR) Graduate Studentship, Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) Graduate Studentship

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Sydney Seidel, B.A. (Hons)

MSc Student

Sydney Seidel, B.A. (Hons)

MSc Student

Sydney is a MSc student in Clinical Psychology. Sydney earned her BA (Honours; First Class) in Psychology from the University of Calgary in June 2020. Dr. Daniel McGrath and Dr. Tavis Campbell supervised her honours thesis entitled "An Exploration of the Psychosocial Patterns of Electronic Cigarette Use Among Young Adults" using an ecological momentary assessment methodology. For her Master’s thesis, Sydney will be looking at a web-based behavioural intervention addressing COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy in Canadian adults. Sydney is particularly interested in the role of health behaviour change and adherence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadly, Sydney is interested in developing behavioural interventions to promote the adherence to a variety of health behaviours.

In 2020, Sydney was named one of Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Top 5 Finalists for her presentation on e-cigarette use among young adults. Currently, Sydney is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canadian Graduate Scholarship. When Sydney is not busy with school and research, she enjoys checking out new restaurants, travelling, and having fun with her nieces and nephews.

Research Interests: vaccination adherence and hesitancy, health behaviour change

Funding: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Canadian Graduate Scholarship

Shokouh Abolhosseini, B.Sc. (Hons)

Research Coordinator

Shokouh Abolhosseini, B.Sc. (Hons)

Research Coordinator

Shokouh is a recent graduate of the University of Calgary's BSc psychology program (First Class Honours). She first became interested in research during her second year of studies when she joined Dr. Linda Carlson's Psychosocial Oncology Lab as a research assistant. Shokouh later completed her honours thesis, "Effects of Online Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery on Common Chemotherapy Side Effects", under Dr. Carlson's supervision. Her research interests broadly encompass the interrelation between physical and mental health, especially non-pharmacological approaches to symptom management and coping with chronic illness.

Shokouh joined the Behavioural Medicine Lab in 2021, where she now works full-time as a research coordinator. She is currently involved in the iPROTECT study to help develop an online intervention for vaccine hesitancy among Canadian adults. In her free time, Shokouh enjoys knitting, playing the violin, and strength training at the gym.

Research Interests: behavioural interventions, mindfulness, chronic illness, chronic pain

Stuti Patel, B.Sc. (Hons)

Research Coordinator

Stuti Patel, B.Sc. (Hons)

Research Coordinator

Stuti has her BSc in Psychology (Honours) from the University of Calgary. She began her undergraduate degree in Engineering and serendipitously found her love for psychology after taking her first introductory psychology course. As she followed that passion for psychology, she trained under Dr. Gerald Giesbrecht at the Developmental Psychobiology Lab for two years. During that time, her thesis focused on the gut microbiome and how that relates to prenatal depression and infant temperament. At the Behavioural Medicine lab, Stuti is primarily involved in the Living Well With Psoriatic Arthritis trial. Along with psychology, she is passionate about studying Sanskrit and making gouache paintings.
Research Interests: Gut microbiome, health behaviour change, chronic illness management.

Samia Shaikh

Honours Student

Samia Shaikh

Honours Student

Samia is a fourth-year BSc Psychology student at the University of Calgary. She began her undergraduate academic career in Natural Sciences before soul searching for her true passion and discovering Psychology. Samia will be completing her Honours with the Behavioural Medicine Lab and is planning to write her thesis on the potential effects of oxytocin in chronic pain management. Apart from her interests in human behaviours related to health, she is also passionate about advocating for the understanding of neurodiversity and the importance of mental health.