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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.

Ph.D. Student

Kirsti Toivonen, M.Sc.

Ph.D. 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, and the “mind-body connection”; with particular interests in psychosocial oncology and reproductive health.

Kirsti’s dissertation research will focus on understanding non-adherence to aromatase inhibitors and tamoxifen in breast cancer survivors, and promoting adherence to these medications. In her free time, Kirsti enjoys art, weightlifting, and listening to heavy metal.

Research Focus: Psychosocial oncology, adherence, trial design and methodology, reproductive health
Funding: CIHR Master’s, CIHR Doctoral, University of Calgary Silver Anniversary Recruitment Graduate Fellowship, Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship

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Michelle Flynn, M.Sc.

PhD. Student

Michelle Flynn, M.Sc.

PhD. 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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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.

Ph.D. Student

Tamara Williamson, M.Sc.

Ph.D. 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 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.

Research Focus: Bariatric surgery, syncope, cardiac rehabilitation
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

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