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Research

Current Projects

The Community Alternatives for Syncope Management to the Emergency Room (CASMER) Study

Summary: The purpose of the CASMER study is to provide better, more cost-effective, patient-centered alternative care for the management of low-risk vasovagal syncope (fainting) to emergency room assessment. Currently, most patients who faint are assessed in the emergency room; these visits account for 1-3% of emergency department visits in Canada each year. The vast majority of these cases are non-life threatening and patients do not benefit from costly assessments (e.g. MRI, ECG, etc). The CASMER study will create digital resources to provide reliable information to patients, train EMS to risk stratify patients out of hospital, and then offer an outpatient “syncope haven” for patients to self-manage their syncope.

Pre-surgical Predictors of Outcomes Following Bariatric Surgery

Summary: This prospective study investigates the roles of various pre-surgical psychosocial variables on weight-loss and quality of life changes after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Patients complete a number of questionnaires inquiring about psychological distress, eating behaviours, and social factors (e.g., social support) prior surgery, and are following for 12-months after surgery. Understanding predictors of outcomes following bariatric surgery will help in patient selection, resource allocation, and identifying at-risk patients for appropriate psychosocial intervention to support outcomes after surgery.

The Mindfulness And Tai chi for Cancer Health (MATCH) study

Summary: The MATCH study is an innovative preference-based comparative effectiveness trial examining Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery and Tai chi/Qigong for a host of psychological, physical, and biological outcomes in cancer survivors. For more information visit the study website: http://www.thematchstudy.ca/

A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of Intranasal Oxytocin in Improving Pain and Function Among Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

Summary: This RCT is evaluating the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin versus placebo in improving outcomes among women with chronic pelvic pain. The primary objective is to investigate oxytocin’s efficacy in reducing pain among women with chronic pelvic pain. Secondary objectives include investigating oxytocin’s efficacy in improving emotional function, physical function, and sleep among these women.

APrON - Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes & Nutrition Study

Summary: APrON is an ongoing prospective cohort study that recruited pregnant women early in pregnancy. The vision of the study is to improve the health and long-term potential of mothers and newborn babies in Alberta. For more information, please visit the APrON study website.

Recent Publications

Publications 2015 - present

  1. Letourneau, N. L., Kozyrskyj, A. L., Cosic, N., Ntanda, H. N., Anis, L., Hart, M. J., … & Giesbrecht, G. F. (2017). Maternal sensitivity and social support protect against childhood atopic dermatitis. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, 13(1), 26.
  2. Giesbrecht, G. F., Ejaredar, M., Liu, J., Thomas, J., Letourneau, N., Campbell, T., … & Dewey, D. (2017). Prenatal bisphenol a exposure and dysregulation of infant hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function: findings from the APrON cohort study. Environmental Health, 16(1), 47.
  3. Coats, A. J. S., Forman, D. E., Haykowsky, M., Kitzman, D. W., McNeil, A., Campbell, T. S., & Arena, R. (2017). Physical function and exercise training in older patients with heart failure.Nature reviews. Cardiology. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2017.70
  4. Rash, J. A., Toivonen, K., Robert, M., Nasr-Esfahani, M., Jarrell, J. F., & Campbell, T. S. (2017). Protocol for a placebo-controlled, within-participants crossover trial evaluating the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin to improve pain and function among women with chronic pelvic musculoskeletal pain.BMJ Open7(4), e014909.
  5. Thomas, J. C., Letourneau, N., Campbell, T. S., Tomfohr-Madsen, L., & Giesbrecht, G. F. (2017). Developmental origins of infant emotion regulation: Mediation by temperamental negativity and moderation by maternal sensitivity.Developmental Psychology53(4), 611.
  6. Leung, A. A., Daskalopoulou, S. S., Dasgupta, K., McBrien, K., Butalia, S., Zarnke, K. B., … & Gelfer, M. (2017). Hypertension Canada’s 2017 Guidelines for Diagnosis, Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Hypertension in Adults.Canadian Journal of Cardiology. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.03.005
  7. Thomas, J. C., Letourneau, N., Bryce, C. I., Campbell, T. S., & Giesbrecht, G. F. (2017). Biological embedding of perinatal social relationships in infant stress reactivity.Developmental Psychobiology59(4), 425-435.
  8. Rouleau, C. R., Toivonen, K., Aggarwal, S., Arena, R., & Campbell, T. S. (2017). The association between insomnia symptoms and cardiovascular risk factors in patients who complete outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.Sleep Medicine32, 201-207.
  9. Lavoie, K. L., Rash, J. A., & Campbell, T. S. (2017). Changing provider behavior in the context of chronic disease management: focus on clinical inertia. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 57, 263-283.
  10. Rouleau, C. R., King-Shier, K. M., Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., Aggarwal, S. G., Arena, R., & Campbell, T. S. (2016). A qualitative study exploring factors that influence enrollment in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-10. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1261417
  11. Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., Campbell, T. S., Giesbrecht, G. F., Letourneau, N. L., Carlson, L. E., Madsen, J. W., & Dimidjian, S. (2016). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for psychological distress in pregnancy: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials17(1), 498.
  12. Valera, S., Guadagni, V., Slone, E., Burles, F., Ferrara, M., Campbell, T., & Iaria, G. (2016). Poor sleep quality affects spatial orientation in virtual environments. Sleep Science. doi: 10.1016/j.slsci.2016.10.005
  13. Giesbrecht, G. F., Liu, J., Ejaredar, M., Dewey, D., Letourneau, N., Campbell, T., Martin, J. W., APrON Study Team. (2016). Urinary bisphenol A is associated with dysregulation of HPA-axis function in pregnant women: Findings from the APrON cohort study. Environmental Research, 151, 689-697.
  14. Giesbrecht, G. F., Letourneau, N., Campbell, T. S., Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition Study Team. (2016). Sexually dimorphic and interactive effects of prenatal maternal cortisol and psychological distress on infant cortisol reactivity. Developmental Psychopathology, 1, 1-14.
  15. Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., Clayborne, Z. M., Rouleau, C. R., & Campbell, T. S. (2016). Sleeping for Two: An open-pilot study of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia in pregnancy. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 00, 1-17. doi:10.1080/15402002.2016.1141769
  16. Rash, J.A., Campbell, D.J.T., Tonelli, M. & Campbell, T.S. (2016). A systematic-review of interventions intended to improve adherence to statin medication: How much do we really know about what works? Preventive Medicine, 90, 155-169. (5-year IF = 3.75)
  17. Rash, J. A., Lavoie, K. L., Sigal, R. J., Campbell, D. J., Manns, B. J., Tonelli, M., & Campbell, T. S. (2016). The OPTIMIZE trial: Rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial of motivational enhancement therapy to improve adherence to statin medication. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 49, 47-56. (5-year IF = 2.03)
  18. Johnson, J.A., Garland, S.N., Carlson, L.E., Savard, J., Simpson, S.A., Ancoli-Israel, S., & Campbell, T.S. (2016). The LITE Study: Rationale and protocol for a randomized controlled trial of light therapy for cancer-related fatigue in cancer survivors. Contemporary Clinical Trials49, 166-173. (IF=1.986)
  19. Zernicke, K. A., Campbell, T. S., Speca, M., Ruff, K. M., Flowers, S., Tamagawa, R., & Carlson, L. E. (2016). The eCALM Trial: eTherapy for Cancer Applying Mindfulness. Exploratory Analyses of the Associations Between Online Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery Participation and Changes in Mood, Stress Symptoms, Mindfulness, Posttraumatic Growth, and Spirituality. Mindfulness7(5), 1071-1081.
  20. Rash, J.A., Thomas, J.C., Campbell, T.S., Letourneau, N., Granger, D.A., Giesbrecht, G.F., & the APrON Study Team. (2016). Developmental origins of infant stress reactivity profiles: a multi-system approach. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(5), 578-599.
  21. Rouleau, C. R., Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., Campbell, T. S., Letourneau, N., O’Beirne, M., Giesbrecht, G. F., & APrON Study Team. (2016). The role of maternal cardiac vagal control in the association between depressive symptoms and gestational hypertension. Biological Psychology, 117, 32-42.
  22. Leung, A.A., Nerenberg, K., Daskalopoulou, S.S. et al. (2016). The 2016 Canadian Hypertension Education Program recommendations for blood pressure measurement, diagnosis, assessment of risk, prevention, and treatment of hypertension. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 32(5). doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2016.02.066
  23. Horsley, K.J., Rouleau, C.R., Garland, S.N., Samuels, C., Aggarwal, S.G., Stone, J.A., Arena, R., & Campbell, T.S. (2016). Insomnia symptoms and heart rate recovery among patients in cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39(4), 1-10.
  24. Johnson, J.A., Rash, J.A., Campbell, T.S., Savard, J., Gehrman, P.R., Perlis, M., Carlson, L.E. & Garland, S.N. (2015). A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) in cancer survivors. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 27, 20-28. (IF = 9.14).
  25. Rash, J. A., Campbell, T. S., Letourneau, N., & Giesbrecht, G. F. (2015). Prenatal maternal cortisol and parasympathetic programming of the infant cardiovascular system. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 54, 78-89. (5-year IF = 5.18)
  26. Campbell, T.S., Bacon, S.L., Corace, K., Lavoie, K.L., Rash, J.A. & Vallis, M. (2015). Comment on Pladevall et al, “A Randomized Controlled Trial to Provide Adherence Information and Motivational Interviewing to Improve Diabetes and Lipid Control”. The Diabetes Educator, 41(6), 625-626. (IF = 1.92).
  27. Daskalopoulo, S.S, Rabi, D.M., Zarnke, K.B et al. (2015). The 2015 Canadian Hypertension Education Program recommendations for blood pressure measurement, diagnosis, assessment of risk, prevention, and treatment of hypertension. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 31(5), 549-568.
  28. Tomfohr, L.M., Buliga, E., Letourneau, N., Campbell, T.S., & Giesbrecht, G.F. (2015). Trajectories of sleep quality and associations with mood during perinatal period. SLEEP, 38(8), 1237-1245. (IF= 5.1).
  29. Rouleau, C. R., Horsley, K. J., Morse, E., Aggarwal, S., Bacon, S. L., & Campbell, T. S. (2015). The Association between insomnia symptoms and mood changes during exercise among patients enrolled in cardiac rehabilitation.Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention35(6), 409-416.
  30. Garland, S. N., Rouleau, C. R., Campbell, T., Samuels, C., & Carlson, L. E. (2015). The Comparative Impact of Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) on Sleep and Mindfulness in Cancer Patients. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 11(6), 445-454.
  31. Rouleau, C.R., Lavoie, K., Bacon, S.L., Vallis, M. Corace, K., & Campbell, T.S. (2015). Training healthcare providers in motivational communication for promoting physical activity and exercise in cardiometabolic health settings: Do we know what we are doing? Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 9(6), 1-8.
  32. Giesbrecht, G.F., Campbell, T.S., & Letourneau, N. (2015). Sexually dimorphic adaptations in basal maternal stress physiology during pregnancy. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 56, 168-178.
  33. Routledge, F., McFetridge-Durdle, J., Macdonald, M., Breau, L., & Campbell, T. (2015). The Effect of Exercise and Distraction on Blood Pressure Recovery Following an Anger-Provoking Stressor in Normotensive Young Adults. Journal of Psychophysiology, 29(2), 45-54. (IF = 1.425).
  34. Rash, J.A., Campbell, T.S., Letourneau, N. & Giesbrecht, G. (2015). Maternal cortisol during pregnancy is related to infant cardiac vagal control. Psychoneauroendocrinology, 54, 78-89. (IF = 6.090).
  35. Labelle, L.E., Campbell, T.S., Faris, P., & Carlson, L.E. (2015) Mediators of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Assessing the timing and sequence of change in cancer patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71(1), 21-40. (IF = 2.111).