Our mission is to reduce human suffering, bring people together and increase access to science-based information.

Our professionals

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta with reciprocal agreements for clients in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. For close to 15 years she worked as a Clinical Health Psychologist for medical, surgery, and cancer care units at the hospital. She has taken all this experience to open Dr. Lee-Baggley and Associates, a virtual health psychology clinic offering clinical interventions, training for healthcare providers, and educational courses on health related topics. She holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and a cross-appointment in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She is an internationally recognized trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Mr. Ronald E. Pizzo is a labour and employment lawyer. His work includes human rights law, workplace harassment investigations and occupational health and safety law. Mr. Pizzo is a certified facilitator, mediator, and coach. He is certified in the ACT Prosocial Communication
process, an evidence-based approach to address toxic workplace communications. Since 2015, he has been recognized by his peers as being among the best lawyers in Canada in the field of labour and employment law. He is often hired to help leaders and individuals reconcile their
differences to restore productive workplace relationships.

Dr. Bill Howatt, founder and CEO of Howatt HR, Sc, BA., MEd, MSc, PhD, EdD, Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He has 30 years of experience in workplace mental health and understanding how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill has published over 50 books, such as The Globe and Mail bestseller, The Cure for Loneliness, and Stop Hiding and Start Living. He is a regular contributor to Talent Canada, OHS Magazine, and The Chronicle Herald and has published over 350 articles with The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Nicolle Vincent PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia). Dr. Vincent works with pain patients as part of a multidisciplinary team. She is the associate director and health psychology track coordinator of the Halifax Clinical Psychology Residency Program. She holds an assistant professor appointment in the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine at Dalhousie University.  Her clinical interests and training are in health psychology, which involves assisting individuals cope with medical illness and injury. She is interested in research that explores programs and interventions for chronic illness, professional resiliency, and knowledge translation.


Dr. Sulaye Thakrar PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia). Dr. Thatkrar works at with patients in Cardiology, Respirology, and who have Burn injuries. His therapeutic orientation is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),  Mindfulness-Based therapies, Motivational Interviewing and Communication (MI), Behavioural Change Strategies, and Systems Approaches.  His research interests include how people adapt to Chronic Illness or Injury, and how to train Health Care Providers in managing the Psychosocial Aspects of injury.


Dr. Tiffany R. Shepherd PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia). Dr. Shepherd provides clinical health psychology services to diabetes, obesity, and GI patient populations using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Communication. Her research interests include improving accessibility to psychosocial interventions for chronic disease self-management; chronic disease distress; obesity and weight management; sleep, stress, and health; health behaviour change; and health promotion.


Dr. Clair Barefoot PhD, Clinical Psychology (Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia) Dr. Barefoot is a clinical psychologist who provides clinical health psychology services to individuals with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disorders, and other chronic conditions.  She aims to tailor therapy to the needs of the person using a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.  Her research interests include psychosocial interventions for individuals or groups with chronic health conditions and the use of neuropsychological tests during a pandemic in an inpatient setting.