Our Team



Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist.  worked for almost 15 years in multidisciplinary teams on medical, surgical and cancer care hospital units providing assessment, therapy and consultation for patients with chronic and life-threatening health conditions. She also conducts research as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and cross appointments in the Departments of Surgery and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She has an active research program on behavior change, obesity, chronic disease, professional resiliency and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Lee-Baggley has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 120 scholarly presentations. She is a senior consultant providing healthy workplace interventions for employees, teams, and leaders with Howatt HR Consulting and the Chief of Research for the Howatt HR Applied Workplace Research Institute. She is an internationally recognized trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and a certified therapist in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples. She was the recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Award for her contributions to Health, Sport and Wellness (Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis). She is the author of the book “Healthy Habits Suck: How to get off the couch & live a healthy life…even if you don’t want to.”



Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

(pronouns she/her/hers)


Our Psychologists

Dr. Nicolle Vincent is a clinical psychologist with the Pain Management Unit, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 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 Education: PhD, Psychologist (Candidate Register). I am a Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register) with The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of New Brunswick, my Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and my Doctoral Residency at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
Clinical work/interest: I work at QEII Health Sciences Centre with patients in Cardiology, Respirology, and who have Burn injuries. My therapeutic orientation is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) although I can be eclectic in my use of  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),  Mindfulness-Based therapies, Motivational Interviewing and Communication (MI), Behavioural Change Strategies, and Systems Approaches. I  am also a practicing Couples Therapist with training in Behavioural Couples Therapy techniques and am currently working on developing Emotion Focused therapy skills.
Research Interests: My research interests include all of the areas I do clinical work in. I am especially interested in how people adapt to Chronic Illness or Injury, and how to train Health Care Providers in managing the Psychosocial Aspects of injury. My background also includes qualitative research. My graduate research used Narrative methodology to investigate Men’s Narratives of Burn Injury Recovery and Return to Work  by drawing on their Masculinit(ies).

Tiffany R. Shepherd PhD Psychologist (Cand. Reg)Clinical work: Primary Health Care, NSHA. Provides clinical health psychology services to diabetes, obesity, and GI patient populations using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Communication. Research interests: improving accessibility to psychosocial interventions for chronic disease self-management; chronic disease distress; obesity and weight management; sleep, stress, and health; health behaviour change; health promotion

Our Research Staff

Syble Daniel-Woods – Project Manager

Syble holds both a BSc. in Psychology and a MSc. in Medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has 15 years of research experience in academic, pharmaceutical and behavior psychology settings. She is interested in applying her educational and research experience in studies that impact her local community.


Dominique F Shephard, BSc, MScOT reg (NS) – Research Associate

Dominique is an Occupational Therapist, NSHA Research Associate, Co-Instructor at Dalhousie University
Clinical OT work in housing, and homelessness, addiction and mental health, advocacy, as well as return to work.
Her research interests include behaviour change, self-management, chronic conditions, Primary Health Care improvement and access to services.

Our Affiliates

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Dr. Michael Mindrum
Michael  practices internal medicine and critical care medicine in Nova Scotia. He is the medical director of the Valley Regional Diabetes Centre. In 2018 he founded Valley Metabolic Health which helps empower patients living with obesity and type 2 diabetes by improving nutrition, sleep and movement through behavioural change. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Hawaii, The University of Vermont, and Dalhousie University.  He is married to Dr. Christa Mindrum, a family physician, the proud father of 3 young children, and owner of one large dog. 
Leslee Ellsmere, BScPh, CDE CBE CHC

Leslee is an experienced Pharmacist with a demonstrated history of working in retail industry, and strong healthcare services. She is professionally skilled in Medication Reconciliation, Pharmaceutical Care, Coaching, Obesity and Diabetes Management. She enjoys the opportunity to help improve the lives of others with a keen interest in Obesity, Diabetes Management and patient advocacy.

The Rev Captain Robin Major, BA, BTH, MDIV, MA

He is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. He is a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and is currently serving as a Mental Health Chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces. He specializes in individual and group delivery of training in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  His primary research interest is in the potential benefits of MSC and ACT in the context of the Canadian Armed Forces community.

Ronald E Pizzo B.A., LL.B., 


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