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.
Audrey Kruisselbrink – Research Associate
Audrey has a Masters degree in Policy and Practice in the Health and Social Services from the University of Victoria. Her 10 years of applied experience as a social worker for the BC government has provided a strong background for managing large research projects. For the past 15 years, Audrey has worked as a research coordinator at Acadia, Dalhousie, and Saint Mary’s. She has worked on a variety of social science research projects including the CREW project, the Leading Workplace Communities project, the EMPOWER project and the Employment-Related Geographic Mobility of NS Healthcare Workers project.
Dominique F Shephard, BSc, MScOT reg (NS) – Research Associate
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.,