Programs Of Research

Treatment and management of obesity

This research focuses on low-cost, sustainable interventions such as brief interventions and technology (e.g., smartphone apps) using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (The Role of values,acceptance and mindfulness strategies in long term weight management).

Coping with chronic disease

Non-adherence is defined by the World Health
Organization as “the extent to which a person’s behaviour-taking medication, following a diet, and/or executing lifestyle changes, corresponds with agreed recommendations from a health care
provider” . BCRI is currently validating a measure to assess “non-adherence” in individuals on dialysis (Predicting and reducing non-adherence in chronic disease. Validating a novel clinical tool).

Interventions to support psychological management in chronic conditions have the potential to benefit patients and providers by improving timely care, better health outcomes and an overall level of satisfaction for patients and providers. Assessing the impact of distress screening and management on patients, providers and services will allow for the better management of developing interventions to treat chronic disease distress.


Professional resiliency

This research involves ongoing projects using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support healthcare providers to engage in self-care and improve behavioral effectiveness in the workplace.

Behaviour change and chronic disease management

This includes outcome research through the Behaviour Change Research Institute on our competency based training for healthcare providers in behaviour change skills. In addition, we are currently validating interventions to promote professional readiness for change to learn behaviour change skills (Alberta Project).

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