Current Research Projects

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Anxiety, Adult

Faculty: Dr. Patricia Furer, Dr. Laine Torgrud, Dr. Gillian Alcolado, Dr. John Walker

Funding: Manitoba Patient Access Network, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

Alcolado, G., Furer, P., Torgrud, L. Brief cognitive intervention for compulsive checking – a stepped care approach.

Furer, P., Alcolado, G., Reynolds, K. Understanding and treating anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum.

Furer, P., Alcolado, G., Torgrud, L. Effective measures for assessment of anxiety in adults

Furer, P., Alcolado, G., Torgrud, L. Evaluation of a large group intervention for anxiety.

Furer, P., Walker, J.R., Alcolado, G., Torgrud, L. Understanding health anxiety.

Sareen J, Sala T, Wong J. Furer P, Hynes A, Nepon J, Katz LY. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Classes for adults and adolescents with mood, anxiety and substance use disorders and their caregivers.

Anxiety, Child

Faculty: Dr. John Walker; Dr. Steven Feldgaier; Dr. Leanne Mak; Dr. Patricia Furer; Dr. Norah Vincent
Funding: Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)

Walker, J. R., Cornock, B., Feldgaier, S., Mak, L., Altman, G., Ph.D., Cox, B., Freeman, W., Hiebert-Murphy, D. What do parents want to know about treatments for child anxiety? 

Walker, J. R., Charette, G., Sareen, J., Furer, P., Kutcher, S., Sielski, B., Craig, R., Martens, P., Feldgaier, S., Altman, G., & Moffatt, M.  Knowledge synthesis: Finding the information parents want to know about treatments for children's anxiety. 

Walker, J. R., McGrath, P., Furer, P., Feldgaier, S., Vincent, N., Unruh, A., Watters, C. Developing a web-based program to assist parents in helping the anxious child: A public health approach for prevention and early intervention.

Chronic Pain & Chronic Disease

Faculty: Dr. Greg Tkachuk, Dr. Brigitte Sabourin, Dr. Anna Marie Carlson, Dr. Lesley Graff, Dr. Norah Vincent, Dr. Pam Holens (see Military and Veteran Health)

Funding: CHP Research Committee, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Carlson, A., Kaleta, K. Impact of psychological screening on diabetes control

Carlson, A., Larocque, K. Factors influencing attendance and weight loss in outpatient weight management program

Carlson, A., Woodland, D., Trialing cold and vibration to reduce pediatric pain during immunizations

Lints-Martindale, A., Hadjistavropoulos, T. Pain assessment and management among seniors with and without dementia

Marrie R, Fiske J, Graff LA, Mazerolle E, Kornelson J, Bernstein CN, Bolton J, Marriot J,  Figley J. Comorbidity, cognition and multiple sclerosis

Tkachuk, G., Hall, P., Marshall, J., Mercado, A., McMurtry, B., Wagner , F. Rehabiltation Research

Tkachuk, G., Harris, C. Chronic Pain Psychometrics

Tkachuk, G., Sabourin, B., Holens, P., Woods, M., Bailly, M.  Acceptance-based psychological therapy for chronic pain: clinical outcomes

Tkachuk, G., Vincent, N., Simister, H., Shay, B., Skrabek, R., Clara, I., Pear, J., Bailly, M. Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy (ABBT) for Fibromyalgia

Developmental Neuropsychology

Faculty: Dr. Nicole Taylor, Dr. Leah Enns

Enns, L.N., & Taylor, N. Factors predictive of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Neuropsychological assessment

Enns, LN., & Taylor, N. Neuropsychological assessment and FASD in adolescence: Which measures best predict an FASD diagnosis?

Taylor, N., & Enns, L.N. Cognitive assessment and FASD

Taylor, N., & Enns, L.N. Factors predictive of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Caregiver and teacher rating scales

Taylor, N., & Enns, L.N. Tracking developmental trajectories in FASD using a longitudinal design

Taylor, N., & Enns, L.N. Trauma and resiliency in FASD


Faculty: Dr. David Hill, Dr. Sabrina Demetrioff

Funding: Manitoba Patient Access Network, Health Sciences Centre Foundation

Hill, D., Demetrioff, S. Forensic Psychology practice in Canada: A survey of current practices and attitudes among Clinical Forensic Psychologists

Hill, D., Demetrioff, S., Casiano H. Crocker A. Examining the long-term health outcomes of individuals found Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) and unfit to stand trial in Manitoba’s forensic mental health system. 

Hill, D., Demetrioff, S., Johnson, E., Waldman, J. The expansion of Mental Health Court: Processing individuals with mental health problems in the criminal justice system

Waldman, J., Demetrioff, S., Hill, D. Daily delivery and supervision of psychotropic medication for high-risk patients with severe and persistent mental illness.

Gastrointestinal Illnesses

Faculty: Dr. Lesley Graff, Dr. John R. Walker

Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Association of Gastroenterology

Bernstein, C., Graff, L., Walker, J. R., Blanchard, J., Leslie, W., Clara, I., Lix, L,  Vagianos, K., Sexton, K.
Biological, clinical and psychosocial determinants of health outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease. 

Graff, L., Bernstein, C., Walker, J. R., Targownik, L.,  Restall, G., Lix, L., Blanchard, J.,  Sexton, K., Clara, I. Understanding patients’ disease experience: a guide to disease management in IBD.

Graff, L., Bharadwaj, S., Shen, B. Psychological factors, menstrual cycle and GI symptoms in pouch disorders.

Marrie, R. Bernstein, C. N., Graff, L., Walker, J. R., Hitchins, C. Katz, A., Sareen, J., Bolton, J., Lix, L.
Psychiatric comorbidity in chronic immunoinflammatory diseases: Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease.

Silvester, J., Walker, J. R, Duerksen D,  Graff, L.,, Kelly, C. Factors associated with mucosal recovery in celiac disease  

Knowledge Translation

Faculty: Dr. John R. Walker, Dr. Patricia Furer

Funding: Team Grant, Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)

Walker, J.R., Phipps, D., Rose-Krasnor, L., Swinson, R., Angus, L., Cunningham, C., Eastwood, J., Marcus, M., Ryan-Nichols, K., Sareen, J., Westra, H., & Furer, P.  Pathways to Mental Health Treatment: Mobilizing Knowledge to Inform Consumer Decision-Making, Advocacy, and Access. 

Learning and Clinical Practice

Faculty: Dr. Maxine Holmqvist, Dr. Lesley Graff

Garland A, Graff, L, Dodek P, Bice T, Sexton K, Naeem A, Driedger M, Carson S, Yang C. The relationship between critical care physicians’ characteristics and their clinical practice patterns

Holmqvist, M., Barnes, J. Clinical Practice Guideline Resources for Psychologists: Phase 1- Environmental Scan

Holmqvist, M., Klym, K, Brown, R., Mowat, S. Development and validation of an observational tool to assess skill in delivering bad news in medical trainees

Mental Illness

Faculty: Dr. Valerie Krysanski, Dr. Colleen Murphy, Dr. Ronak Patel, Dr. Andrea Piotrowski, Dr. Maxine Holmqvist   
Katz, A., & Holmqvist, M. Primary Prevention of Mental Health Disorders

Krysanski, V., Illing, V., Tasca, G.The Knowledge of Eating Disorders Scale – Development and Psychometric Validation

Krysanski, V., Salem, S. Modified dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder – treatment outcomes and factors impacting treatment

Krysanski, V., Woods Frohlich, L. Evaluating treatment outcomes in a modified cognitive behaviour group intervention

Murphy, C., Patel, R., & Piotrowksi, A. Examining the effectiveness of cognitive remediation in first episode psychosis.  

Military and Veteran Health

Faculty: Dr. Debbie Whitney, Dr. Sarah Chaulk, Dr. David Podnar, Dr. Pamela Holens, Dr. Maxine Holmqvist, Dr. Natalie Mota

Funding: CHP Department

Averill, L., Smith.,N., Holens, P., Sippel, L., Bellmore, A., Mota, N., Sareen, J., Southwick, S., Pietrzak, R. Sex differences in risk and resilience factors associated with military sexual trauma.

Holens, P., Klassen, K., Buhler, J., Gilberto, A., Simister, H. Development and evaluation of an online Acceptance-Based Behavioural Therapy for chronic pain management in a military population.
Klassen, K., Holens, P., Yoga for treatment of chronic pain in RCMP, military personnel and veterans

Podnar, D., Chaulk, S., Whitney, D. Evaluation of Group-based Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Canadian Military/RCMP Members and Veterans

Whitney, D.L.  Resilience as a trauma therapist.

Whitney, D.L., Klassen, K., Holmqvist, M., Bailly, M., Abou-Setta, A.M., Friesen, C., & Zarychanski, R. Effectiveness and safety of videoconference psychotherapy for PTSD:  A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Whitney, D.L., Laforce, J. C. & Klassen, K.  Treatment of service-related posttraumatic stress disorder via telehealth

Whitney, D.L., Maxsom, C., Sareen, J., Sala, T. & Kinley, J.  Guided self-help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in veterans.

Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation

Faculty: Dr. Lesley Ritchie, Dr. Colleen Millikin, Dr. Ronak Patel

Funding: Team Grant: University Collaborative Research Program, Team Grant: The Paul HT Thorlakson Foundation Fund, Team Grant: Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Grant, University Research Grant Program, University of Manitoba, CHP Research Committee, CIHR Catalyst Grant
El-Gabalawy, R. Patel, R. Mutch, A., Ryner, L., Ph.D. Mackenzie, C., Ph.D. Funk, D., & McDonald, H.  A comprehensive evaluation of pre-surgical prognostic factors of post-operative delirium: A pilot study. 

Fischer, C;  Millikin, C, Schweizer, T, Ismail, Z, Smith, E, Munoz, D,  Lix, Lisa, Shelton, P. Neuroimaging Correlates of Delusions in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Millikin, C., Fischer, C., Ismail, Z. Development and Stability of Delusions Across the Spectrum from Normal Aging to Dementia   

Millikin, C., Fischer, C., Schweizer, T, Chow, T, Ismail, Z., Lix, L. Shelton, P., Fisher, N. Neuroimaging Profiles of Neuropsychiatric Subgroups in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Millikin, C., Shelton, P., Marotta, J. Neuropsychological functioning in patients with posterior cortical atrophy

Patel, R. Does rTMS improve cognition? A quantitative meta-analysis.

Patel, R. The development of a neuroimaging-guided program for cognitive rehabilitation in a clinical setting.

Patel, R., Ko, J. H., Girard, T. Structural and functional brain changes underlying the emotional enhancement of memory in posttraumatic stress disorder   

Ritchie, L. & Kilgour, A. Adaptive Behavioral Inventory for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI-4-ABI).

Ritchie, L.
& Kilgour, A. An Enriched Goal Management Training Program for Persons with Executive Dysfunction.

Ritchie, L., Gawryluk, J., & Kilgour, A.  Pattern of performance on the Ruff-Light Trail Learning Test performance in patients with right versus left hemisphere seizure disorder.

Ritchie, L., Gawryluk, J., & Kilgour, A. Establishment of new normative data for the CLOX and SDMT.

Russell, K., Ellis, M., Ritchie, L., Mutch, A., & Leiter, J. Collaborative assessment of adolescent hockey players with and without a sports-related concussion. 

Russell, K., Ellis, M., Ritchie, L., Sharma, A. Functioning after a sport-related concussion in youth: A longitudinal cohort. 

Rural and Northern Psychology

Faculty: Dr. Greg Gibson, Dr. Amanda Lints-Martindale, Dr. AnnaMarie Carlson, Dr. Norah Vincent, Dr. John Walker, Dr. Andrea Piotrowski

Dyck, K., Lints-Martindale, A., Vincent, N., Walker, J. R., Piotrowski, A., Abdulrehman, R. Strengthening primary care:  Using stepped care to improve services for anxiety and depression in underserved populations

Gibson, G., Senchuk-Lavergne, C. Measuring the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioural treatment group for adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder in South Western Manitoba

Lints-Martindale, A., Lippens, T. Capacity building within rural mental health programs

Sleep Disorders

Faculty: Dr. Norah Vincent

Funding: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Vincent, N., Harris, C., Wilson, K., & Jiang., D.Effectiveness and side-effects associated with treatment of insomnia among cancer survivors.

Vincent, N., Theadom, A., McPherson, K., Feigin, V., Barker-Collo, S., & Vandal, A. Improving multi-faceted functioning in people after brain injury: a feasibility study.

Vincent, N., Tomfohr-Madsen, L., Madsen, J., Williamson, T., Metcalfe, A., Campbell, T. Sleeping for Two: A pilot controlled trial of CBT for insomnia in pregnant women.  

Trauma & Health

Faculty: Dr. Renée El-Gabalawy, Dr. Natalie Mota

Funding: University of Manitoba Research Grants Program, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Academic Oversight  Committee Internal Grants, University of Manitoba Start-Up Funding

Allak, Y., El-Gabalawy, R., Stein, M., Enns, M., Raskind, M., Sala, T., Sareen, J. An open label 8 week trial examining the effectiveness of Prazosin in reducing symptoms of anxiety.

Braun, J., El-Gabalawy, R., Pietrzak, R.H., Mitchell, K., Mota, N. Post-traumatic stress disorder and binge eating behaviour in a population-based US sample.

Csupak, B., Jacobsohn, E., El-Gabalawy, R., Chronic pain and generalized anxiety disorder: An investigation of clinical correlates in a nationally representative sample.

El-Gabalawy, R.,  Pitz, M., Bolton, J., Mota, N., Mutter, T. A retrospective cohort study of oncologic, medical, and mental health-related correlates and outcomes of breast cancer surgery.

El-Gabalawy, R., Jacobsohn, E., Wourms, V., Chowdhury, T.,…Avidan, M. ENGAGES-CANADA: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial examining perioperative factors, including depth of anesthesia, and complications predicting delirium and post-traumatic stress disorder.

El-Gabalawy, R., Mackenzie, C., Sareen, J., Bernstein, M., & Hitchon, C. A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between indicators of severity and anxiety among rheumatoid arthritis patients.

El-Gabalawy, R., Mackenzie, C., Sareen, J., MacDonald, K., Srinathan, S. Pre-operative mental health characteristics and distress predicting perioperative complications in adults undergoing non-cardiac surgery.

El-Gabalawy, R., Maran, & Serber, E. Post-traumatic growth and post-traumatic stress disorder in cardiac outpatients.

El-Gabalawy, R., Mota, N., Sommer, J., Sareen, J. Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder in the context of illness-related trauma: A population-based investigation.

El-Gabalawy, R., Siddiqui, F., Eschun, G., & Kowalski, S. The psychological consequences of speaking in weaning patients with tracheostomies: A randomized controlled trial examining the impact of tracheal cuff deflation.

Hoban, C., El-Gabalawy, R., Mutch, A. Pre-operative mental health, neurological deficits, and cognitive indicators of post-operative delirium.

Kaster, T., El-Gabalawy, R., Mota, N., Sareen, J. An examination of post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer in a US population-based sample.

Mota, N, Bolton, JB, Vincent, N. Make It!: A brief intervention to increase appointment adherence in trauma-exposed individuals referred for post-crisis psychological services.

Sommer, J., Mota, N., Sareen, J., El-Gabalawy, R. Maladaptive eating typologies among individuals with PTSD symptoms: An examination of trauma correlates and associations with chronic health conditions.

Starzyk, K., El-Gabalawy, R., Mackenzie, C. An investigation of prosocial outcomes in post-traumatic growth in university and community-based samples.

Vun, E., Mota, N., Turner, S., Sareen, J., El-Gabalawy, R. Comorbidity of chronic pain conditions and mental disorders in the Canadian Forces: An investigation of the role of pain severity and impact on functioning.