Robert M. Martin Memorial Lecture

Dr. Robert Martin 1926-2014

Dr. Martin was the first head of Clinical Health Psychology, serving in that role for over 20 years.  He was a visionary for the role of psychologists in medical schools and teaching hospitals.  After he formally retired in 1997, and until his death in 2014, he held the rank of Senior Scholar, was a mentor to colleagues and subsequent department heads, and served as confidential advisor to the department’s residents. In 2013, he received the Canadian Psychological Association’s Gold Medal for Lifetime Contribution to Canadian psychology.


Health Resilience in the Age of Fear and Misinformation

Timothy Caulfield
Professor, Faculty of Law and Public Health, University of Alberta

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:00-4:30PM

Via Zoom- please contact to register

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and public health policy has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Called the’ Canadian nemesis of pseudoscience’ by the Globe and Mail, he contributes frequently to the popular press, debunking pseudoscience and educating the public on evidence-based health information. He is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America.

1. Understand the scope and nature of the "infodemic" of misinformation with COVID-19 as a prime example;
2. Identify the harms associated with the spread of misinformation including on mental health;
3. Review effective positive action, including strategy of "debunking" and the role of resiliency and reflection on slowing the spread of misinformation.


Perspectives on Indigenous Mental Health: Cultural Teachings and Implications for Care
Dr. Christopher Mushquash
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Resesearch, Lakehead University
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction
Associate Vice President of Research, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Chief Scientist, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute
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Shifting our paradigm and approach to understanding and addressing substance use and related problems
Dr. Patrick Smith
CEO Canadian Mental Health Association
Former VP, Research, BC Mental Health & Addictions
Former VP, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) &  Head, Addictions Psychiatry                                                                                                 [Click here for presentation]

Building a Healthier Health System
Mr. Andre Picard
Health Columnist, Globe and Mail

Primary care and clinical health psychology collaboration: the importance of being earnest
Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne
Department of Family Medicine
University of Ottawa

Is the Canadian health care system sustainable? The imperative for behavior change and the role for psychology
Dr. John Service, Former Executive Director
Canadian Psychological Association