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What we offer

In addition to our residency program, the Department of Clinical Health Psychology also provides UGME teaching (College of Medicine), resident teaching with other clinical departments and clinical practica for advanced doctoral psychology trainees.

Department research

We are dedicated to improving and advancing our understanding of patient outcomes in the field of Clinical Health Psychology through partnering with colleagues in other clinical departments, colleges and faculties on a local, national and international level.

Our researchers

 Explore the links below to learn more about our department's exemplary clinician scientists.

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Research Day

The Department of Clinical Health Psychology holds an annual research day every April. The event features the John R. Walker Keynote Address, poster session and rapid-fire presentations.

The date for this year's research day will be posted in our department's events calendar.

John R. Walker Keynote Address

Named in honour of Dr. John Walker (1949 - 2018), this keynote address is an important part of our annual Research Day.

Dr. Walker was a professor emeritus with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba and worked as a clinical psychologist for nearly 35 years at St. Boniface Hospital. He was well known in Canada and internationally as a passionate scientist and clinician of great integrity, intelligence, humour and warmth. He embodied the scientist-practitioner, and excelled as a psychotherapist, a researcher, a teacher and a community advocate.

Dr. Walker was a trailblazer through his research in anxiety and knowledge translation, shaping the way mental health services are delivered in Manitoba and across Canada. Always a pragmatic researcher, he was a mentor for countless colleagues and trainees over his decades with the department.

Community and partners

  • Dr. John Walker.
  • John Walker & Family Research Fund

    The John Walker & Family Research Fund was established by Dr. Walker and his family through the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM) to support local researchers in the study of anxiety disorders, their treatment and related knowledge translation.

    Donations can be made through ADAM. (See Donate and select John Walker & Family Research Fund from the fund drop-down menu.)

Department events

  • Dr. Robert Martin.
  • Robert Martin Memorial Lecture

    Dr. Robert Martin (1926-2014) was the first head of Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba, serving in that role for more than two decades.

    Dr. Martin was considered a visionary for the role of psychologists in medical schools and teaching hospitals. To his colleagues, he was a mentor to colleagues and subsequent department heads and served as trusted confidential advisor to the department's residents.

    In 2013, Dr. Martin was awarded the Canadian Psychological Association's Gold Medal for Lifetime Contribution to Canadian psychology.

    Each year, we honour his legacy with the Robert Martin Memorial Lecture, usually held in February - details will be provided in the events calendar.

  • Dr. Michael Teschuk
  • Coffee with Mike

    Dr. Michael Teschuk (1964-2019) was the long-time residency training director in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He also served as a child psychologist at Health Sciences Centre.

    Dr. Teschuk’s passion for teaching, his genuine curiosity and keen intellect, and his compassion were evident to all who had the opportunity to work with him, patients and colleagues alike. He was a gifted mentor, especially valued for his wisdom, pragmatism, and humour.

     Dr. Teschuk was known for connecting with residents over a cup of coffee – a personal touch that fostered a sense of community and trust throughout the program. To carry on his legacy, the “Coffee with Mike” initiative welcomes new residents to our program with a Starbucks gift card.

Grand Rounds

  • Learning opportunity

    The Department of Clinical Health Psychology Grand Rounds is a learning series for residents, medical students, psychologists, physicians and other health professionals.

    Presenters include local, national and international experts covering a broad range of topics in  clinical psychology, including approaches to evidence-based clinical care, learning and research. A question and answer period follows each session.

    Grand Rounds is usually held at 3:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month from September to June. View the events calendar for full details.

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Faculty and staff

Contact us

Clinical Health Psychology
PZ350-771 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N4 Canada

204-787-3876
204-787-3755