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Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen


My name is Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, I have over 15 years of experience centered on understanding the impact of social and structural risk factors on mental and physical health and nearly a decade doing research on prevention of mental health problems. I am an Associate Professor and the former Director of Clinical Training in the CPA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at the University of Calgary. From 2013-2019, I held a Professorship in Child Health Psychology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and I was supported by a Career Development Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) and Early Career Investigator Award from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). I received my BA in psychology from the University of British Columbia and my PhD from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Behavioural Medicine. My program of research is focused on the psychological and social factors that promote or detract from optimal health trajectories. The transition to parenthood is a time of increased risk for development or worsening of mental health problems. My intervention research seeks to address patient-oriented research priorities related to the development, testing and dissemination of prevention and intervention programs that will improve both parental and child mental health. My current program of research has been profoundly influenced by my own role as a mother, my clinical work with families transitioning to parenthood and a personal dedication to addressing socially influenced risk factors for poor mental and health. I am deeply invested in service at the departmental, provincial, and national level that focus on addressing deep seated inequities in psychological training and care and that aim to provide equitable access to culturally competent mental health services.

Discipline: Psychology

Centre: University of British Columbia

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