CIHR Call for Applications – Knowledge Synthesis: COVID-19 in Mental Health and Substance Use.

On April 23, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Health Patty Hajdu announced a $115 million investment in Canada’s rapid research response to COVID-19. This includes the first funding opportunity in the COVID-19 and Mental Health Initiative, Knowledge Synthesis: COVID-19 in Mental Health and Substance Use. Launched yesterday, this funding opportunity will support the immediate health services needs through rapid knowledge syntheses and knowledge mobilization plans for existing mental health and substance use services in the COVID-19 context. The application deadline for this funding opportunity is May 7.

For questions related to the COVID-19 and Mental Health Initiative, please email

COVID-19 and Substance Use

Dr. Kim Corace, Director of Clinical Programming and Research, Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and CPA Incoming President, discusses COVID and substance use
Kim Corace Interview

Submitting claims for virtual services with eClaims

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve and a new normal of physical distancing takes hold, many allied healthcare providers are finding new ways to treat their patients.

Join us to learn more about eClaims and how you can leverage it when conducting virtual consults. Our expert team will explain how eClaims can help your practice and your patient’s experience for virtual consults as well as answer your questions. We will also be making an exciting announcement.

Thursday, April 16, 2020
12pm to 1pm ET | 10am to 11am MT | 9am to 10am PT


Can’t make it? Register and we’ll send you the recording.

The eClaims team, TELUS Health

CPA Webinar – Psychological Care of Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues to Consider

CPA WEBINAR – Held Wednesday April 8, 2020

Psychological Care of Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues to Consider – Dr. Anita Gupta, Clinical Psychologist.

This webinar will assist those providing psychological care to frontline health care providers during COVID-19 by increasing awareness of common stressors faced and implications for care. We will discuss considerations to take into account when providing assessment and treatment to health care providers of different professions during this pandemic specifically and how it might be similar or different from treating this population generally. We will also discuss implications for self care as a clinician caring for frontline health care providers during this pandemic.

Call for Nominations for the 2020 CPA Board of Directors

Nominations are required for the positions of:    

  • Director Representing Education
  • Director Representing Practice
  • Director-at-Large

Note: All Board terms are for three years (beginning in June).

As specified in By-Law 5.04, Directors shall be elected by the members by ordinary resolution at an annual meeting of members at which an election of Directors is required.

Instructions for Nominations

As per By-Law 5.06, any CPA Member can submit a nomination for election to the Board of Directors for the open positions, not less than 30 nor more than 65 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM). A call for an electronic advance vote will be issued before the AGM. Advance voting will occur by electronic vote.

Members and Fellows of the Canadian Psychological Association are invited to make nominations for the position listed above.  Each nomination must include a curriculum vitae for the candidate, including educational background, present and former positions, and research and/or professional activities. It must be accompanied by a letter from the nominator and four letters of support that state the position for which the candidate is being nominated, express support for the candidate, and contains a statement to the effect that the nominator has ascertained the candidate’s willingness to stand for nomination. The nomination letter and letters of support must come from CPA Members or Fellows. In addition, each nomination must include a statement from the nominee, not to exceed 250 words, about what qualities, interests and goals they bring to their nomination, as well as a picture to be used on the electronic ballot. 

The names and supporting materials of nominees must be received at CPA Head Office by April 29th, 2020 and should be sent by email to:
Chair, Nominating Committee:

For the Present Board Representation please click here

Please take this opportunity to speak with colleagues and friends about running for a seat on the CPA Board of Directors.  Your association needs you – membership engagement makes for a strong and successful organization! 

Call for Papers on the COVID-19 Pandemic With a Rapid Review Process

The COVID-19 pandemic is having many life-altering short- and likely long-term effects. There are many potential applications of psychological theory, practice, and research that have can contribute to the public good at this time of national and international crisis. 

American Psychologist (AP invites papers related directly to the pandemic. As for all APmanuscripts, we seek high-impact papers of broad interest covering science, practice, education, or policy. Manuscripts should be written in a style that is accessible to all psychologists and the public.

We will follow our usual procedures and conduct a quick initial review of submissions to assure a fit with the type of articles published in this journal. Those manuscripts selected for further consideration will be peer reviewed and fast-tracked for publication if accepted. We will strive to provide editorial decision letters within one week of completed submission. Authors will be expected to revise manuscripts promptly. Accepted articles will be posted online within a short time frame and prioritized for publication.

Manuscripts will be considered as they are received. Authors should follow AP’s Instructions for Authors and submit to the manuscript portal, selecting as article type “COVID-19”( We ask that you indicate prominently in your cover letter that your manuscript is related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please notify Anne Kazak, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, of your paper title with a brief synopsis of your planned submission as early as possible ( 

Amanda Clinton, PhD
Senior Director

Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety: CPA Traumatic Stress Section

In these unprecedented times, the CPA Traumatic Stress Section executive wanted to reach out with a document of resources for managing COVID-19 anxiety. This document includes online resources including apps and media interviews, as well as potential strategies for managing COVID-19 cognitive distortions and other tips for managing mental wellness.

We hope you find them helpful and that you and your loved ones are keeping safe,
The CPA-TSS executive

  • CPA Traumatic Stress Section: Resources for Managing COVID-19 Anxiety.
  • Subject: COVID-19 Call for Assistance

    Dear Colleagues,

    Please find attached a letter relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada sent on behalf of Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Tina Namiesniowski, President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Stephen Lucas, Deputy Minister of Health Canada. Thank you for your assistance.


    Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
    Public Health Agency of Canada

    Letter to Health Professional Associations Eng.pdf

    MHCC Request for Proposals: Deadline Extension

    Request for Proposals:
    Community Based Research Projects — Deadline Extended 

    Cannabis & Mental Health 

    The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recognizes the impact COVID-19 will have on a team’s ability to organize and submit applications. We are therefore extending the deadline.

    New deadline to apply is Friday, May 29, 2020


    The MHCC hopes you are faring well and wanted you to know we have updated the timlines of our Request for Proposals: Community Based Research in Cannabis and Mental Health.

    Since COVID-19 will make it harder for community teams to complete their applications before April 23, we are extending the application deadline to May 29, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know of any further changes as quickly as possible. Please visit our website to download the request for proposals. 

    We are also extending the period for teams to receive support from community-based hubs. If you’d like support, please contact Lynette Schick at by May 1, and we’ll connect you with a hub.

    Deadline to notify us of your interest in hub support: May 1, 2020
    Deadline to apply: May 29, 2020

    Looking for mental health and wellness resources during the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit the MHCC’s COVID-19 Resource Hub

    April 2, 2020 Bulletin from CIHR

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    April 2, 2020

    Cancelling the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition

    A message from CIHR President Dr. Michael Strong

    Dear colleagues,

    I am writing to you today to announce that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CIHR has cancelled the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition.

    CIHR made the decision to cancel the spring competition following consultations with Governing Council, Science Council, partners at the U-15, Universities Canada, HealthCareCAN, and the University Delegates Network, among others. While the decision to cancel the competition was a difficult one, our priority right now is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our staff and the research community.

  • Read the full message from Dr. Michael Strong
  • Consult the FAQs
  • More Information for the research community

    CIHR is funding three additional COVID-19 projects

    Thanks to partner contributions from Research Manitoba, Research Nova Scotia, and Alberta Innovates, CIHR is able to fund three additional COVID-19 projects for a total of 99 funded grants and an investment of $54.2M.

    We have updated the results page accordingly. The three new projects have also been added to the backgrounder related to the news release published on March 19.

    Impact of COVID-19 on scholarship and fellowship competitions

    Please note the latest updates to scholarship and fellowship competitions:

    Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
    The launch of the 2020 competition is postponed until June 1, 2020.

    Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program
    Opening of portal for students to access their results postponed from April 1 to April 15, 2020.

    Visit the relevant program webpages for the latest updates. CIHR’s COVID-19 webpage includes the latest information for the research community.
    Read more

    Impact of COVID-19 on Animal Care

    The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) now posts regular updates on their website concerning the impact of COVID-19 on animal care programs. Animal care is an essential service and safeguards must be in place to minimize any negative impacts on animal health and welfare.

    Read more

    Awareness resources from the Government of Canada

    The Government of Canada is creating factsheets and other resources to raise public awareness about steps we can all take to reduce the spread of illness and to take care of ourselves and loved ones during this difficult time. Please feel free to share these resources with your networks, including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Pregnancy, childbirth and caring for newborns: advice for mothers (COVID-19)
  • How to care for a child with COVID-19 at home: Advice for caregivers

  • Help us share the results of your CIHR-funded research!

    NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants

    NSERC supports over 11,000 world-class researchers across Canada, and we fund their research collaborations with over 4,000 companies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC is leveraging the expertise of researchers in natural science and engineering and their partners across Canada to address this unprecedented crisis.

    NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.

    NSERC will process these applications in an accelerated fashion. Partners do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, but must be engaged throughout the research process, from input in design to using the expertise and/or the research results. 

    Please visit the NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants webpage for more information

    Interim Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Services Via Electronic Media

    The following interim guidelines were developed by the CPA Committee on Ethics. They were approved in principle by the CPA Board in June 2006, and distributed for consultation in draft form. The interim guidelines were provided in March of 2020.

    CPA Members Leading an International Study on Awareness, Attitudes, and Behaviors related to COVID-19

    We hope you are healthy and coping as well as possible with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has rapidly spread around the globe, and health authorities have been struggling to slow the spread of infection to protect people and healthcare resources.

    The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre ( – which is affiliated with the University of Quebec at Montreal and Concordia University in Canada, has assembled an international team of over 100 researchers more than 20 countries around the world to assess public perceptions and responses to the various measures put in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    To do this, please complete a short 20-minute online survey about COVID-19. Your participation will contribute to better understanding the global and collective response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which may be used to improve current and future preventive strategies. Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be completely anonymous.

    To complete the survey, please click on the following link, which will take you to the survey’s main website. The survey is available in a number of different languages:

    In the future, you may receive another invitation to complete this survey, as it will be sent out every month until health authorities and governments remove the preventive measures (e.g., social distancing).

    Please share this message with as many of your personal and professional contacts and networks as possible. The more people that complete the survey, the more we learn about how to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

    If you have any questions about the study, please contact the team through the project email:

    Press Release: Psychologists Across Canada Come Together to Provide Mental Health Assistance to Front-line Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Ottawa, ON (March 25, 2020) More than 100 psychologists from every province and two territories in Canada have signed on to an initiative of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to provide psychological services, via tele-health, to health care providers working at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Psychologists have agreed to respond to requests for services within 24 hours and at no charge.

    This unprecedented public health emergency is having a significant impact on the mental health of Canadians, none more so than those who are working on the front lines of health care. Canadians with COVID-19 depend on the expertise of health care providers. The health and well-being of those providers are critical to them being able to deliver this expertise. This is why the CPA called on registered psychology practitioners to consider donating some of their time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this health crisis. Dozens have answered the call.

    Psychological help is available from psychologists in good standing, registered in the province or territory from which they provide service and to where the service is received. Front line health care workers can receive these services and are invited to visit the CPA’s website:

    There, they will find a list of the practitioners in their province or territory who are available to deliver one-on-one telepsychological services. Psychologists will connect with everyone who reaches out within 24 hours to set up these sessions.

    We have all heard that one of the critical factors in responding to COVID-19 is to flatten the curve of transmission so fewer people get sick, fewer people get sick quickly, our health care systems don’t get overwhelmed and health providers don’t get sick themselves.

    Says CPA President, Dr. Ian Nicholson, ““There is a tremendous burden on our health care providers to care for those who become sick, particularly those who become very sick. They face a high volume of patients, some of whom they fear they may not be able to successfully help because of the limits on our supplies –  human resources, personal protective and other medical equipment.”

    CPA CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen adds that “This burden takes its toll on the mental health of health care providers, and Canadian psychologists stand ready to help them, as they help the people of Canada manage the  COVID-19 epidemic.”

    Click here for the PDF

    Notice of the 2020 Annual General Meeting

    The eighty-first Annual General Meeting of the members of the Canadian Psychological Association will be held virtually on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:00 am (EST), for the purposes of:

    1. receiving and considering the annual report of the President and Committees of the Association, and approving the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting;
    2. receiving and considering the financial statements, the report of the Auditor and any change in Membership and Affiliation Fees;
    3. appointing of an Auditor;
    4. election of the Board of Directors

    BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, on the thirtieth day of March 2020

    Karen R. Cohen, Ph.D., C. Psych.
    Chief Executive Officer
    Canadian Psychological Association

    CPA’s 2020 Annual National Convention Cancelled due to COVID-19

    The CPA has been continuously monitoring the evolving issues related to the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad, inclusive of federal and provincial government decisions taken in the service of community safety.  Experts and all levels of government have warned or advised us about the greater transmission risks posed by large gatherings of people.

    While we do not know for how long COVID-19 will remain a public health emergency in Canada, we do know that at this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that event organizers cancel or postpone in-person gatherings of more than 50 attendees, where proper physical distancing measures would be difficult to implement and maintain, in Canada for the next eight weeks in order to delay and reduce community transmission.  Accordingly, the CPA has taken the decision to cancel our in-person 81st CPA Annual National Convention in Montreal, QC, scheduled for May 28-30, 2020, inclusive of all pre-convention workshops scheduled for May 27th.  We made this decision based on the guidance and directives of experts and governments, and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our members and affiliates, attendees, staff, public and the various teams that support the annual convention.

    The CPA will refund full registration costs, with no administrative processing fees, to anyone who has registered for CPA2020.

    We are grateful for the hundreds of hours of preparation already invested by our presenters, attendees, and volunteers. We are also appreciative of the CPA staff, who have worked tirelessly to prepare for the convention, and, more recently, to prepare for its cancellation under emergency conditions.

    In accordance with our by-laws, the CPA will convene its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually; more details will follow shortly.  In addition to the AGM, CPA Convention Staff are working as quickly as possible to consider virtual options where we might convene select CPA convention sessions, Section Business Meetings, and the Section Chairs Annual Meeting.

    We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we remain responsive to the changing nature of this situation, while continuing to serve our members and affiliates, and the broader community of psychological scientists, practitioners and/or educators.

    We recognize and appreciate that you are likely experiencing upheaval and disruption in your daily life, both personally and professionally. We wish you strength and patience as you cope with this crisis and hope you will join us for our virtual AGM.  We hope too, to see you in June 2021 in Ottawa for CPA2021.

    If you have any questions or want further information, please contact the CPA at

    Take good care and be well.

    Ian R. Nicholson, Ph.D., C. Psych.
    CPA President (2019-2020)
    On behalf of the CPA’s Board of Directors and Convention Committee

    Daily “Virtual Lunch” for Mental Health Care Professionals and Clients

    “Our approved sponsor Leading Edge Seminars will be doing a “virtual lunch” daily at noon for their community of mental health professionals and clients. This will begin with Lawrence Murphy (online counseling), Janina Fisher (psychotherapist, consultant), and Margaret Wehrenberg (author of books on the treatment of anxiety and depression).

    To register for any of these free Virtual Lunches, follow this link.

    COVID-19: Virtual Health Care Services
    Ensuring Continuity of Care

    BMS has provided a paper on ensuring the continuity of care via virtual health care service during the CORONA-19 outbreak.

    “In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), health professionals are exercising all efforts possible to ensure that there is no disruption in service or breakdown in patient care. The Ministry of Health in Ontario has released health-sector specific guidelines to assist health facilities minimize the risk of infection within their respective practices.

    Current public health directives advise against direct patient care in non-urgent situations. In these circumstances, health professionals may consider the delivery of health care via tele-practice.” …

    Read the full position paper here: Resource_2020 (PSY).pdf

    COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Position Statement

    BMS has provided a position statement document as it relates to COVID-19 and insurance coverage within the CPA/CPAP program member policies.

    “We continue to work collaboratively with our various stakeholders and partners including your Association to keep you informed during this evolving and unprecedented time.
    This letter addresses specific aspects of policies purchased by CPA/CPAP members, including Business Interruption, Commercial General Liability and Professional Liability.” …

    Read the full paper here: Statement_CPA CPAP March 19 2020.pdf

    Note to Sponsors and Providers of Continuing Education Credits

    As part of the CPA’s response to the COVID-19 situation, we are proposing  alternatives to in-person workshop delivery. We urge Sponsors and Providers of programs approved for CE credit to consider live virtual meetings or webinars. Another possibility is a recorded workshop, in which case a few additional steps must be taken. For details go to the Continuing Education Approval Programme

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) news release: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued the following news release:


    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

    The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

    Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  The emotional impact of an emergency on a person can depend on the person’s characteristics and experiences, the social and economic circumstances of the person and their community, and the availability of local resources. People can become more distressed if they see repeated images or hear repeated reports about the outbreak in the media.

    People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

    • People who have preexisting mental health conditions including problems with substance use
    • Children
    • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders

    Additional information and resources on mental health care can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
    • People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.

    Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

    • Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
    • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
    • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
    • Worsening of chronic health problems
    • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

    People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

    Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.

    Call your healthcare provider if stress reactions interfere with your daily activities for several days in a row.

    Things you can do to support yourself:

    • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
    • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
    • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
    • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
    • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

    Share the facts about COVID-19 and the actual risk to others. People who have returned from areas of ongoing spread more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not put others at risk.

    What are quarantine and social distancing?

    • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
    • Social distancing means remaining out of places where people meet or gather, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, rideshare), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

    Sharing accurate information can help calm fears in others and allow you to connect with them.

    Learn more about taking care of your emotional health.

    For parents:

    Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

    Not all children respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for in children: 

    • Excessive crying and irritation
    • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (e.g., toileting accidents or bedwetting)
    • Excessive worry or sadness
    • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
    • Irritability and “acting out” behaviors
    • Poor school performance or avoiding school
    • Difficulty with attention and concentration
    • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
    • Unexplained headaches or body pain
    • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

    There are many things you can do to support your child: 

    • Take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
    • Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know if is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
    • Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage of the event. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
    • Help your child to have a sense of structure. Once it is safe to return to school or child care, help them return to their regular activity.
    • Be a role model; take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members and rely on your social support system.

    Learn more about helping children cope.

    For responders:

    Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:

    • Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
    • Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
    • Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the outbreak.
    • Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
    • Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
    • Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.

    For people who have been released from quarantine:

    Being separated from others if a health care provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be stressful, even if you do not get sick. Some typical reactions after being released from COVID-19 quarantine can include:

    • Mixed emotions, including relief after quarantine
    • Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
    • Stress from the experience of monitoring yourself, or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • Sadness, anger, or frustration because friends or loved ones have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious
    • Guilt about not being able to perform normal work or parenting duties during quarantine
    • Other emotional or mental health changes

    Children may also feel upset or have other strong emotions if they, or someone they know, has been released from quarantine. You can help your child cope.

    Learn more tips for taking care of yourself during emergency response.

    Ken Pope

    2020 CPA Annual Convention Update

    The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on travel, tourism, meeting and events industries. At present, the CPA continues to plan for its upcoming 81st annual national convention scheduled for May 28-30, 2020 in Montreal.

    However, we will always treat the health and safety of CPA convention delegates as our number one priority and will respect the advice of government agencies and health authorities as concerns public safety when it comes to meetings and travel. 

    We are monitoring the situation closely and plan to take a decision about whether or not to proceed with the convention by the middle of April.  If we make the difficult decision to cancel the convention, we will send out a communication to members and accepted delegates.  In that circumstance, the CPA will refund the registration fee for all individuals who had already registered.   While we will not be able to reimburse individuals for any hotel or travel cancellation fees they may incur, we will work with the hotel to mitigate these as much as possible.

    If your institution has implemented a travel restriction, please let us know at

    PFC-CPA Awards – Deadline Approaching

    The deadline for the PFC-CPA awards is fast approaching. Get your submissions in before March 31st

     The Dr. Bea Wicket Award recognizes a program that will be offered within elementary or secondary school settings.
    The Dr. Harvey and Grace Booker Education Fund provides students with opportunities for travel grants to attend provincial or national psychology conferences and workshops.
    The Jean Pettifor and Dick Pettifor Scholarship Fund supports graduate student research projects in the area of professional ethics. Konrad Czechowski was the recipient of the Jean Pettifor and Dick Pettifor award in 2019 for his work to include transgender and non-binary people in scientific studies. Read more about Konrad and his work.

    March 6, 2020 Bulletin from CIHR

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    March 6, 2020


    To further contribute to global efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of nearly $27 million to fund coronavirus research.

    Read more
    Backgrounder: Read about the funded projects

    Note: CIHR will be posting detailed information on the COVID-19 competition decisions next week.


    Thanks to the incredible response from the community, in less than a month, we were able to work with our international colleagues to assess the situation in China and around the world, develop a research response focused on the urgent areas of need, launch the funding opportunity, adjudicate the applications, and award funding to the successful applicants.
    Read more


    The three federal granting agencies can confirm that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable considering the impacts of CoVid-19. This applies to the travel of both principal investigators and research personnel.
    Read more


    The Government of Canada is updating its online information about coronavirus every day, including the latest on the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare, travel advice, and what Canada is doing to respond to the outbreak.
    Read more

    A future for the world’s children? A WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission

    A future for the world’s children? A WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission

    Helen Clark, Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Anshu Banerjee, Stefan Peterson, Sarah L Dalglish, Shanthi Ameratunga, Dina Balabanova, Maharaj Kishan Bhan, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, John Borrazzo, Mariam Claeson, Tanya Doherty, Fadi El-Jardali, Asha S George, Angela Gichaga, Lu Gram et al.

    The Lancet / Elsevier / 22–28 February 2020

    Request for Proposals: Cannabis and Mental Health

    The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is seeking applications from priority populations who are interested in conducting community-based research on the relationship between cannabis and mental health. 

    Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 23, 2020.

    Webinar – March 4, 2020

    Information session: Community Based Research – Request for Proposals. Register here.

    Ken Pope: New Breast Cancer Resources

    Many of you have clients or loved ones who have breast cancer—some have experienced breast cancer directly.  

    The American Cancer Society states that currently about 13% of U.S. women will develop breast cancer sometime in their life—about a 1 in 8 chance. The organization estimates that in 2020 about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S., and that about 48,530 new cases of carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive form of cancer, will be diagnosed.

    Today I updated web page with over 100 resources for breast cancer patients, their loved ones, and therapists who work with them.

    There are 4 sections:

    1. 21 books for learning about breast cancer, exploring treatment options, & coping effectively;
    2. citations of 51 recent (i.e., published in 2020) articles reporting research on the various treatment options;
    3. citations of 28  recent (i.e., published from October, 2019 – 2020) articles on psychological aspects of breast cancer (e.g., cognitive changes, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic growth, stress management, quality of life, PTSD, psychosocial & clinical interventions); and
    4. links to 21 web sites that may be useful in finding information, guidance, & support (American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer—Canadian Cancer Society: Treatment for Breast Cancer—Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Breast Cancer Treatment—Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer Treatment—Duke University: Breast Cancer—Johns Hopkins Medicine: Breast Cancer Treatments & Services—Mayo Clinic: Breast Cancer—M. D. Anderson Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer—Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Breast Cancer—National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer—National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer Treatment Options—National Cancer Institute: Clinical Trials—North York General Hospital’s Breast Cancer Care Program in Toronto—Princess Margaret Cancer Center: Breast Center—Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven: Breast Cancer Program—Stanford University Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer—Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation—UCLA Breast Cancer Center—University of California, Davis: Breast Cancer—University of Chicago Medical Center: Breast Cancer—University of Virginia Health System: Breast Cancer).

    The breast cancer resources web page is at: Ken Pope: Breast Cancer Resources

    Ken Pope

    Pope: APA’s Continuing Human Rights & Ethics Crisis—Accepting Responsibility, Understanding Causes, Implementing Solutions

    Pope & Vasquez: Ethics in Psychotherapy & Counseling: A Practical Guide (5th Edition)

    Pope: Canadian Psychological Association Member of the Year Award Address: “The Code Not Taken: The Path From Guild Ethics to Torture and Our Continuing Choices”

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