Given the impact of COVID-19, the CPA and the provincial-territorial psychological associations have written the large insurers in Canada (i.e., Aviva, Canada Life, Greenshields, Manulife, Medavie/Blue Cross, and Sun Life) to remove barriers to psychological care across sponsored plans and evolve in their coverage (see letter).
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 COVID19MH-COVID19SM@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.
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 – https://www.tsn.ca/radio/ottawa-1200/the-drive-hour-2-1.1466641
- CCSA Article on Drinking and COVID – Canadians Under 54 Drinking More While at Home Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
- Related Infographic: Outlines potential risks from alcohol and cannabis use during the COVID-19 pandemic
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 – 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.
Nominations are required for the positions of:
- Director Representing Education
- Director Representing Practice
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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; https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/amp/) 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”(https://www.editorialmanager.com/amp/). 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 (AP.COVID@gmail.com).
Amanda Clinton, PhD
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
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
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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 (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca) – 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: www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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:
- receiving and considering the annual report of the President and Committees of the Association, and approving the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting;
- receiving and considering the financial statements, the report of the Auditor and any change in Membership and Affiliation Fees;
- appointing of an Auditor;
- 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
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 email@example.com.
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
Sun Life has advised that, as of March 23, 2020, they will cover virtual care services delivered by psychologists. For further information go to https://www.sunlife.ca/slf/Focus+Updates/covid19/Virtual+care?&vgnLocale=en_CA
“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).
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: https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Insurance/COVID-19_Telehealth Resource_2020 (PSY).pdf
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: https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Insurance/COVID-19_Position Statement_CPA CPAP March 19 2020.pdf
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 https://cpa.ca/professionaldevelopment/approval/.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued the following news release:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for the PFC-CPA awards is fast approaching. Get your submissions in before March 31st https://psychologyfoundation.org/Content/Supporters/Grants.aspx.
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.
In the growing field of Aviation Psychology, PhD psychologists are increasingly being hired to help keep air travel safe. One of them is Dr. Marais Bester, a Manager of Assessments and Psychology at Qatar Airways.
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
A Senior Program Evaluation Officer with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Dr. Natalie Jones says her colleagues and fellow researchers are the highlight of her job.
Dr. Jen Welter is many things – the first woman to coach in the NFL, and the first to play running back in professional football. An author, speaker, TV producer and fashion designer. And also a PhD psychologist.
Last year, Eva Best earned a CPA award for her thesis on the ‘positivity effect’. This year, she scored a terrific research job at Gameloft, one of the biggest mobile gaming companies in Canada.
Dr. Lauren Florko is the founder of Triple Threat Consulting, providing managerial consulting for corporate social responsibility, change management, and organizational development.
Heather has a long career in public service, working in three different federal departments. She recently moved into Substance-Related Harms, to help tackle the opioid crisis.
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. https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/2020-02/CBR_RFP_poster_eng.pdf
Webinar – March 4, 2020
Information session: Community Based Research – Request for Proposals. Register here.
Dr. Gregory Craig is part of a team of “human factors researchers” at the National Research Council. His work might one day lead to a new frontier in aviation – pilotless airplanes.
Dr. Alexandra Thompson is a Program Leader with the NRC working on ‘High Performance Buildings’. Her team aims to reduce energy emissions by identifying industry, scientific, technological & societal issues that can stall the adoption of new technologies.
Working as a Design Researcher on a suite of business intelligence software tools at IBM’s Ottawa studio, Robin Langerak says “I get to do a little bit of everything I loved about running my own research studies as a psychology graduate student!”
Dr. Suzanne Simpson founded the talent management firm Human Resource Systems Group Ltd. more than 30 years ago. Now the CEO, HRSG is a global company, hiring people and taking on clients from all over the world
Dr. Chrissy Chubala helps naval personnel make better decisions during mission planning and execution. She is a Defence Scientist in Maritime Decision Support at Defence Research & Development Canada’s Atlantic Research Centre.
Amy Bucher graduated with a PhD from a psychology program that no longer exists, and that made her skill set unique in the post-grad world. She puts those skills to use at Mad*Pow, a design agency that improves peoples’ experiences with technology, services, organizations and each other.
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:
- 21 books for learning about breast cancer, exploring treatment options, & coping effectively;
- citations of 51 recent (i.e., published in 2020) articles reporting research on the various treatment options;
- 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
- 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
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
—Jane Addams (1860-1935), founder of U.S. social work profession, women’s suffrage leader, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
A writer, blogger, public speaker, and volunteer board member at the Psychology Foundation of Canada, Liane Davey has made her mark on corporate culture with her consultancy group 3COze.
A defence scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada, Angela Febbraro works to create messaging that counters the recruitment propaganda put out by extremist groups like ISIS.
Amanda owns her own consulting business, the ParriagGroup, and spends much of her spare time working in her Ottawa community to end violence against women.
Anne-Marie coordinates virtual field trips, among many other things, for students in remote northern indigenous communities with a program called Connected North.
President of the Connor Claire Group, a consulting firm that works with both the government and non-profit sectors, Susan is a specialist in doing more with less.
A staff scientist for VPiXX Technologies, Sophie helps bring eye-capture technologies, among other devices, to scientists and labs around the country.
Troy has worked in Child and Youth Mental Health for years, since graduating with an M.Ed. in Education Counselling Psychology. He is the Director of Operations for the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) in Williams Lake, B.C.
Sandra works for the provincial government in Saskatchewan. She is the Manager of Planning, Evaluation and Improvement in the aptly-titled Office of Corporate Planning Evaluation and Improvement.