The CPA’s Working Group on Decriminalization recently published the position paper ‘The Decriminalization of Illegal Substances in Canada’. Dr. Andrew Kim, co-chair of the Working Group, joins Mind Full to discuss how the way we think about drug use informs the way we approach drug use – which should be from a health perspective, not a criminal one.
A month ago, we spoke to Dr. Alex DiGiacomo while she was at the halfway point of her cross-Canada cycling trip. She was raising money and awareness for kids’ mental health in this country, and the major gaps youth have in accessing that care. She has now completed the entire journey, so we invited her back to talk about the big picture, the fundraising effort, the pool noodle, and the incredible community she met and created along the way!
Researchers from UBC teamed up with Foundations for Social Change to conduct a study where they gave a one-time cash transfer of $7,500 to people experiencing homelessness. The results of the study are a first step toward transforming the way we see, and approach, homelessness. We spoke with study lead author Dr. Jiaying Zhao and Foundations for Social Change CEO Amber Dyce about the study itself and the possibilities for ending homelessness.
For many Black Canadians, their first contact with the mental health system is through the criminal justice system. Both systems that have historically marginalized and victimized minority communities, and in many ways are still doing so. Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) is one of the organizations trying to change this paradigm. Shanique Victoria, Research Project Lead at BMHC, joins Mind Full to tell us more.
How do psychologists look at parenting and parenting styles? And is there one style that tends to work better than others? We invited Dr. Christina Rinaldi to Mind Full to help answer some of the burning questions parents might have.
The CPA has a new CEO! Meet Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker on the latest episode of our podcast Mind Full.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) affects up to one in 15 people, but it is not a well-known diagnosis. Many symptoms (difficulty tying shoes or holding a pencil, clumsiness) can be misunderstood. DCD expert Dr. Paulene Kamps tells us more.
We’ve spoken a fair amount on Mind Full the last few months about many aspects of gender diversity. Unfortunately, the misinformation and hatred directed at transgender and gender diverse people in both the public and political spheres continues to escalate.
Today, we wanted to speak with someone directly affected by this vitriol. Sara Weiss was targeted for her participation in the US Open pickleball tournament, and joins Eric to discuss the facts, the fiction, and the impact this has had on her directly.
Embodiment is a recognition of the way your mind and body are connected – paying attention to the signals your body sends you can help a great deal. Dr. Julie Beaulac, Casey Berglund, and Courtney Amo have written a book on the subject, specifically for leaders and bringing embodiment to a leadership role. Dr. Beaulac and Casey sit down with Mind Full to tell us about it.
As Dr. Karen Cohen prepares to retire as CPA CEO, we reflect on her remarkable career – the highs, the lows, the many accomplishments and the ongoing work that remains.
It’s Be A Donor month in April, and we wanted to explore the factors that either encourage or discourage people from becoming organ donors. The vast majority of Canadians say they are in favour of organ donation, yet most are not organ donors. Why is this? And why doesn’t an ‘opt-out’ option solve the problem? We spoke with Dr. Jake Crawshaw about this and more.
Dr. Ravin Alaei joins Mind Full to explain ‘attachment style’ in relationships, and to tell us about his study linking attachment style to musical taste. Yes, it’s just another excuse for Eric to talk to someone about music.
Ontario Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence is looking to create a more integrated, higher quality, and more accessible mental health and addictions system in Ontario. To that end, they have recruited five Provincial Clinical Leads to champion different areas of focus. Two of those Clinical Leads, Dr. Caitlin Davey and Dr. Randi McCabe join Mind Full to talk about this program and how to improve provincial delivery of mental health supports.
Dr. Helen Ofosu returns to the Mind Full podcast on the occasion of the publication of her new book, How To Be Resilient In Your Career: Facing Up To Barriers At Work. An Industrial/Organizational psychologist, Dr. Ofosu helps employees navigate difficult career choices, and discusses some of the themes of her new book with us.
Dr. Maya Yampolsky’s research introduces the concept of ‘intimate racism’ – that being racism that comes from those closest to us, particularly in intercultural relationships. Dr. Yampolsky has shown that this kind of racism is far more prevalent than we might otherwise think, and shares some personal examples that illustrate the issue in vivid context.
We invited Dr. Lindsay McCunn on to the Mind Full podcast to talk about a chapter she co-wrote with CPA CEO Dr. Karen Cohen in the recent book ‘Climate Action and Global Psychology’, and psychology’s role in protecting our world. We ended up talking about what environmental psychologists do (it’s not all about climate change!) and, eventually, got to the book chapter.
For years, it has been conventional wisdom that depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Conventional wisdom in the general public – but not among psychiatrists who have long known this is not necessarily the case. We speak to Dr. Joel Paris about the persistence of this myth, and the value of increasing funding for therapy in addition to – and on occasion in place of – medication.
Dr. Lori Brotto is the author of the 2018 book ‘Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire’. This year she published a companion piece, a workbook that provides strategies that women (and men!) can use. Kathryn and Eric speak with Dr. Brotto about the new workbook, sex in relationships, and how the stigma around sex research has changed over the past few decades.
Dr. Anastasia Jane Gibson is a transgender psychologist and musician in Brandon, Manitoba. We discuss the fear-mongering that is endangering the gender diverse community in the leadup to Transgender Day of Visibility March 31st. We also talk music and performing in semi-rural Manitoba.
This is a discussion we had earlier this year with Dr. Andrew Kim and Dr. Nassim Tabri about the psychology of addiction. It was part of our Psychology Month campaign, highlighting the work of the CPA’s Addiction Psychology section.
A huge international study of heterosexual male-female couples looked at whether one partner or the other had a better sense of where their relationship was headed. There was no difference between men and women when it came to measuring relationship satisfaction, busting the myth of the well-worn cliché ‘happy wife happy life’. Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk joins us to talk about the study and the article she wrote about it in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/happy-wife-happy-life-a-harmonious-relationship-is-the-responsibility-of-both-partners-191288
Vulvodynia expert Dr. Caroline Pukall rejoins the CPA podcast Mind Full for a special episode on Provoked Vestibulodynia and a major study happening in Sweden.
Dr. Steve Joordens gave his first-year psychology class a group project – bust some myths around homelessness by collaborating with a local organization. Zaynab Azeem was inspired to work with Blankets for TO, and has turned that inspiration into a podcast of her own!
Dr. Meghan McMurtry joins Mind Full to talk about needle fears, needle pain, and coping strategies for all of us who experience one or the other. This includes advice about vaccinating infants and very young children.
Dr. Jesse Bosse is a gender-queer psychologist in Ottawa who works primarily with trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse people. Aida is a young trans person who is currently undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy. We spoke to them both about the issues confronting gender diverse people, human rights issues, and the effects of the pandemic on this population.”
Vulvodynia is a condition that affects between 8-28% of all women – but it’s still a relatively unknown term. Dr. Caroline Pukall, one of Canada’s leading experts in vulvodynia, joins Mind Full to explain it to Eric and Kathryn.
Dr. Krishana Sankar returns to Mind Full to talk about the science and data around vaccines and COVID-19. Dr. Sankar and the other experts at Science Up First are continuing to combat online disinformation, which is ever-changing and doesn’t show signs of slowing down.
Dr. Tyler Black is a psychiatrist who specializes in suicidology. When, early in the pandemic, wild claims were being made about the spike in suicide we were sure to see as a result of lockdowns, he pushed back with his expertise in the field (spoiler alert – he was right, and suicide actually decreased). He became one of the experts at Science Up First, combatting disinformation online.
Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood and University of Manitoba psychology student (and Olympic swimming medallist) Chantal Van Landeghem discuss the mental health of elite athletes in the wake of Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from Wimbledon.
Students at the University of Calgary created podcasts for their final project in Jim Cresswell’s History of Psychology course. Listen here to learn more about Cognitive Dissonance Theory with one group, and the Bystander Effect with another.”
Psychology Month has focused on dozens of aspects of the pandemic, a global catastrophe that is deeply tragic. To close out Psychology Month 2021, we focus on a few positives that have come about as a result of COVID-19.
Introducing The Coping Toolbox: A Child Psych Podcast. Dr. Jenn Vriend, Dr. Laila Din Osmun, and Dr. Mary Simmering McDonald are three child psychologists from Ottawa.
Some of the psychologists doing interesting things during the pandemic
Meet some of the psychologists who have been profiled in this Psychology Month. We speak with Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Dr. Christine Chambers, Courtney Gosselin and Dr. Mélanie Joanisse about their work during the pandemic.
Dr. Maya Yampolsky spoke to us about the intersection of the pandemic and both structural and overt racism. It was too much to put into just one profile, so we are sharing the whole conversation on Mind Full.
Dr. Steven Taylor of UBC was the first person to identify a need for a comprehensive look at the psychology surrounding pandemics. His book, “The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease” was published presciently in October of 2019, a month before the first COVID-19 case appeared in Wuhan.
October 8 is the Carleton University Department of Psychology’s Psychology Mental Health Day. The keynote speaker this year is former CPA President Dr. Keith Dobson. We spoke with Dr. Dobson on the CPA Podcast, so his upcoming appearance (and his upcoming conference call with the World Health Organization) wouldn’t seem so daunting by comparison.
Dr. Monnica Williams, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Ottawa, joins us to talk about the effects of racial trauma, the path of racial justice, and why we need to stop sharing the George Floyd video.
Dr. Anusha Kassan is an Associate Professor at UBC. She helped launch an innovative program to increase diversity in the counselling psychology program when she was at the University of Calgary, and is carrying it over to her new location. We discuss the lack of diversity in mental health professionals, and what psychologists can do to be prepared to help people dealing with racial trauma.
Dr. Judi Malone, CEO of the Psychologists Association of Alberta, and Dr. Ray Bollman, Rural and Small Town specialist with Statistics Canada, join us to talk about rural and northern communities in the time of COVID-19.
Dr. Helen Ofosu is a Work and Business Psychologist who runs I/O Advisory Services, a HR Consulting, Career and Executive Coaching firm. She has spent a lot of time solving problems in the workplace and joins us to discuss the dual crises of COVID-19 and anti-Black racism. The blog articles referred to can be found on https://ioadvisory.com/
Dr. Heather Prime and two colleagues collaborated on a paper called “Risk and Resilience in Family Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. They turned to previous crises (natural disasters, economic crashes, etc) to better understand where families are at and may be headed during COVID-19. You can find their paper here: psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2020-34995-001.html
E.L. Adams II is a psychologist based in Kingston who has started a podcast to connect music with mental health. To listen to his podcast Mental Health, Mood, and Music, click here: https://vimeo.com/elapsychology
Dr. Wendy Wood is a clinical psychologist in Montreal, the epicentre of Canada’s COVID-19 crisis. She is launching the #NotAlone campaign to get free mental health assistance to as many Canadians as possible.
How has the change in our work environment due to COVID-19 affected us? And when we eventually all go back to work, what will that environment look like? Dr. Lindsay McCunn, chair of the CPA’s Environmental Psychology section, elaborates.
Dr. Amy Tan is an MD in Calgary, and recently became the CPA’s 5,000th Twitter follower. We spoke to her about this tremendous achievement (and also about Advanced Care Planning and being an MD during COVID).
Dr. Khush Amaria and her colleagues at Mind Beacon have launched a free online mental health resource for the time of the COVID pandemic. Stronger Minds has many videos and interactive features designed to support mental health and assist those who need help.
Quick chat with Dr. Brent MacDonald of MacDonald Psychology Group in Calgary. Dr. MacDonald discusses coping strategies we can all use during the pandemic, and remaining hopeful about the good things that can eventually arise as a result.
Quick chat with Dr. Kimberly Sogge of Ottawa River Psychology Group. Is the current response to the COVID pandemic an opportunity for us to take on climate change next?