The Can-Change Team

The core original members of the CAN-Change Network are drawn from health psychology and behavioral medicine experts from across Canada. They have over 25 years of experience in developing and delivering evidence-based health behavior change counselling (e.g., motivational communication) training programs for a wide range of healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, educators) across multiple disease areas (e.g., cardiovascular disease, hypertension, asthma, COPD, diabetes, arthritis, psoriasis, Hepatitis C, infectious disease, alcohol and drug abuse).

They have pulled together this expertise to form CAN-Change to improve the standardization, quality and availability of health behavior change counselling training programs and interventions across Canada and internationally.



Dr. Kim Lavoie (Chair)

Founding Member Dr. Kim Lavoie is Full Professor in the Dept. of Psychology, at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and Co-Director of the Montreal Behavioral Medicine Centre (MBMC). She is also a Researcher at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal and an Associate Researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute. Finally, she holds a number of national and international leadership positions including Chair of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Co-Lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN), and Chair of the Canadian Network for Health Behaviour Change and Promotion (CAN-Change)

Dr. Lavoie is internationally recognized for her research on chronic disease prevention and the impact of behavioral interventions, such as motivational communication, on health behaviors and chronic disease outcomes. Specifically, here research interests fall into 3 broad categories: the impact of psychological stress (e.g., depression, anxiety) and lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, smoking, adherence) on the development and progression of chronic illnesses (e.g., cardiovascular disease, asthma, and occupational asthma); psychophysiological and behavioral mechanisms linking psychological stress to disease; and behavioural medicine (e.g., behavioral interventions for chronic illnesses, including motivational communication and cognitive-behavioral interventions).

Dr. Lavoie is highly sought out to design and deliver health behaviour change interventions, with a focus on motivational communication, by industry and non-profit associations (e.g., Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Dermatology Association, Canadian Lung Association). To date, over 10,000 health professionals worldwide have attended her workshops. 514 338-2222 (3709)

Dr. Simon Bacon

Founding Member Dr. Simon Bacon, full professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology at Concordia University, and co-Director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre, has had extensive training in the delivery of behavioural randomised controlled trials and has been a PI and co-I on 12 different studies involving behavioural interventions, including exercise, weight management, stress management, and motivational interviewing. In addition, he has several years in generating national recommendations through his work with the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP: he has been a member of the last 5 recommendation panels), where he is currently the chair of the lifestyles sub-committee. Finally, Dr. Bacon has organised several knowledge translation events, including Café Scientifiques, where he has brought a number of different stakeholders together to discuss key topics and issues, for example, trying to create a common dialogue between researchers and the media to improve health innovation reporting.

Dr. Kim Corace

Founding Member Dr. Kim Corace, Ph.D., C. Psych, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry (with a cross-appointment to the Department of Medicine) and Cross-Appointed to the School of Psychology at University of Ottawa.  She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and a Clinical Investigator with the Institute of Mental Health Research and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is a Clinical Health Psychologist and the Director of Research and Program Development at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She leads an active lab, conducting research in mental health, substance use, stigma, public health, and hepatitis C. She has expertise in health behavior change, including how behaviour change theories can be used to guide and inform novel interventions to improve healthcare worker vaccination uptake and hand hygiene adherence.  She works at local, regional, provincial, and national levels to develop innovative interventions that lead to improved healthcare access and uptake for vulnerable populations, with a focus on developing collaborative hospital-community models of care.  Dr. Corace was the recipient of The Royal’s 12th Annual Inspiration Award in the Young Researcher Category. In 2013 the Ontario Ministry of Health Innovation Fund awarded the “Best Innovation in Mental Health Care Delivery” to Dr. Corace and her colleague for their Regional Opioid Intervention Service.


Dr. Michael Vallis


Founding Member Dr. Michael Vallis (Ph.D., R. Psych) is a registered health psychologist practicing at the Capital Health, Halifax, and cross-appointed to Dalhousie University as Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Health and Human Performance. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.A from the University of Western Ontario, London, and his B. Sc. From Dalhousie University. His main area of expertise is adult health psychology, with an emphasis on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology. He has developed the Behaviour Change Institute, a training program for lifestyle counselling skills for physicians, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare providers. He regularly supervises clinical and academic students at Dalhousie and is active in research on motivation, behavioural change and adaptation to chronic disease. He is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Obesity, is the Canadian Lead for the Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs 2 study (DAWN2), is the Canadian Co-Lead and on the International Steering Committee of the IBD Connect project. He was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  902-789-9545

Dr. Tavis Campbell

Founding Member Dr. Tavis Campbell is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Oncology at the University of Calgary, where he also holds the position of Director of Clinical training. He obtained his Ph.D from McGill University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University Medical Centre. His research interests involve identifying and understanding the bio-behavioral mechanisms involved in the development, progression, and management of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, cancer and insomnia.

Dr. Campbell has published results from several behavior-based RCTs in the areas of cancer, pain, and chronic disease management, including the i-can sleep trial targeting insomnia in cancer survivors. In addition, he is actively involved in the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) and is Chair of the Adherence Committee and an active member of the Knowledge Translation Committee at Hypertension Canada. Finally, Dr.Campbell is regularly sought out by a variety of healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, rheumatologists, nurses, dermatologists) to deliver workshops with a focus on motivating health behavior change and improving patient-provider communication.  403-210-8606

Dr. Gary Garber

Dr. Gary Garber is the Chief of Infection Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario (PHO) and an Infectious Diseases physician based at The Ottawa hospital. He is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto. His clinical interests focus on the prevention of infections and preventing the emergence of antibiotic resistance through promoting appropriate use of antimicrobial agents, development of antimicrobials stewardship programs and surveillance of antibiotic resistant organisms. His work includes development and evaluation of new programs to improve patient safety including hand hygiene, healthcare worker vaccination and improving physician prescribing. He works collaboratively with experts in health behaviour change to inform innovative strategies to improve patient safety. His PHO team is actively applying Implementation Science (IS) in the dissemination of novel ways to improve antimicrobial prescribing and hand hygiene adherence in healthcare settings.


Dr. Catherine Laurin


Founding Member Dr. Catherine Laurin is member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec and has been for the past 8 years. She currently works in private practice as well as at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal.

She completed her postdoctoral training in 2013 at Concordia University, specializing in health psychology. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the impact of anxiety and depression on chronic diseases like cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. She has worked in different fields of health (cardiology, gastroenterology, pneumology, and smoking cessation). She is currently participating in the development of health programs for patients and offers training for health professionals on different topics, including motivational communication. (514) 436-6041 private practice

Dr. Nicola Paine

Nicola Paine

Founding Member Dr. Nicola Paine is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University (Montreal). Dr Paine’s research specialty is in the field of Behavioural Medicine, investigating how health behaviours (e.g., depression, anxiety, stress and exercise) influence the development and prognosis of chronic diseases, such as Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease. Dr Paine is a member of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre, and the Axe Maladie Chronique at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal. Dr Paine has won numerous awards for her research, including a Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada Graduate Research Award for her work in cardiac rehabilitation.

Prior to her work in Montreal, Dr. Paine completed a postdoctoral position at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Duke University. Dr Paine has a strong background in exercise physiology, and completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). Dr Paine is currently funded by Fonds de Recherché du Quebec – Santé (FRQ-S) postdoctoral fellowship.

Dr. Codie Rouleau

Dr. Codie Rouleau is a Clinical Psychologist at TotalCardiologyTM Rehabilitation and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her research and clinical interests focus on health psychology, with an emphasis on bio-behavioural aspects of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation. Her work includes the development and evaluation of non-pharmacological interventions to support treatment adherence, address psychological distress, and treat sleep disturbances in the context of chronic disease management. Dr. Rouleau regularly delivers training to multidisciplinary healthcare providers on the use of motivational communication and is an active member of the Healthspan Advisory Board at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been the recipient of notable research awards, including Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) graduate scholarships and the Canadian Psychological Association Award of Academic Excellence.

Dr. Justin Presseau

Dr. Justin Presseau is a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (Canada) with a background in health psychology and implementation science, and an Assistant Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He is also the Scientific Lead for knowledge translation at the Ottawa Methods Centre. Dr. Presseau’s research program focuses on behaviour change related to health. His research draws upon behaviour change theories and methods and applies these to understanding and supporting behaviour change in the general public (e.g., physical activity, organ donation registration), patients (e.g., adhering to medication, attending cardiac rehabilitation, attending retinopathy screening), and in the clinical behaviours of healthcare professionals translating research evidence into practice (e.g., prescribing, test ordering, delivering interventions). His research interests focus particularly on developing and evaluating theory-based behaviour change interventions and in understanding the role of habit/automatic behaviour and competing priorities in the process of behaviour change. Dr. Presseau completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and has since been awarded early career awards from the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, the International Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the European Health Psychology Society. Dr. Presseau is an associate editor for journals Implementation Science and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.


Dr. Geneviève Szczepanik

Geneviève coordinates research projects at the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre at CIUSSS-NIM, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Université du Québec à Montréal.

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