Supporting healthy behaviour change in chronic disease management


Our speaker, Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and cross appointments in the Departments of Surgery and Psychology at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She works as a Clinical Health Psychologist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the Multi Organ Transplant Program. She is the Director for the Centre for Behaviour Change Research, which conducts research and training in chronic disease management. She is an internationally recognized trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has an active research program on behavior change, obesity, chronic disease, professional resiliency and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Lee-Baggley has close to 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 115 scholarly presentations. In the last 5 years she has presented over 50 workshops and presentations to more than 3,000 healthcare providers, researchers, and members of the general public. She was the recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Award for her contributions to Health, Sport and Wellness (Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis). She is the author of “Healthy Habits Suck: How to get off the couch & live a healthy life…even if you don’t want to."


In this lecture we will discuss the urgent need for healthcare providers to promote sustained health behaviour change in order to improve chronic disease management. Research shows that behaviour change improves health outcomes and that healthcare providers can make a meaningful impact on patients’ health behaviours. However, most health care providers have little training, and therefore low confidence in, behaviour change skills. This lecture will provide you with concrete, applicable skills based on the latest research that healthcare providers can use to support health behaviour change and chronic disease management.



Friday, June 14, 2019

4:00 pm to 5:20 pm
Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research (KATZ)
University of Alberta Edmonton,
Alberta T6G 2E1 
Cost: Free