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Kathy Hegadoren, RN, PhD

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Stress-related Disorders in Women


About Me


  • Nursing Diploma, Royal Alexandra Hospital (1971)
  • BScN, University of Alberta (1987)
  • MSc in Psychiatry (Neurochemistry), Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta (1990)
  • PhD in Medical Sciences (Psychiatry), University of Alberta (1995)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta (1996)

Clinical and teaching areas

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist - psychiatry
  • Advanced Practice in Mental Health
  • Neurobiology and neuropsychopharmacology
  • Gender issues in mental health/psychiatry
  • Stress and Women's Health
  • Drug metabolism
  • Pharmacotherapeutics


  • Women and stress disorders
  • Gender differences in psychiatric treatment response
  • Role of stress and stress hormones in etiology of mood and anxiety disorders
  • Childhood interpersonal trauma and adaptation
  • Posttraumatic stress syndromes
  • Impact of violence experiences on women’s health
  • Perinatal mental health