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Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos

Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos served as President of the Canadian Psychological Association during the 2007-2008 year.  His research, which has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the AGE WELL National Centres of Excellence, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), focuses on psychological issues in pain. An area of recent focus has been pain assessment and management among seniors with a special emphasis on seniors who have severe limitations in ability to communicate because of dementia. Thomas has also conducted extensive scholarly work in the area of ethics and professional standards.

Thomas has been honored with numerous prestigious awards including the 2022 Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award, the Betty Havens Prize from Knowledge Mobilization in Aging (from CIHR), the M. Powell Lawton Award from Distinguished Contributions to Clinical Geropsychology (Clinical  Geropsychology Section, American Psychological Association), CIHR Investigator Award, the Year 2000 Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award for Excellence in Pain Research, the Canadian Association on Gerontology Distinguished Member Award, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Career Achievement Award, a Saskatchewan Health Care Excellence Award, and many others. He has also been elected Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association as well as of the American Psychological Association in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the science and profession of psychology. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences which represents one of the highest honours available to Canadian Health Scientists. Thomas is Editor-in-Chief of Ethics & Behavior and has also served as Editor of Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Psychology Section Editor of the Canadian Journal on Aging as well as on other editorial boards. He has published 250 peer reviewed papers and book chapters as well as seven books  


Clinical Qualifications 

Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos is certified as a clinical psychology specialist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is also a registered doctoral psychologist in the provinces of Saskatchewan and British Columbia and is listed in the Canadian Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology. Moreover, he holds the Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The CPQ is designed to facilitate mobility of psychologists across different North American jurisdictions. Dr. Hadjistavropoulos' clinical interests fall within the areas of adult cognitive behaviour therapy and adult clinical assessment. He is certified in cognitive behaviour therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT).


Dr. Hadjistavropoulos and his research team have published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters as well as seven books. A list of Thomas' publications can be found on Google Scholar and PubMed. 

Selected awards and distinctions

A list of Dr. Hadjistavropoulos selected awards and distinctions and editorial appointments can be found on the Health Psychology website.

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