My primary research interests are the biological, cognitive, and interpersonal aspects of mood disorders and anxiety disorders. (Biological aspects include sex hormones, pregnancy and the postpartum period, menopause, and psychopharmacology). Other research interests include the psychometric evaluation or modification of existing scales and the development of new scales or novel assessment methodologies. Additional current research areas include problem gambling, chronic pain, mindfulness, evolutionary psychology, substance abuse, stress, and professional burnout. 

Current Research

Gambling Education Workshop

This study will examine differences in video versus interactive education sessions within older and younger adults compared with a wait list control group. Sessions will focus on providing education about gambling and problem gambling, as well as correcting irrational gambling beliefs.

For more information please contact Jessie Tanner by e-mail

Gambling Knowledge Study

This study will allow us to examine the statistical properties of a gambling knowledge questionnaire. We will also be looking at the potential relationships between gambling knowledge and other gambling measures. Gamblers and non-gamblers age 18 and older are needed. To show our appreciation students can earn 1 bonus point for participating classes and other individuals can enter a draw for a $50 gift-card to Tim Horton's.

To participate please contact Jessie Tanner by email or

Mommy Matters!

Free Wellness Programs for Pregnant Women

Mommy Matters are free group programs currently being studied by researchers at Lakehead University. The programs are designed to offer mothers a time and place to meet and engage in enjoyable activities with other expectant mothers. The goal of the project is to investigate the effects of wellness programming on women's well-being during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

For more information please contact Carley Pope by e-mail

The Maternal Wellness Project

The Maternal Wellness Project is a study currently being conducted by researchers at Lakehead University to investigate the well-being of new and expectant mothers. The goal of this project is to contribute to our understanding of the factors that influence maternal well-being and promote a positive maternal transition.

For more information please contact Carley Pope by e-mail