Meet Our Team

Our lab consists of hard working graduate students dedicated to establishing research to create an impact on the lives of our participants. Our helpful undergraduates and research assistants help keep the whole operation running. 


Anna Mackinnon | Postdoctoral Fellow, ph.d. clinical psychology

Anna MacKinnon received her B.A. (Hons.) in psychology at Mount Allison University in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University in 2018. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Health Sciences and the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary under the mentorship of Dr. Suzanne Tough and Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen.

Anna’s research background is in perinatal mental health, parenting, and child development. Her doctoral work investigated how oxytocin (the “love hormone”) helps prepare for motherhood by increasing awareness of social cues, and in turn how caregiving promotes children’s perspective-taking skills. Her postdoctoral work will examine how neighborhood factors influence maternal health and early social-emotional development. Anna aims to develop a program of research which: a) identifies risk and resiliency factors for parent functioning that supports child social-emotional development; and b) uses these findings to develop and implement intervention programs, with the ultimate goal of optimizing child and family well-being.

Ivan Sedov │ Doctoral Student, ph.d. clinical psychology student

Ivan Sedov received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Calgary in 2014 and his M.Sc. from University of Calgary in clinical psychology in 2016. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary.

Ivan’s research interests focus on normal and disrupted sleep. Currently, his projects focus on the way sleep is affected during the perinatal period. Ivan’s dissertation work focuses on the trajectories of insomnia symptoms over the course of pregnancy and the way these symptoms are related to anxiety. Additionally, he is involved in research on the relationship between sleep and pain in pregnancy, as well as, sleep of new fathers. Moreover, Ivan is involved in projects investigating the relationship between mindfulness and sleep.

Emily cameron │ doctoral student, ph.d. clinical psychology student

Emily Cameron received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Combined Biology and Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2013 and her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2016. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen. Her doctoral work is supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarship and International Honor Society in Psychology Graduate Research Grant.

Emily’s research interests focus on biological, psychological and social influences on early child development, including parental factors in pregnancy and the postpartum with a particular interest in paternal mental health. Emily’s doctoral dissertation examines trajectories of mental health in new fathers from pregnancy into the postpartum period in order to inform prevention and intervention strategies and promote positive family outcomes.