Psychobiology of Stress & Health Lab

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Last updated: 11 April, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: January 26 & 27, 2021
Join us for the first Canadian Transitions Pop-Up Event! 
Registration and the Call for Abstracts are Now Open.

Official launch: Facebook peer-to-peer support group for New Brunswick families of children and youth with health care needs

 Are you a caregiver of a child or youth with health care needs in New Brunswick? NaviCare/SoinsNavi, the NB patient navigation centre for children and youth with health care needs, has recently launched a Facebook peer support group to help families connect and exchange resources and support. The group, called NB Children with Health Care Needs / Enfants Ayant Besoin de Soins de Santé, aims to create a safe space for families to share resources and information. The group can be found by clicking the title above. We invite you to join this group and would like to encourage you to share it with anyone else who you think would benefit from it. It is our hope that it will grow to form a strong, supportive and helpful community. If you are interested in joining, please read the group description carefully and feel free to share the group with anyone who you think would benefit from participation! For more information, please contact Katherine Kelly (

CRIC Team Selected as "Research Team of the Month" (2019) by the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates!
Sarah Doak, Evan Matthews, & Luke Mungall

Before & After COVID-19

"What does the rest of this year, 2020, look like for you, now that the world has been forever changed because of COVID-19?" A video from SoaringFamiles co-founder Mike, sharing his thoughts on how COVID-19 has impacted the world and thinking about when we’ll say “after COVID-19.”

How To Stop The Panic

Mike, co-founder of SoaringFamilies, shares in this video helpful advice on managing panic through a mindfulness exercise.

4 Coping Strategies That Work

Mike, co-founder of SoaringFamilies, shares his helpful strategies in this short video on how to navigate through stressful moments. Please read a short message from Mike below and click on the link above to watch his insightful video on how we can manage stress during these difficult times.
"Having raised a young adult with complex disabilities and gone through cancer, I’ve learned a thing or two about coping with the impossible."

Nurse Patient Navigator from NaviCare/SoinsNavi on COVID-19

Check Navicare's Facebook page for live chat sessions with the nurse patient navigator. Please reach out via private message or post on their page with any questions that you have surrounding supporting children/youth with complex care needs during uncertain times.

COVID-19 General Information

Government of New Brunswick: Health Precautions and Testing Statistics 
Canadian Statistics and National Updates
Institut Pasteur (An excellent resource for information on the virus)
Jewish General Hospital - Resource Hotline
COVID FAQ - Mount Sinai Hospital 

Psychology Department Faculty Speak to Students about their Research on Panel

March 25h, 2020

Members of CIHR_IRSC #IHDCYH’s Institute Advisory Board Meeting in Banff

November 26th, 2019

Discussions on Concussions - CBC Interviews

Athlete Secrecy Surrounding Concussions
Information Morning (Monction) with Jonna Brewer

Navigating Your Journey

October 26th, 2019

MTA Breakfast Chat

Let's have a discussion on concussion!

Luke Mungall Presenting His Summer (Systematic Review Protocol) Research at SURF


Canadian Institutes of Health Research Publishes Article on NaviCare/SoinsNavi

4/2019: Dr. Rima Azar, Dr. Alison Luke, Dr. Shelley Doucet (Click for Article)
Twitter Post 
Twitter Post (French) 

MTA Psychology Department Research Day 

4/2019: Dr. Azar with her students who presented their work at Research Day.

MTA Breakfast Chat

Breakfast Chat on Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder March 16th - 2019 (Argosy Article).
This article contains an error: our 2019 chat was funded by CanFASD Research Nework (not RSC).

NaviCare/SoinsNavi has now helped over 200 families! See their newest video below.

NaviCare/SoinsNavi Launch a Success!

1/2017: Years of PSHL research and stakeholder input have gone into the establishment of a virtual health centre for New Brunswick children with complex health conditions. In January 2017, NaviCare/SoinsNavi became available to the public!

Julie Lewis Receives Her Masters degree

12/2016: In December, PSHL member Julie Lewis successfully defended her MSc thesis supervised by Dr. Vett Lloyd from Mount Allison University's Biology Department. Congratulations Julie!

Dr. Azar Presents Preliminary Research Results in Europe 

10/2016: In October, Dr. Azar travelled to the European Academy of Paediatric Societies' annual conference in Geneva to present the preliminary results from the Quick-Strike team's research. She was also invited to present at the AMC-Emma's Hospital in Amsterdam.

Don't Miss the 2016 MountA Breakfast Chat!

11/2016:On December 3rd, Dr. Azar will be hosting this engaging event. All members of the community are welcome! Sponsored by RSC-Atlantic.

Welcome Back MTA Students!

09/2016: It's September and classes are in full swing again. Dr. Azar would like to offer her best wishes for the fall term to her students:Julie Richard (Honours) Daniel O'Connor (Directed Studies) Kenzie Thomas Schultz (Directed Studies) and Laurel White (Directed Studies).

Major Investment in Youth Mental Health by the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

 05/2016: Dr. Azar attended an NBHRF press conference at Université de Moncton to announce funding for provincial youth mental health initiatives. Dr. Shelley Doucet (Dr. Azar's co-PI) spoke about two of PHSL's projects, the NB Navigation Centre for Children with Complex Health Conditions and CHILD-BRIGHT.

Sarah MacCallum receives the George J. DeBenedetti Book Prize

04/2016: PSHL honours student Sarah MacCallum was awarded the annual George J. De Benedetti Book Prize (presented by De Benedetti, himself) for her leadership and devotion to social activism. Congratulations!

MTA Psychology Department Research Day 

04/2016: Dr. Azar with her students who presented their work at Research Day.

Looking for NB Families with Children who Have Complex Health Conditions

01/2016: Our search for NB families to interview is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated!