Community Health & Epidemiology Seminar Series

Sherry H. Stewart, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology/Neuroscience, Dalhousie University

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health

Title:  Addictive disorders: research spanning from the lab to the clinic

Abstract: Dr. Stewart will discuss her research program on the comorbidity of emotional disorders and addictive disorders.  She will provide examples of the primary methods used in her program of research: lab experiments, longitudinal studies, daily diary methods, and intervention research. She will illustrate how the study of psychological factors such as personality, motives, context, and implicit cognition, help understanding of the mechanisms linking common emotional disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression) to common addictive behaviors (e.g., alcohol misuse, excessive gambling, prescription drug misuse, cannabis dependence). She will also illustrate how understanding of mechanisms linking emotional disorders to addictive behaviors has been used to develop effective preventative and treatment interventions for this form of comorbidity.

Biography: Dr. Sherry Stewart is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology/Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health. She is cross appointed to the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology.  Dr. Stewart received her PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University.  She is acting director of the Centre for Addictions Research at Dalhousie (CARD) and the Atlantic lead for the Quebec-Atlantic node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM). Dr. Stewart is Graduate Program Coordinator of the new MSc in Psychiatry Research program.  Her research has been funded through organizations including: CIHR, SSHRC, the Manitoba Gambling Research Program, the National Centre for Responsible Gambling, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse as well as their Board Alumni.


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