Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen
Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen is a registered clinical psychologist who completed her MSc and PhD from the San Diego State University/University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Lianne completed her final year of training at the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency. She has been on Faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary since 2013, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Lianne is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Psychosomatic Society.
Lianne’s clinical and research work focuses on the intersection of clinical and health psychology. She provides individual and couples therapy to adults of all ages and older adolescents. Lianne’s clinical practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of anxiety, stress, depression, and related disorders such as insomnia and relationship distress. Her health psychology work includes the treatment of health-issues such psychological distress in the transition to parenthood (pregnancy and postpartum), behaviour change including weight management, smoking cessation, and coping with chronic illness.
Lianne’s primary therapeutic approach is grounded in mindfulness, emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). She has advanced training in cognitive, behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
Additionally, Lianne has completed year long training in the treatment of relationship distress using primarily Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy – the modalities of couples therapy with the most evidence for their efficacy in reducing couples distress.
In therapy, Lianne is committed to creating a positive therapeutic relationship that is based in honesty and mutual respect. She uses evidence-based treatments that are proven to help people heal and has been heavily influenced by the use of Feedback Informed Treatment, which allows for the continuous monitoring of change and attention to the therapeutic relationship.
In addition to her clinical work, Lianne is the Director of the Healthy Families Lab at the University of Calgary where she examines risk and resilience factors of families transitioning to parenthood. She has published extensively in scientific journals and her work has been featured in popular media such as the NYTimes, CTV, CBC, Conversation Canada and the Calgary Herald. To learn more about her research work you can visit https://www.healthyfamilieslab.com.