Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos served as President of the Canadian Psychological Association during the 2007-2008 year. His research, which has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the AGEWELL Network of Centres of Excellence, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), focuses on psychological issues in pain. An area of specific focus has been pain assessment and management in older adults with a special emphasis on persons who have severe limitations in ability to communicate because of dementia. Thomas has also conducted extensive scholarly work in the area of ethics and professional standards.
Thomas has been honored with numerous prestigious awards including the Distinguished Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society, a CIHR Investigator Award, the Year 2000 Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award for Excellence in Pain Research, the Canadian Association on Gerontology Distinguished Member Award, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Career Achievement Award, a Saskatchewan Health Care Excellence Award, the M. Powel Lawton Award for Distinguished Contributions to Clinical Geropsychology (Clinical Geropsychology Section, American Psychological Association), the Distinguished Career Award from the Special Interest Group on Pain in Older Persons (International Association for the Study of Pain) and many others. Thomas has also been elected Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and of the American Psychological Association in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the science and profession of psychology. He is also a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences which represents one of the highest honours available to Canadian Health Scientists. He is Editor-in-Chief of Ethics & Behavior and has served as Editor of Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Psychology Section Editor of the Canadian Journal on Aging as well as on other editorial boards.
He has published approximately 250 peer reviewed papers and book chapters as well as seven books.
Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos is certified as a clinical psychology specialist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is also a registered doctoral psychologist in the provinces of Saskatchewan and British Columbia and is listed in the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists. Moreover, he holds the Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The CPQ is designed to facilitate mobility of psychologists across different North American jurisdictions. Dr. Hadjistavropoulos’ clinical interests fall within the areas of adult cognitive behaviour therapy and adult clinical assessment. He is certified in cognitive behaviour therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT).