Tamara Williamson

Tamara Williamson
The University of Calgary | HBI · Department of Psychology

Master of Science

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Introduction
Tamara Williamson is an PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the The University of Calgary. Tamara does research in Behavioural Science, Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology, with a focus on promoting uptake of cardiac rehabilitation, and optimizing outcomes from bariatric surgery.
Education
September 2019 - August 2023
The University of Calgary
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
September 2017 - August 2019
The University of Calgary
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology

Publications

Publications (20)
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Background: This study aimed to examine the combined effect of pre-surgical emotion self-regulation (ESR) and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (sADHD, i.e., inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity) on weight loss 12 months following bariatric surgery independent of psychological distress and eating pathology. Methods: Adu...
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Purpose: Patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation after an acute coronary syndrome event commonly report strong intention to attend, but at least one-third do not participate. This study explored whether well-documented cardiac rehabilitation barriers (e.g., comorbidities, logistical/time constraints, and low social support) moderate the associa...
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The obesity epidemic in the United States and Canada has been accompanied by an increased demand on behavioral health specialists to provide comprehensive behavior therapy for weight loss (BTWL) to individuals with obesity. Clinical health psychologists are optimally positioned to deliver BTWL because of their advanced competencies in multimodal as...
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Up to 64% of patients seeking bariatric (weight-loss) surgery report eating disorder (ED) symptoms (addictive-like eating, binge eating, emotional eating, grazing) that can interfere with post-surgical weight loss. This prospective proof-of-concept study aimed to evaluate the impact of a pre-surgical mindfulness-informed intervention (MII) on ED sy...
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Background: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs are ideal treatment settings for atrial fibrillation (AF) risk factor management, yet few CR curricula include a behavioral weight loss treatment (BWLT) component for patients with comorbid obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m ² ). Aim: To identify perceived barriers, facilitators, and preferences regarding CR wit...
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Background Cancer survivors are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related morbidity and mortality. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs improve CVD risk factors, including cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF). The purpose of this study was to investigate: (1) the association between CR completion and survival, and (2) whe...
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Objective Patient education (PE) delivered during exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) aims to promote health behaviour change, including attendance at CR exercise sessions, by imparting knowledge about coronary artery disease (CAD) and improving CR-related attitudes. This study evaluated the impact of PE on aspects of patient motivation (i.e...
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Introduction While body image can improve following bariatric surgery, a portion of patients continue to experience concerns about weight and shape regardless of weight lost. Research is needed to identify risk factors for post-surgical weight and shape concerns given that body dissatisfaction may contribute to poor outcomes. Aims To evaluate whet...
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Background Protocols that support paramedics to assess, treat and refer low-risk syncope (fainting) may allow for ED transport of only high-risk patients. The development and uptake of such protocols is limited by a dearth of information about factors patients consider when deciding to seek EMS care following syncope.Objective We explored decision-...
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Adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) reduces risk of breast cancer recurrence. However, suboptimal adherence and persistence to AET remain important clinical issues. Understanding factors associated with adherence may help inform efforts to improve use of AET as prescribed. The present systematic review examined potentially modifiable factors associate...
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Physical activity (PA) promotion remains a cornerstone of primary and secondary prevention efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD). While frontline health care providers (HCPs; e.g., family physicians, cardiologists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, etc.) are in an optimal position to administer PA-promoti...
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BACKGROUND: Cancer survivors are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related morbidity and mortality. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves CVD risk factors, including cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), and may improve cardiovascular outcomes among patients with comorbid cancer and CVD. The impact of improvements in CRF on survivorship...
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Purpose: To examine the feasibility of screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation (CR) setting and to evaluate the detection rate of COPD using a targeted screening protocol. Methods: A total of 95 patients (62.5 ± 10.0 yr; men, n = 77), >40-yr old with a history of smoking were included in...
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BACKGROUND Emergency medical services (EMS) assessment and presentation to the emergency department (ED) for syncope (fainting) often results in hospital admission and costly diagnostic testing that rarely benefits patients. Protocols that support paramedics to assess, treat and refer low-risk syncope may allow for ED transport of only high-risk pa...
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The evidence base supporting cardiac rehabilitation is substantial and overwhelmingly supports its utilization for all qualified patients. However, important lines of inquiry remain and require attention. This commentary provides a model for cardiac rehabilitation centers that provide patient care to meaningfully contribute to our scientific unders...

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Projects (3)
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The "Bariatric outcome Enhancement: Evaluation of a Mindfulness-informed Program for Optimizing Weight-loss and Reducing Eating Disorder symptoms" (BE-EMPOWERED) study aims to demonstrate impact of a mindfulness-informed intervention, delivered pre-surgically to bariatric patients in terms of improving eating disorder symptoms and associated mechanisms of action, using a phasic design. This three part study consists of an observational proof-of-concept study (Part I - complete), a qualitative acceptability study (Part II - manuscript in preparation), and a randomized-controlled pilot trial (Part III - in preparation) to inform a future large efficacy trial.
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The goal of this longitudinal study is to examine pre-surgical psychosocial predictors of long-term (5 year) outcomes following weight loss surgery. Candidate predictors examined in our study include mood/psychological distress, disordered eating behaviours, ADHD, adverse childhood experiences, sleep patterns, social support, and internalized weight biases.
Archived project
The purpose of this project was to understand factors that influence exercise adherence following an acute coronary syndrome event, and to design and evaluate a brief motivational intervention to support cardiac rehabilitation enrollment and attendance.