Dr. Dana Thordarson, R. Psych.
Dr. Dana Thordarson is a registered psychologist at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic in North Vancouver, and at the Stein Medical Clinic in downtown Vancouver, where she specializes in assessment and therapy for anxiety, stress, posttraumatic stress, and depression in adults. She has a Clinical Instructor appointment in the Department of Family Practice at UBC, and she is an associate chair of the UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board. She collaborates with several UBC faculty conducting research in prenatal and postpartum anxiety. Previously, Dr. Thordarson was an instructor in the Midwifery Education Program at UBC for seven years, where she taught courses in evidence-based practice and supervised student research projects.
Dr. Dana Thordarson received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UBC in 2000 where her thesis research was on the significance of obsessions in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As a postdoctoral fellow at the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dana worked on a randomized trial of three forms of psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder, and she developed a telephone treatment program for adults with OCD. She has also worked as an instructor in the UBC Midwifery Program, as a psychologist for the Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital, as a research associate in behavioural genetics in the UBC Psychiatry department, and as a sessional lecturer teaching introductory statistics, research design, and psychometrics in the UBC Psychology department. Dr. Thordarson is certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. She has published over 20 scientific articles on anxiety disorders and behavioural genetics, she is a reviewer for several journals in her field, and was a contributor to Anxiety Canada’s perinatal anxiety website. Dr. Thordarson joined Anxiety Canada’s Scientific Advisory Committee in November 2017.