Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Psychology
Catherine Sabiston, Ph.D., M.H.K. is an Associate Professor of exercise and health psychology at the University of Toronto where she holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in physical activity and mental health. She completed a dual Bachelor of Science major in Psychology and Kinesiology at Dalhousie University, a Master of Human Kinetics degree at the University of Windsor, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Sabiston has been awarded numerous early career accolades for her research in physical activity and mental health, including the new investigator award from health psychology division of the Canadian Psychological Association (2014), early distinguished career award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (2012), and the young scientist award from the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sports Psychology (2006).
Dr. Sabiston's research has been supported by major funding agencies in Canada including all three tri-council agencies (Canadian Institutes of Health Research - CIHR, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - SSHRC, and National Science and Engineering Research Council - NSERC). Her research has focused on physical activity and adaptive and maladaptive mental health outcomes (including self-esteem, body image, depression, anxiety, stress, and post-traumatic growth) in individuals across the lifespan. A particular focus is on individuals at risk for chronic disease, including adolescents and young adults with poor health behavior habits, adults with depression and anxiety, and adults with cancer.
Grants and Funding: We proudly support the research and programs of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and institutions such as: the Anxiety Disorders program of the Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Pacific Institute of Medical Research; the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred); and SchoolsForHope.org, an iFred educational project. Working with these partners enables Anxiety.org to extend its commitment to its mission. All the donations received, as well as 100% of Anxiety.org revenue in 2019, will be contributed to build, develop, and further the understanding, investigation, discovery, and treatment of the full spectrum of anxiety and related disorders.