Behaviour Change Institute - BCI



Dr. Jill Chorney

I am a psychologist who works with youth with chronic pain and Associate Professor in Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie


This site is intended for the use of healthcare professionals with an interest in helping people make healthy lifestyle changes that are realistic and sustainable.

The principles presented on this site are derived from the academic literature and based on psychological theories of change.

Visitors to this site are encouraged to consider how the information contained can aid them in their work to promote healthy change, but must maintain professional responsibility and accountability for their actions.

Core Faculty:

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Dr. Michael Vallis - Lead

I am a health psychologist and Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Dalhousie

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggely

I am a health psychologist and Asssitant Professor, Family Medicine, Dalhousie

Jennifer Hayley

I am a psychologist and serve as the main trainer for the BCI

IWK Health Centre

Dr. Elizabeth McLaughlin

I am a psychologist who works with .....

Dr. Joanne Gillespie

I am a psychologist who works with youth....

Dr. Tara Sampalli

I am the Director of Research for Primary Care at NSHA and manager for BCI

Chronic disease outcomes require sustained behaviour change. As such, the dominant model advocated by health systems involves a strong emphasis on self-management support.

The BCI provides training that supports the clinician in delivering self-management support at all of these waypoints in the journey. Specifically, the BCI training program is anchored in four pillars:

-Establishing change-based relationships

-Defining behaviour, determining and promoting readiness to change

-Behaviour Modification

-Addressing the PsychoSocial determinants of behaviour