Behaviour Change Institute



Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley

Dayna works in acute care at Capital Health and provides clinical and teaching services to the Transplant program.

Dr. Jill Chorney

Jill is a psychologist at the IWK who works with youth with chronic pain and their families. Along with her colleagues at the IWK, Jill is interested in adaptation of training for youth and families. Jill is also an Associate Professor in Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie and is interested in research on behavior change skills and training.

Dr. Elizabeth McCaughlin

Elizabeth is also a psychologist at the IWK. She .......

Dr. Joanne Gillespe

Joanne also works as a psychologist at the IWK. She.....



   I am Dr. Michael Vallis, a registered Psychologist at Capital Health and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

    I lead the Behaviour Change Institute (BCI). The purpose of the BCI is to provide training in theory-driven, evidence- and comptency-based behaviour change counselling strategies for healthcare providers promoting health behaviour change.

    Further, the BCI supports the growth of it’s activities by engaging Champions from multiple sectors to partner in the dissemination of training opportunities. As our work takes root we will reflect these changes in this website. Currently we are led by Psychologists at Capital Health and the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax.

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.