Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen

Associate Professor


Clinical Professorship in Child Health Psychology

Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

PhD-Clinical Psychology

San Diego State University (SDSU)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) Joint Doctoral Program

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Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen received her B.A. in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and her Ph.D. from SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 2013. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary and holds a Clinical Psychology Professorship in Child Health Psychology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Her research is supported by a Career Development Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Tomfohr-Madsen’s research interests focus on psychological and social factors that promote or detract from optimal health trajectories. She has a line of research that investigates sociodemographic and racial disparities in cardiovascular, with a particular interest in sleep. She is also interested in the transition to parenthood and the development of preventative interventions for at risk populations, such as women with hypertensive and sleep disorders during pregnancy. 


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Horsley, K., Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M., Ditto, B., Tough, S. (2019). Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety as Related to Gestational Age at Birth: Findings from the All Our Families Study. Psychosomatic Medicine. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000695

Sedov, I., Cameron, E., Madigan, S., Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M. (2018). Sleep quality during pregnancy: A meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 38, 168-176.

Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M., Clayborne, Z., Rouleau, C.R., Campbell, T.C. (2017). Sleeping for Two: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia in Pregnancy. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 28, 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/15402002.2016.1141769


*New Investigator Salary Award, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program - Career Development Award, Duration: 2016 – 2021
*Canadian Institute of Health Research – Early Career Investigator Award in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health in Partnership with the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (2019 - 2022), Sleeping for Two: A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia experienced during pregnancy Role: Primary Investigator