Our Team


Dr. Colleen Cannon, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Colleen Cannon
Colleen is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about health psychology! She has been exploring the dance between psychological well-being and physical well-being her entire career.

Three consistent themes have emerged from Colleen’s broad professional experiences: the need to find creative and appealing methods for offering the best of psychology to those in need, a hearty dose of practicality, and striving to understand how people make and maintain behaviour change. This all began in the Yukon, where Colleen was a new graduate along with five therapists based out of the sole mental health clinic in the Territory, serving Whitehorse and 13 remote communities without the benefit of hospital based psychiatric care facilities. This role necessitated competence in systemic problem-solving, program development and making psychological interventions engaging and accessible. Colleen also provided extensive training and consultation services to community care providers throughout the Territory. She firmly believes that understanding the principles of how people make and maintain healthy changes in their lives is necessary for all health care professionals.

For over 10 years, Colleen has brought these skills and passion into numerous health care clinics in Calgary and Vancouver. These include Diabetes, Hypertension and Cholesterol clinics, and extensive work in cardiac rehabilitation. In all settings, in addition to core clinical responsibilities Colleen has taken the lead in multidisciplinary collaboration, implementing more efficient service delivery models, research collaboration, graduate student supervision and liaising with community-based providers. Colleen is currently a member of the cardiac rehabilitation and heart transplantation teams in Vancouver, B.C.

Colleen ran a highly successful private practice in Calgary for five years that included individual and group clinical services, professional speaking and the co-development of Craving Change Inc. Colleen has pursued an interest in eating disorders for almost 20 years, although since 2001 her primary focus has been developing effective interventions to address the unmet needs of people with subclinical disordered eating. That is, people struggling in their relationship with food and how they use food, yet who do not meet standard diagnostic criteria for an “eating disorder”. She is thrilled to have partnered with Wendy Shah, RD in designing and implementing tools that make sense, and make a difference.

Colleen was an Adjunct Professor in the University of Calgary Department Of Psychology from 2008-2011. She was also an active member of the Clinical Research Steering Committee at the Cardiac Wellness Institute in Calgary AB from 2004-2009 and she played a key role in developing a cohesive strategy for managing chronic diseases in Alberta as an active member of the Clinical Support Services Adult Lifestyle Education Committee and the Chronic Disease Management Curriculum Redesign Committee. Colleen was a reviewer of the “Behavioural and Psychosocial Issues” Chapter of the Canadian Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (J. Stone, Editor in Chief). Her most recent publication is An investigation of the benefits of stress management within a cardiac rehabilitation population in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention (2012).

Colleen is a graduate in clinical psychology from Queen’s University. She has been a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders since 1999. She is delighted to live in beautiful Vancouver, B.C.


Wendy Shah, BSc, RD

Wendy Shah
Wendy is devoted to helping people make informed, healthy food choices. She loves the challenge of creating innovative ways to excite both individuals and professionals about nutrition and eating. Wendy has always had a strong interest in the psychosocial and environmental factors that influence our eating behaviours. She has been thrilled to collaborate with Dr. Colleen Cannon in the development of Craving Change™.

Recognized for her outstanding ability to write with an entertaining and thought-provoking style, Wendy is frequently asked to write articles for consumers and professionals. She consistently communicates evidence-based, practical messages. Wendy is also a very versatile speaker and has had the pleasure of presenting at a variety of national conferences. She is a past regional recipient of the Speaking of Food and Healthy Living Award: Excellence in Consumer Communication. Wendy is a strong advocate for patient self-efficacy and is a Master Trainer with the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. As a past member of the Blood Pressure Canada Public Education task force, Wendy received the 2009 Certificate of Excellence for her volunteer work.

As a highly respected member of Dietitians of Canada and the College of Dietitians of Alberta, Wendy has worked for over 30 years in the area of chronic disease specializing in diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia management. Most recently she has been focusing her expertise and creative skills in the area of weight management.

Known for implementing original ideas in her practice, Wendy was very keen to collaborate with Dr. Colleen Cannon in the development of a psycho-educational program to help individuals who struggle with their eating. She recognizes that we are all “mind-full” eaters whose eating behaviours are influenced by the many thoughts and feelings filed away in our mind. Wendy believes that addressing the important question of “why” we eat the way we do is the key to developing a healthier relationship with food. She has seen both clients and professionals enthusiastically embrace the refreshing and provocative approach of Craving Change™ and is keen to share the ground-breaking program with her peers.


Carol Clarke, MHSc, RD

Carol Clarke
Since 2009, Carol has been supporting Craving Change Inc. in the role of Workshop Coordinator. Her tremendous attention to detail and her well-established organization and business skills have been responsible for making our in-person Professional Training Workshops a huge success. Carol has also been instrumental in promoting the widespread use of the Craving Change™ approach in her home province of Ontario. In her Marketing role, she assists in helping Clinics and Organizations understand the value of including Craving Change™ as part of their practice.

Carol was involved in the 2006 Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management and prevention of obesity in adults and children as a co-author for Dietary intervention for the treatment of obesity in adults; the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association Obesity and Nutrition Certificate Programs; and the Canadian Obesity Network Preceptorship series. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada (DC), and the American Dietetic Association. As the Co-chair of the Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Network of DC, she is DC’s representative on the Canadian Obesity Network.


Kim Knelsen

Kim Knelsen
Kim has been a tremendous asset to Craving Change Inc. for the past two years. Her efficiency and excellent organization skills ensure that product orders are filled accurately and in a timely manner. Her professionalism and care have been a tremendous asset in managing the countless requests received from communities in every province and territory. She handles many of the administrative tasks behind the scenes and is always willing to take on new responsibilities with diligence and enthusiasm.


Acknowledgements

In the past six years, we have had the great pleasure of working with amazingly talented and dedicated masters of their craft. The expertise, creativity, attention to detail and support they have so generously provided have helped us develop and grow into a company that we are proud of.

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