University of Calgary

Lianne Tomfohr

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Research Interests

My primary research interests focus on identifying relationships between physical health and psychosocial variables. I am particularly interested in transgenerational transmission of health and for this reason much of my work is focused on interventions delivered in pregnancy.

Currently, I am investigating ways to intervene and positivley influence health trajectories in vulnerable populations. My current research is focused on (1) understanding how maternal adversity is associated with infant and child health problems and (2) testing interventions in pregnancy that treat parental depression, anxiety, insomnia and couples distress to see if those changes lead to better parental and child health profiles.

In a second and related line of research, I investigate predictors and consequences of poor infant and child sleep both in typically developing populations and in children experiencing illness (e.g., pediatric cancer, TBI). 


Representative Publications  *Underlining represents student authors.

Bayrampour, H., Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M., Tough, S. (In press). Trajectories of Anxiety and Depression from Pregnancy to One Year Postpartum – Results from the All Our Babies Cohort Study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Cameron, E., Sedov, I., Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M. (2016). Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Prevalence and Predictors of Paternal Postpartum Depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.07.044

Madsen, J.W., Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M., Doss, B. (2016). The Impact of Couple Therapy on Service Utilization among Military Veterans: The Moderating Roles of Pretreatment Service Utilization and Premature Termination. Service utilization before and after outpatient treatment for relationship distress in military veterans. Family Process. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12234

Lee, S., Narendram, G., Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M., Schulte, F. (2016). Systematic Review of Sleep in the Hospital in Children with Pediatric Cancer. Psycho-Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4149

Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M., Clayborne, Z., Rouleau, C.R., Campbell, T.C. (2016). Sleeping for Two: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia in Pregnancy. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. DOI: 10.1080/15402002.2016.1141769

Rouleau, C.R., Tomfohr-Madsen, L.M., Campbell, T.S., Letourneau, N., Giesbrecht, G.F. (2016). The Role of Maternal Cardiac Vagal Control in the Association between Depressive Symptoms and Incident Hypertension in Pregnancy. Biological Psychology. 117: 32-42.

Tomfohr, L.M., Pung, M., Dimsdale, J.D. (2016). Mediators of the Relationship between Race and Allostatic Load in African and Caucasian Americans. Health Psychology. 35(4), 322-332.

Tomfohr, L.M., Edwards, K., Madsen, J.W., Mills, P.J., (2015). Social Support Moderates the Relationship between Sleep and Inflammation in a Population at High Risk for Developing Cardiovascular Disease. Psychophysiology, 52(12). 1689-97.

Tomfohr, L.M., Buliga, E., Letourneau, N. Campbell, T., Geisbrecht, G. (2015). Trajectories of Sleep Quality and Associations with Mood During the Perinatal Period. Sleep, 38(8), 1237-1245.

Tomfohr, L.M., Pung, M.A., Mills, P.J., Edwards, K.M. (2015). Which aspects of mindfulness are associated with health? Relationships between facets of mindfulness, blood pressure and Interleukin-6. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 38(1), 28-38.

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