Dr. Linda E. Carlson

PhD. R. Psych

PhD. R. Psych
McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1998

Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine  

Adjunct Professor 
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary

Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology

CIHR SPOR Mentorship Chair in Innovative Clinical Trials (TRACTION Program)

Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice (official journal of the International Psycho-Oncology Society)

Society for Integrative Oncology

More about Dr. Carlson

  1. The Art and Science of Mindfulness

    Shauna L. Shapiro and Linda E. Carlson draw from Eastern wisdom and practices as well as Western psychological theory and science to explore why mindful awareness is integral to the therapeutic healing process and to show clinicians how to connect with this deeper awareness. Intention is fundamental to any project, endeavor, or journey. Related to intention is the concept of mindfulness—the awareness that arises through intentionally attending to oneself and others in an open, caring, and nonjudgmental way.

  2. Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery

    Research shows that if you mentally prepare yourself to handle cancer treatment by getting stress and anxiety under control, you can improve your quality of life and become an active participant in your own recovery. Created by leading psychologists specializing in oncology, the Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery program is based on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a therapeutic combination of mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga now offered to cancer survivors and their loved ones in hundreds of medical centers, hospitals, and clinics worldwide. Let this book be your guide as you let go of fear and focus on getting well. 




Honours & Clinical Psychology Graduates

Dr. Linda Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC), where she has worked since 1997. She also holds a CIHR SPOR-funded mentorship chair in innovative clinical trials, which funds the TRACTION program (Training in Research And Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology), supporting a multidisciplinary group of University of Calgary fellows studying Integrative Oncology.

Dr. Carlson received the Kawano New Investigator Award from the International Psycho-Oncology Society in 2006; the William E. Rawls Prize in cancer control from the National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society in 2007; a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Psychological Association Health Section in 2009, the inaugural Research Excellence award from the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology in 2010, the Arete Award for Research Excellence from the Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary in 2012, the Bernard Fox Memorial Award from the International Psycho-Oncology Society in 2019, and was shortlisted for the Dr. Rogers Prize in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. She is also a fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Mind and Life Institute, is the President-Elect of the Society for Integrative Oncology, and is Co-Editor-in-Chief for the official International Psycho-Oncology Society journal: The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice.

Dr. Carlson's research in Psychosocial Oncology, Integrative Oncology and Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery has been published in many high-impact journals and book chapters, and she published a patient manual in 2011 with Michael Speca entitled: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A step-by-step MBSR approach to help you cope with treatment and reclaim your life, in addition to a professional training manual in 2009 (2nd Edition 2017) with Shauna Shapiro entitled The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating mindfulness into psychology and the helping professions. She has published over 200 research papers and book chapters, holds several millions of dollars in grant funding and is regularly invited to present her work at international conferences, most recently in Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Israel and all across Canada and the USA. She presented a TEDx talk called Mindfulness for Personal and Collective Evolution in 2016, you can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgZd5GvZ5Qs

Click here to view a list of all her Publications.

  1. International Psycho-Oncology Society Bernard Fox Memorial Award, 2019
  2. Dr. Rogers Prize in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Shortlist, 2013; 2015; 2017; 2019
  3. Arete Award for Top Researcher, Department of Oncology, University of Calgary, June 2012
  4. Elected to Fellowship in the Society of Behavioural Medicine, March 24, 2011
  5. Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Award for Research Excellence, Presented at the IPOS 12th World Congress/CAPO 2010, May 2010
  6. Cochrane Distinguished Achievement Award for research Nomination, by Faculty of Medicine’s Promotions Committee, for outstanding research achievements in 2008-09, October 2009
  7. Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Health Scholar Award, $850,000, July 1, 2008-June 30, 2017
  8. Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Health Division Early Career Award Winner, 2008
  9. William E. Rawls Prize, Canadian Cancer Society, $21,000, 2007
  10. Kawano New Investigator Award, International Psycho-Oncology Society, 2006
  11. Scientific Program Chair for the 6th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, 2003
  12. University of Calgary Department of Oncology Research Excellence Award, 2003
  13. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), New Investigator Award, Value of $50,000/year for five years towards salary support and $50,000/year research allowance, 2002-2007
  14. Alberta Cancer Board Annual Research Meeting, Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Award, 2000
  15. Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, Young Investigator Poster Presentation award, 2000
  16. Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, Travel Award $500, 2000
  17. National Cancer Institute of Canada Terry Fox Post-PhD Research Fellowship, 1998-2001
  18. Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, Graduate Student Research Excellence Award, $100 US, 1997
  19. McGill Alma Mater Fund Graduate Studies Travel Award, $250,1997
  20. Post-Graduate Students' Society of McGill University Travel Award, $300, 1996

James McConnell McGill Major Fellowship - $10,000/year.Awarded to PhD students at McGill

To view her presentations, click here.

Contact Information

Email: l.carlson@ucalgary.ca

Office Phone: 403-355-3207

Department of Psychosocial Oncology

Cancer Control Alberta – Holy Cross Site

2202 2nd St. SW

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2S 3C1