• Newlove, Theresa


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

    Head of Psychology & Clinical Psychologist, Medical Psychology, BC Children's Hospital, BC Women's Hospital & Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

    Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    PhD., R.Psych.
    Primary Area of Research
    Healthy Starts
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604-875-2345 ext. 5172
    Lab Phone
    Serena Gill
    Assistant Phone
    604-875-2345 ext. 5167
    Mailing Address

    Clinical Support Building
    BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
    Room V2-259
    948 West 28th Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • ON-TRAC Youth Transitions
    • Psychosocial Screening and Service Delivery
    • Management of Children's Pain and Anxiety in the Hospital Setting
    • Somatoform Symptom and related disorders
    • Employee Wellness

    Dr. Newlove is the Head of Psychology for BC Children's Hospital (including Mental Health Services), BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. She is responsible for the practice of psychology cross-site for approximately 55 psychologist to promote best clinical practices and innovative research to contribute to the literature of evidence-based practice. She works collaboratively with medical teams to support proactive psychosocial screening and models of care to promote best health care outcomes for children and their families including transition planning through the ON-TRAC initiative to ensure youth are prepared to transfer of care to adult services. She is involved in innovative practice to improve the children's hospital experiences. Dr. Newlove advocates for employee well-being and has led a number of initiatives that support health practitioners. She has an active clinical and research interest in Somatoform Symptom and related disorders and is a member of the T.I.D.E. initiative. Dr. Newlove is active in delivering and facilitating cross-discipline academic learning and professional development in the organization and development of province-wide capacity building strategies to support clinical care close to home for the children of BC.

    Current Projects

    Proactive screening and family self-assessment of psychosocial strengths and needs are integral to the care of children with complex or chronic health conditions.  In collaboration with medical sub-specialty clinics, we have developed a model of 'in-clinic' self assessment screening for children and their parents to understand psycho-social needs early in their health care journey.  This screening process has allowed us to connect with families and offer a 'stepped' level model of care  that ranges from access to hospital and community-based resources, consultation and assessment at clinical appointments, support groups, group therapy and focused workshops as well as individual therapeutic services to support best health care outcomes.  As part of the in-clinic IPAD screening projects, children and youth have access to the ON-TRAC initiative to help support their education and independence as they transition to adult care. Evaluation of the feasibility and outcomes of these service delivery models is ongoing. 

    In collaboration with Pediatric Anesthesia Research Team (PART), UBC and Medical Psychology we are developing a behavioural biofeedback APP to teach children and youth coping strategies to improve their hospital based experiences by reducing the pain and anxiety than can be associated with medical procedures and treatments.  We know that by reducing the experiences of pain and distress during a medical encounter we can shorten recovery times, pain medication use and improve outcomes of subsequent medical interactions.  Phase I of this study has been completed to collect data from a range of children to help program our biofeedback application for diaphramic (belly) breathing, which has been shown to reduce experiences of stress, anxiety and pain in children.  Phase II of our study will be conducted in collaboration with the Blood Lab at BC Children's hospital to understand the impact of our interactive, biofeedback application on children's experience of pain and anxiety during an acute medical procedure.  Our goal is to make this APP available to the children of BC.

    Somatoform Symptom and related disorders are complex conditions that represent a convergence of medical and psychological conditions that are often confusing for families and require a common language and team-based approach to treatment.  Mental Health Services  and Medical Psychology have collaborated to provide a 6 week psycho-educational group for children, youth and their parents called the Mind-Body Connection Group based on needs identified by patients and families.  We are evaluating individual and group outcomes based on participation in this group based initiative and are currently planning to run our 6th group in the spring of 2016.  Members of the BCCH Integrative Health Working Group have developed extensive resources for clinicians and families that will be widely available to build capacity and support a cohesive and consistent approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment models of these disorders.

    Selected Publications
    • Christian  Petersen,  Görges, M., Todorova, E., Newlove, T. Ansermino, M. "Use of photoplethysmogram-derived respiratory sinus arrhythmia as real-time feedback for voluntary deep breathing in children." Submitted for review Feb 2016: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

    • Dan Cojocaru, Skarsgard, E., Strahlendorf, C., Kozak, F.,  Sneddon, P., , Duffy, D and, T. Newlove.  "DO ASK, DO TELL: An Interactive Model of Physician Wellness. Poster Presentation." 2016 Western Student and Resident Medical Research Forum, 28 January , 2016., Carmel, California, USA.
    • Sravan Jaggumantri,  Dunbar, M, Edgar,V.,  Mignone,C., Newlove,T.,  Elango, R.,   Collet, J.P., Sargent,M. Stockler-Ipsiroglu, S.  and C. D.M. van Karnebeek, MD, PhD. "Treatment of Creatine Transporter (SLC6A8) Deficiency With Oral S-Adenosyl Methionine as Adjunct to L-arginine, Glycine, and Creatine Supplements." Pediatric  Neurology. Volume 53, Issue 4, October 2015, Pages 360–363.e2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2015.05.006 PMID: 26205312
    • Evans, Kathi, Smythe, M., Penner, C., Lakhani, A.,Barker, C., Newlove, T., Stanford, E. and K. Jacobson. "'Stone Soup': A recipe for access and delivery of psychosocial support for children with IBD." North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, October 7-11,2015. Washington DC. 
    • Chapman, A., Newlove, T. and E. Stanford. "Integrative Health for Somatization. (workshop presentation)." Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Sept 30, 2015. Vancouver, B.C.
    • Petersen, C., Todorova, E., Newlove, T. & JM Ansermino. "A smartphone biofeedback game to manage anxiety and stress in children." (accepted Poster Presentation). International Symposium of Pediatric Pain May 31-June 4, 2015. Seattle, Washington.
    • Petersen, C., Todorova, E., Newlove, T. & JM Ansermino. "A smartphone biofeedback game to manage anxiety and stress in children." (accepted Poster Presentation). International Symposium of Pediatric Pain May 31-June 4, 2015. Seattle, Washington.
    • Newlove, T. & D. Hart. "We do it better together: A collaborative approach to a Biopsychosocial Model of Care. (accepted workshop presentation)." Child Life Council 33rd Annual Conference on Professional Issues, 23 May 2015. Cincinnati, Ohio.
    • L. Johnson, T. Newlove & E. Todorova. "Tea at 3: A Quality of Care Model of Nursing Support and Debriefing." Poster presentation at The Quality Forum, February 2015. Vancouver, BC.
    • Stocker-Ipsiroglu, S., C. van Karnebeek, N. Longo, G.C. Koreke, S. Mercimek-Mahmutoglu, I. Marquart, B. Barshop, C. Grolik, A. Schlune, B. Angle, H.C. Araújo, T. Coskun, L. Diogo, M. Geraghty, G.Haliloglu, V. Konstanopoulour, V. Leuzzi, A. Levtova, J. Mackenzie, B. Maranda, A.A. Mhanni, G. Mitchell, A. Morris, T. Newlove, D. Renaud, F. Scaglia, V. Valayannopoulos, F.J. van Spronsen,K.T. Verruggen, N. Yuskiv, W. Nyhan and A. Schulze. "Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase (GAMT) deficiency: outcomes in 48 individuals and recommendations for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring." Molecular genetics and metabolism 111.1 (2014): 16-25. PMID: 24268530
    • Van Karnebeek, C.D., W.S. Sly, C.J. Ross, R. Salvarinova, J. Yaplito-Lee, S. Santra, C. Shy, G.A. Horwath, P. Eydoux, A.M. Lehman, V. Bernard, T. Newlove, H. Ukpeh, A. Chakrapani, M.A. Preece, S. Ball, J. Pitt, H.D. Vallance, M. Coulter-Mackie, H. Nguyen, L.H. Zhang, A.P. Bhavsar, G. Sinclair, A. Waheed, W.W. Wasserman, and S. Stockler-Ipsiroglus. Mitochondrial carbonic anhydrase VA deficiency resulting from CA5A alterations presents with hyperammonemia in early childhood. The American Journal of Human Genetics 94.3 (2014): 453-461. PMID: 24530203
    Honours & Awards
    • Award of Excellence with Distinction for 'Youth Friendly Care'
    Research Group Members

    Medical Psychologists:

    • Dr. Sare Akdag
    • Dr. Joanna Chung
    • Dr. Anne Fedorowicz
    • Dr. Tara Jukes
    • Dr. Sandy Klar
    • Dr. Sarina Kot
    • Dr. Jocelyn Lessard
    • Dr. Glynis Marks 
    • Dr. Dina McConnell 
    • Dr. Erin Moon
    • Dr. Erika Penner
    • Dr. Sarah Schmidt
    • Dr. Penny Sneddon
    • Dr. Elizabeth Stanford
    • Dr. Laura-Lynn Stewart 
    • Dr. Beverly Walpole


    • Dr. Lindsay McBride, Post-Doctoral Fellow
    • Dr. Janine Slavec, Post-Doctoral Fellow