Behaviour Change Institute - BCI



Dr. Jill Chorney

I am a psychologist who works with youth with chronic pain and Associate Professor in Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie


This site is intended for the use of healthcare professionals with an interest in helping people make healthy lifestyle changes that are realistic and sustainable.

The principles presented on this site are derived from the academic literature and based on psychological theories of change.

Visitors to this site are encouraged to consider how the information contained can aid them in their work to promote healthy change, but must maintain professional responsibility and accountability for their actions.


Nova Scotia Health Authority

Dr. Michael Vallis

I am a health psychologist and Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Dalhousie

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggely

I am a health psychologist and Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Dalhousie

Jennifer Hayley, M.A.

I am a psychologist and serve as the main trainer for the BCI

IWK Health Centre

Dr. Elizabeth McLaughlin

I am a psychologist who works with .....

Dr. Joanne Gillespie

I am a psychologist who works with youth....

Dr. Tara Sampalli

I am the Director of Research for Primary Care at NSHA and manager for BCI

Lisa MacIsaac


Core Faculty

Administrative Faculty

Chronic disease outcomes almost always require sustained behaviour change on the part of the individual living with chronic disease. As such, the dominant model advocated within health systems includes a strong emphasis on self-management and therefore self-management support for the provider. Many providers, trained in a expert “teach and tell” biomedical perspective, are challenged with self-management support roles.

The BCI provides training that supports the provider, and system managers, in delivering self-management support interventions that involve behaviour change. Specifically, the BCI training program is anchored in four principles of behaviour change counselling:
1 - Establishing change-based relationships
2 - Defining behaviour, determining and promoting readiness to 
3 - Behaviour modification when ready
4 - Addressing psychosocial determinants of behaviour within scope of practice