Dr. Elizabeth Hartney’s work has focused most recently on healthcare policy in British Columbia, specifically in the areas of mental health and substance use, as well as the interconnections with primary care. She took a lead role in the development of a new mental health and substance use system of care, which will be implemented in B.C. over the next few years. She is a strong advocate for client and family-centred care, and was an early adopter of technology in psychological research and teaching. She has authored numerous publications related to stress, mental health, addictions and domestic violence, including two books. Hartney has more than twenty years of professional experience in research, education, policy and frontline healthcare services in the United Kingdom and Canada. Her areas of focus include the treatment of addiction, trauma and chronic pain, and she is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback. She is a Registered Psychologist in B.C., and a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Most recently, she was the resident psychologist for the B.C. Ministry of Health. She also has a long history of community service, and has served on the Autism Community Training Advisory Council for the past eight years. Hartney holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) from Middlesex University (1992); a Diploma of Information Technology from the Royal Society of Arts (1993); a Master of Science in Cognitive Science from the University of Birmingham (1995); a PhD Psychology from the University of Birmingham (2000) and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Greenwich (2005).

Recent Submissions

  • Educational leadership development in the Greater Victoria School District using generative dialogue: Report on Wave I 

    Hartney, Elizabeth; Borkowsky, Keith; Axe, Jo; Hamilton, Doug (Royal Roads University, 2018)
    This report documents the recorded experiences of principals and vice principals in the Greater Victoria School District, who voluntarily participated in the study of the first year of a new mandated approach to their ...
  • Indigenous mental health & substance use leadership research planning initiative: Preliminary report. 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Centre for Health Leadership and Research, Royal Roads University, 2018)
  • What to expect from antidepressant withdrawal 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Verywell Mind, 2018-07-09)
    Before you quit taking anti-depressant medication, consider why you are quitting. Remember, depression is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness if it is not properly treated. It's important to consider all of ...
  • 5 harm reduction tips for heroin users 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Verywell Mind, 2018-07-02)
    If you use heroin, you're taking your life into your hands every time you use. There are many risks and harms associated with heroin use and the drug trade that enables it. The only true way to avoid involving yourself in ...
  • Drug overdose signs and treatment 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Verywell Mind, 2018-03-07)
    Knowing an overdose definition can save lives. We hear a lot in the news about people ending up in the hospital or even dying after taking an overdose of drugs, but what exactly is an overdose? Improve your understanding ...
  • A framework for the prevention and mitigation of injury from family violence in children of parents with mental illness and substance use problems 

    Hartney, Elizabeth; Bernard, D. Kelly (Aggression and Violent Behavior, 2015)
    Recognizing the need for a more comprehensive approach to preventing child homicides that result from family violence, the authors applied Haddon’s three methods of injury prevention to the context of family violence: ...
  • The comedown, crash, or rebound effect you get after taking drugs 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Verywell Mind, 2018-06-27)
    A rebound effect, a crash, and a comedown, are all drug after-effects that cause different symptoms. It is important to understand each condition and how each set of symptoms plays a role in addiction.
  • The fentanyl crisis 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Verywell Mind, 2018-06-12)
    Although the medical use of fentanyl has declined recently, illicit fentanyl and its analogs and derivatives have become a significant part of the larger opioid crisis which has spread across the United States and Canada, ...
  • How to manage a drunk relative 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Verywell Mind, 2018-05-31)
    Situations vary among adult family members of people who drink too much. You might be a drinker yourself, or you may have decided not to follow in your relatives' footsteps, but dealing with an older relative who is often ...
  • Hypnotherapy as a treatment for addiction 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Verywell Mind, 2017)
    Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based treatment for addiction, which can also be used to treat a variety of other psychological difficulties. Hypnotherapy combines the psychological process of hypnosis with psychotherapy. ...
  • Stress management to enhance teaching quality and teaching effectiveness 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (IGI Global, 2016)
    Stress is a well-established concept in the psychological literature, and teaching, in particular, is recognized as a highly stressful profession (Hartney, 2008). Recent research shows that teacher training does not typically ...
  • A message from the guest editor 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Healthcare Management Forum, 2018)
    This special issue of the journal is focused on neuroleadership, specifically in relation to health leadership. A somewhat nebulous term, neuroleadership refers to an emerging movement within the leadership field, which ...
  • Enhancing health leadership performance using neurotherapy 

    Swingle, Paul G.; Hartney, Elizabeth (Healthcare Management Forum, 2018)
    The discovery of neuroplasticity means the brain can change, functionally, in response to the environment and to learning. While individuals can develop harmful patterns of brain activity in response to stressors, they can ...
  • A three step model of stress management for healthcare leaders 

    Hartney, Elizabeth (Healthcare Management Forum, 2018)
    The current healthcare system is often as highly stressful environment for patients, their families, and for the employees of the system. Health leaders also experience stress, which can have profound repercussions if not ...