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Dr. Elizabeth Pawluk is the Director of the Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. Dr. Pawluk is also a Psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University in 2016 followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the ATRC. She is actively engaged in clinical work, research and clinician supervision. Her main research interest focuses on testing theoretical models of generalized anxiety disorder.

Featured Publications

Pawluk, E. J., Koerner, N., Kuo, J. R., & Antony, M. M. (2018). An experience sampling study of emotion and worry in generalized anxiety disorder. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Pawluk, E. J., Koerner, N., Tallon, K., & Antony, M. M. (2017). Unique correlates of problem-solving effectiveness in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41, 881-890.

Key, B. L., Rowa, K., Bieling, P., McCabe, R., & Pawluk, E. J. (2017). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as an augmentation treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. Advanced online publication. 

Pawluk, E. J. & Koerner, N. (2016). The relationship between negative urgency and generalized anxiety disorder symptoms: The role of intolerance of negative emotions and intolerance of uncertainty. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 29, 606-615.

MacDonald, E. M, Pawluk, E. J., Koerner, N., & Goodwill, A. M. (2015). An examination of distress tolerance in undergraduate students high in symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 74-84.

Pawluk, E. J., & Koerner, N. (2013). A preliminary investigation of impulsivity in generalized anxiety disorder. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 732-737.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, SJHH and McMaster University, 2017
  • PhD, Ryerson University, 2016
  • Residency in Clinical Psychology, London Clinical Psychology Consortium, 2016
  • MA, Ryerson University, 2011
  • BA (Honours), University of Western Ontario 2008

Research Areas

Anxiety Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Worry, Experience Sampling Method

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