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We provide short-term therapy to women and their partners going through a difficult pregnancy or postpartum period.


The Psychology Department provides clinical service in  the Neonatal Follow-Up Program at BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre.  We provide follow-up assessment to children who as infants were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Our Team

Psychology leadership

Dr Theresa Newlove, R. Psych. 
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology UBC 
Department Head 
Professional Affiliations: College of Psychologists of British Columbia, BC Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association

Dr Emily Piper, R. Psych.
Clinical Training Lead

Staff list

Dr Mandy Chen 

Dr. Mandy Chen joined the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic in 2014. Dr Petrie Thomas’ primary clinical role is to provide ongoing assessment of ‘high-risk’ children recruited at birth from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Dr Julie Petrie Thomas 
Infant and Early Childhood Development Consultant 

As Developmental Clinical Consultant in the Psychology Department at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, Dr Julie Petrie Thomas is a full-time staff member in the Neonatal Follow-up Program (NFUP). Dr Petrie Thomas’ primary clinical role is to provide ongoing assessment of ‘high-risk’ children recruited at birth from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In this context Dr Petrie Thomas provides consultation to families regarding emerging and established patterns of their child’s cognition, learning and behavior, and provides families with targeted interventions and information re: effective resources. Dr Petrie Thomas has particular expertise with the very preterm population, for which she conducts research with a focus on early detection of markers of brain integrity and development. Dr Petrie Thomas’ research findings shed light on the longitudinal development of executive functions (infancy to school age). In the community Dr Petrie Thomas is an active member of the Western Association for Infant Mental where she served as President (2011-2013). Professional Affiliations: Western Canadian Association for Infant mental Health (WCAIMH), American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

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