Research and Interests
Key areas of research interest are mechanisms of mindfulness, including role of metacognitive awareness as well as relationship between cognitive aspects of mindfulness and genetics of mindfulness. Current research underway includes:
- Co-investigator on research study comparing Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy delivery models ( group vs individual vs telephone vs internet) for previously depressed hospital employees
- Quality assurance project to determine the effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy delivery in the Vancouver Hospital outpatient psychiatry department
- Group facilitator in MINDSET study, comparing impact of MBSR and supportive expressive therapy on immune function and mood in breast cancer patients
Dr. Andrea Grabovac is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. She works as a consultant psychiatrist in the Brief Intervention Unit at Vancouver Hospital where she sees acutely ill hospitalized patients. Dr. Grabovac also has an outpatient practice at the BC Cancer Agency where she uses mindfulness-based clinical interventions in her work with cancer patients who are suffering from depression and anxiety. She also co-facilitates Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy groups for prevention of depressive relapse and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction groups. Dr. Grabovac continues to provide Continuing Medical Education for mental health professionals on the relationship between spirituality and psychiatry as well as on the clinical applications of mindfulness.