Andrea Grabovac


Contact info

Segal and Family Health Center
501 – 803 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, V5Z 1M9
6048776000 ext:2812

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:

  1. Co-investigator on research study comparing Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy delivery models ( group vs individual vs telephone vs internet) for previously depressed hospital employees
  2. Quality assurance project to determine the effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy delivery in the Vancouver Hospital outpatient psychiatry department
  3. Group facilitator in MINDSET study, comparing impact of MBSR and supportive expressive therapy on immune function and mood in breast cancer patients


Andrea Grabovac is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.  Her psychiatric practice focuses on inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver Hospital. Since 2006, she has been facilitating mindfulness-based treatments for sexual medicine, mood disorder and oncology populations.   Andrea is a co-investigator on two CIHR funded trials investigating Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) adapted for women with sexual disorders, and has co-authored MBCT treatment manuals for treatment of provoked vestibulodynia and low sexual desire in women.  She provides training for mental health clinicians in MBCT and Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), including 5 day intensive training retreats, monthly consultation course and mentorship through the UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute and the North American chapter of the MiCBT Institute.  More recently, she offers Fostering Resiliency 5 day and 2 day retreats for physicians and their partners.


Selected Publications

Grabovac, A, Burrell E (2018) “Standardizing Training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Canadian Psychiatry Postgraduate Programs:  A Competency-Based Framework” Academic Psychiatry vol 42(2):248-254

Grabovac, A, Burrell E, Perel-Panar, C, (2017) Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Canadian Psychiatry Postgraduate Training Programs: Attitudes and Training Availability, J Family Med Community Health 4(5): 1119.

Grabovac, A, Stages of Insight: Clinical Implications for Mindfulness Based Interventions, Mindfulness, 2015 Vol 6 (3), 589-600.

Leong, KW, Chan, P, Grabovac, A, Wilkins-Ho M,  Perri, M (2013) Changes in Mindfulness Following Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Mood Disorders, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, vol 58, No2 pps 687-691. 

Smith, S, Clark, N, Grabovac, A, Inlakesh, E and Tailor, D, (2013) “Engaging Mental Health Services in Spirituality Conversations: A Spirituality Poster and Café Spirituality”, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, vol 32, No. 2

Grabovac A, Lau M, Willett, B. (2011) Mechanisms of Mindfulness: The Buddhist Psychological Model, Mindfulness, 2:154-166.  

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