Dr. Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC

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 has developed the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program at the Vancouver Hospital psychiatry outpatient department, and is doing a quality assurance research study to determine the effectiveness of MBCT delivery in a Canadian clinical setting.

She leads Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups at the BC Cancer Agency and is currently involved in a multicenter study that compares the impact of two interventions, MBSR and supportive expressive group therapy, on stress reduction and cortisol levels.

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. She is Course Director for the mandatory 6 hour “Interface between Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry” course for psychiatry residents, which was awarded a $30,000 grant from the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health for further course development.