Kirsti Toivonen

M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Psychology, Oncology

M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

University of Calgary

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Research and teaching

Research Project

A mixed-methods study examining factors associated with adjuvant endocrine therapy use after breast cancer


Supervisors: Dr. Linda E. Carlson & Dr. Tavis Campbell

Kirsti Toivonen completed her HBA at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. For the past five years she traded the lakes for the mountains to study clinical psychology at the University of Calgary. She received her MSc in 2017 and is currently finishing her dissertation.

Kirsti is broadly interested in behavioural medicine with a special interest in psychosocial oncology. She also has interests in adherence, sexual health, and intervention development, which she has been able to explore through research collaborations. She would love to develop a research program dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals with chronic illness.

Kirsti is currently a clinical psychology resident at the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium in her hometown of Thunder Bay. In her spare time she enjoys reading, art, listening to music, and weightlifting. She also looks forward to being able to travel again someday in a post-COVID world!


See Kirsti’s ResearchGate profile for a list of her publications, click here.


Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Graduate Studentship (2019-21)

Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship (2018-20)

Training in Research and Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology

     Fellowship (2017-20)                                                                        

CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate    

     Scholarship – Doctoral Award (2017-20)         

U of C Silver Anniversary Recruitment Graduate Fellowship (2017)

CIHR Master’s Scholarship, U of C (2015-17)