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Dr. Elizabeth Stanford: "It takes a team to provide holistic health care"

Dr. Elizabeth Stanford is the new head of psychology for BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
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​Elizabeth is bringing her dedication and enthusiasm, as well as her clinical expertise, to lead the team of over 45 psychologists, staff, residents and fellows to support the delivery of excellent, evidence-based psychological care.

"In this role, I'm excited to be able to support my psychologist colleagues by being a resource and advocate for them, and to do my part to foster the innovative clinical care and research that happens here," says Elizabeth.

"Our psychologists are doing amazing work in pioneering new ways to help patients with complex issues and their families who come to clinics or to stay at the hospital, but also in collaborating with community partners across the province to support care close to home."

Before starting in her new role last month, Elizabeth worked on the medical psychology team doing inpatient and outpatient assessment, therapy, consultation and group work, as well as administrative work as the associate head of psychology.

"I'm proud of the work I have done in my career at Sunny Hill Health Centre and BC Children's so far and I'm excited to build on that. The relationships we have with our colleagues across medicine, nursing  and allied health disciplines on the BC Children's and BC Women's Hospital, and Sunny Hill campuses are been extremely rewarding and I see these relationships as one of our biggest strengths in continuing to champion exceptional care," says Elizabeth.

Collaboration across teams

"I love working at Children's and Women's because we have so many people working here doing amazing collaborative work, which is something I'm really passionate about. It's an inspiring and dynamic environment," says Elizabeth.

"We're in a time where there is a strong acknowledgement, on campus and in the wider world, that children's health needs to be considered in a very holistic way, encompassing physical health and mental health. It takes a team to provide truly holistic health care and this is why interdisciplinary collaboration is so important to me."

Looking to the future, Elizabeth is excited to get started in the role and is looking forward to upcoming milestones on campus.

"In the future, I'm really looking forward to having the team at Sunny Hill join us on campus so we can work even more seamlessly with them. They are going to have an inspiring new space. I feel now is a time where we're not only growing physically as a campus but also growing together as an organization."

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