Dr. Dobkin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at McGill University for the past 15 years. She is affiliated with McGill Programs in Whole Person Care and she teaches undergraduate and medical students out of the Departm...
Dr. Dobkin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at McGill University for the past 15 years. She is affiliated with McGill Programs in Whole Person Care and she teaches undergraduate and medical students out of the Departments of Social Studies in Medicine and Psychology. Dr. Dobkin obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology in the United States, interned at Rochester (New York) Medical Center and completed her post-doctoral training at McGill University. Her specialty is Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Dobkin has published 100 works (articles and book chapters) in medical and psychological journals and has presented her work internationally in various conference venues. She works in English and French.
Dr. Dobkin’s research aims to advance understanding of the processes which underlie the link between biological and psychosocial phenomena in medical patients. She conducts clinical trials of psychosocial interventions aimed at improving patient’s mental and physical health outcomes. In 2004-2005 she took her sabbatical leave to work with the Quebec Health Technology Assessment Agency. At the request of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, she wrote a report entitled, “Management of chronic (non-cancer) pain: Organization of health services.” Other areas of research include: patients’ adaptation to early arthritis; predictors of relapse in patients with Crohn’s disease; multimodal treatment for fibromyalgia; determinants of quality of life in juvenile idiopathic arthritis; and adherence to treatment recommendations across patient populations. These funded studies are conducted with multidisciplinary teams including rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, physiotherapists, and statisticians.
In the past 7 years Dr. Dobkin has provided and studied a psychosocial program entitled, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). While most research pertaining to this program demonstrates positive mental and physical health outcomes, few have examined the processes underlying these benefits. Moreover, there is a paucity of research with regard to how MBSR impacts health professional’s well-being. Thus far, 10 papers, a book chapter [Dobkin, P.L. (2011). Mindfulness and Whole Person Care. In: Hutchinson, T.A. (Ed.). Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century. 1st ed. p. 69-82.; and an editoral (Dobkin, P (2009). Fostering Healing Through Mindfulness in the Context of Medical Practice [Guest Editorial]. Current Oncology, 16(2), 4-6.) have been published on this topic. A manuscript using qualitative data collected with the health care professionals who have completed the Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice course has recently been accepted for publication (Irving, J., Park, J., Fitzpatrick, M., Dobkin, P. L., Chen, A., Hutchinson, T. Experiences of Health Care Professionals Enrolled in Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice: A Grounded Theory Model, and 3 other manuscripts have been submitted for publication. Future work will involve testing MBSR programs for different population groups as well as experimenting with various formats such as one day workshops in mindfulness in clinical practice as well as weekend long retreats for health care professionals.