Hannah Pazderka, BA (Hon), PhD

EDI Project Manager, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Psychiatry Dept

Pronouns: she, her

Contact

EDI Project Manager, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Psychiatry Dept
Email
hannah@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

trauma emotional regulation reward seeking impulsivity


About

Dr. Pazderka gained her PhD in Neuroscience in 2004 through the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, studying the phenomenon of craving in drug and alcohol addiction. After obtaining her degree, she gained experience in the area of public policy at the Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB), where she served as their Concurrent Disorders lead, spearheading development of the concurrent disorder telehealth videoconference series, eventually becoming the manager of Research and Scientific Initiatives. She spent five years at the AMHB, working on projects just as the Alberta Centennial Mental Health Research Chairs Program, and the annual Mental Health Research Showcase which drew international presenters. After this, Dr. Pazderka joined CASA Child and Adolescent Mental Health as their Director of Research, where she helped develop their Research Strategic Framework. Most recently, her work has continued to focus on child and adolescent mental health, with positions leading the Alberta rollout of the PAX Good Behavior Game initiative to 30 schools across the province, the effects of the 2016 wildfire on adolescent mental health in Fort McMurray, and her current role as Director of Research at the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch, a non-profit organization devoted to the treatment of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Dr. Pazderka is an adjunct professor with the Department of Psychiatry. Her primary research interests are in the response to trauma, particularly its links to reward seeking, emotional regulation, and impulsive behaviour. She is also interested in the phenomenon of mass traumatization and how this differs from individual-level trauma. This includes the study of how PTSD symptoms are affected by variables such as previous trauma (retraumatization), group context (contagion), and the distinction between shared vs. private trauma.


Research

Recent Publications

Polzin, W., Reeson, M., Pazderka, H., Agyapong, V., Greenshaw, A.J., Hnatko, G., Wei, Y., Szymanski, L., & Silverstone, P.H. Rates of multigenerational adverse child experiences (ACEs) surprisingly high in both caregivers and victims of child sexual abuse (CSA). (In preparation for submission to BMC Public Health). 

Pazderka, H., Reeson, M., Polzin, W., L, Hnatko, G., Wei, Y., Agyapong, V., Greenshaw, A.J., & Silverstone, P.H. Five year cost savings of multimodal treatment for trauma resulting from child sexual abuse (CSA): An SROI Study. (Submitted to BMC Health Services Research). 

Mao, W., Eboreime, E., Shalaby, R., Nkire, N., Agyapong, B., Pazderka, H., Obuobi-Donkor, B., Adu, M.K., Owusu, E., Oluwasina, F., Zhang, Y., & Agyapong, V.I.O. Five years after the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire: Prevalence and correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among residents. (Submitted to Social Science & Medicine).

Adu, M.K., Eboreime, E., Shalaby, R., Sapara, A., Agyapong, B.A.T., Obuobi-Donkor, G., Mao, W., Owusu, E., Oluwasina, F,. Pazderka, H., & Agyapong, V.I.O. (2022). Five years after the Fort McMurray wildfire: Prevalence and correlates of low resilience. Behavioral Sciences,12(4), 96. doi: 10.3390/bs12040096

Pazderka, H, Shalaby, R., Eboreime, E., Mao, W., Obuobi-Donkor, G, Agyapong, B., Oluwasina, F. Adu, M.K., Owusu, E.; Sapara A., and Agyapong, V.I.O. (2022). Isolation, economic precarity, and previous mental health issues as predictors of PTSD status in females living in Fort McMurray during COVID-19. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Special Research Topic "Pathways of Risk, Resilience and Recovery: Impact of Stress and Trauma on Women and Girls". doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.837713

Mao, W., Eboreime, E., Shalaby, R., Nkire, N., Agyapong, B., Pazderka, H., Obuobi-Donkor, B., Adu, M.K., Owusu, E., Oluwasina, F., Zhang, Y., & Agyapong, V.I.O. (2022). One year after the flood: Prevalence and correlates of post-traumatic stress disorder among residents in Fort McMurray. Behavioral Sciences,12(3), 69. doi: 10.3390/bs12030069

Shalaby, R., Eboreime, E., NKire, N., Agyapong, B., Pazderka, H.; Obuobi-Donkor, G, Adu, M., Mao, W., Owusu, E.; Oluwasina, F., and Agyapong, V.I.O. (2022). COVID 19 pandemic in a vulnerable population: Prevalence and correlates of anxiety. Behavioral Sciences,12, 13. doi: 10.3390/bs12010013

Agyapong, B., Eboreime, E., Shalaby, R., Pazderka, H., Adu, M.K., Obuobi-Donkor, G., Mao, W., Oluwasina, F., Owusu, E., Greenshaw, A.J., and Agyapong, V.I.O. (2022). Mental health impacts of wildfire, flooding and COVID-19 on Fort McMurray school board staff and other employees: A comparative study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 435. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19010435

Pazderka, H., Brown, M.R.G., McDonald-Harker, C.B., Greenshaw, A.J., Agyapong, V.I.O., Noble, S., Mankowski, M., Lee, B., Omeje, J., Brett-MacLean, P., Kitching, D.T., Hayduk, L.A., & Silverstone, P.H. (2021). Model of post-traumatic growth in newly traumatized vs. retraumatized adolescents. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Special Research Topic "Improving Disaster Health Outcomes and Resilience through Rapid Research: Implications for Public Health Policy and Practice". doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2021.682055

Pazderka, H., Brown, M.R.G., Agyapong, V.I.O., Greenshaw, A.J., McDonald-Harker, C.B., Noble, S., Mankowski, M., Lee, B., Drolet, J.L., Omeje, J., Brett-MacLean, P., Kitching, D.T., & Silverstone, P.H. (2021). Collective trauma and mental health in adolescents: A retrospective cohort study of the effects of retraumatization. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Special Research Topic "Improving Disaster Health Outcomes and Resilience through Rapid Research: Implications for Public Health Policy and Practice". doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2021.682041

Brown, M.R.G., Pazderka, H., Agyapong, V., Greenshaw, A.J., Cribben, I., Brett-MacLean, P., Drolet, J., McDonald-Harker, C., Omeje, J., Lee, B., Mankowski, M., Noble, S., Kitching, D.T. & Silverston, P.H. (2021). Mental health symptoms in Grade 7-12 students increased during the period from 18 months to 42 months following the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire: Findings from over 9,000 survey samples. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Special Research Topic "Improving Disaster Health Outcomes and Resilience through Rapid Research: Implications for Public Health Policy and Practice". doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2021.676256

Reeson, M., Polzin W., Pazderka, H., Agyapong, V., Greenshaw, A.J., Hnatko, G., Wei, Y., Szymanski, L., & Silverstone, P.H. (2020). A novel 2-week intensive multimodal treatment program for child sexual assault (CSA) survivors shows significant mental health benefits for females aged 13-16. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 29(3): 165–176.

 Reeson, M., Greenshaw, A.J., Agyapong, V., Hnatko, G., Pazderka, H., Polzin, W. & Silverstone, P.H. (2019). Cognitive improvements in child sexual abuse victims occur following multimodal treatment program as measured by MyCognition Quotient (MyCQ). Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 7:1, doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000386

Pazderka, H., Prinz, R.J., Heidebrecht,T., Wiebe, S., Benzies, K., Hosan, N., Hoglund, W., Rinaldi, C., Easton, D., Preston, T., Tough, S. & Embry, D.D. (2017) Testing the PAX Good Behavior Game with and without school-based parenting support: study description and practical challenges, International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 19:4, 173-188.