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Srishti Shrivastav

Srishti Shrivastav

Srishti Shrivastav

Program
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Supervisor
Dr. Meghan McDonough

Research Project Title
Best social support predictors of physical activity in cancer survivors

Background
I am entering my fourth year of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. I have always had a passion for long distance running which grew into my curiosity to explore how exercise can drastically improve an individual’s health and well-being. I decided to explore some of my interests deeply by applying to the honours program where I will be able to further enhance my skills through investigational and analytical work. I will be working on my honours project under Dr. Megan McDonough on social support and cancer survivors. I am thrilled to be working on this project as I am interested to find out about how social relationships are associated with human behaviour,and how social support could prove to be beneficial to cancer survivors during the rehabilitation process.

Career Goals
My long-term career goal is to work as a physician in healthcare public policy development. I believe in analyzing and utilizing the cutting-edge research available to develop novel policies to help better the lives of people.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TRACTION?

The TRACTION program is designed to provide trainees at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral) with a comprehensive, individualized training experience focused on learning the essentials of research in psychosocial oncology, integrative oncology and behavioural clinical trials research, through a framework of patient-oriented research. We have a first year, second year, and third year program. Integrative Oncology is defined as an evidence-based sub-specialty that uses complementary therapies (such as mind-body therapies, energy therapies, natural health products, nutritional interventions and/or exercise) in concert with medical treatment to enhance its efficacy, improve symptom control, alleviate patient distress and reduce suffering.

How do you apply for TRACTION?

To apply, you must provide your CV (first years only), the completed application form, and a letter of intent. THe letter of content must be a maximum of one page for first and second year fellows, and a paragraph for third year fellows. Please contact us for eligibility.

When can you apply for TRACTION?

Application opens at the end of June and closes in July each year (dates may vary).

Will TRACTION provide an allowance for travel and materials?

Yes, TRACTION fellows are provided an allowance based on their education level. The allowance is provided for travel costs to conferences that would qualify under the TRACTION program. The allowance also assists with courses that can be taken to benefit the fellow in their research project associated to TRACTION, and any materials that may be needed to complete the project. For more information on conferences and TRACTION allowance please contact the TRACTION administrator.

Does TRACTION provide addition salary support?

Yes, if eligible. In order to be eligible the fellow must be a graduate or post doctoral student. The student must have applied for external sources for funding in order to qualify. Salary support only goes to first year TRACTION fellows. Amount provided will vary.

Am I Eligible for TRACTION?

TRACTION eligibility: • Students must be currently enrolled in a program of study that includes research training in some aspect of integrative oncology. Priority will be given to those conducting clinical research. • Students must be studying at the University of Calgary under one of the TRACTION program mentors.

What is the Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR) program?

The MBCR program involves training cancer patients in mindfulness practices through guided meditations and gentle mindful movements. Dr. Linda Carlson and colleagues have been delivering the MBCR program since 1998 at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, University of Calgary.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surroundings without judging them. An example of a judgement, would be that there is a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment or experience in our lives. When practicing mindfulness, our awareness tunes away from judgement and into what we’re experiencing in the present moment. We learn to stay in the present instead of bringing up the regrets of the past or the worries of the future.

What are the benefits of participating in the MBCR program?

MBCR has shown to be effective in impacting biological and psychosocial outcomes, such as symptoms of stress, quality of life, mood disturbance and stress hormones.

Can anyone learn mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be learned by practicing certain types of meditations, and postures. The practice of mindfulness can be learned by anyone and it is not tied to any specific religious or spiritual worldview.

What is the Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR) program?

The MBCR program involves training cancer patients in mindfulness practices through guided meditations and gentle mindful movements. Dr. Linda Carlson and colleagues have been delivering the MBCR program since 1998 at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, University of Calgary.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surroundings without judging them. An example of a judgement, would be that there is a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment or experience in our lives. When practicing mindfulness, our awareness tunes away from judgement and into what we’re experiencing in the present moment. We learn to stay in the present instead of bringing up the regrets of the past or the worries of the future.

What are the benefits of participating in the MBCR program?

MBCR has shown to be effective in impacting biological and psychosocial outcomes, such as symptoms of stress, quality of life, mood disturbance and stress hormones.

Can anyone learn mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be learned by practicing certain types of meditations, and postures. The practice of mindfulness can be learned by anyone and it is not tied to any specific religious or spiritual worldview.

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