Prior to her role at Royal Roads University, Dr. Hartney was the resident psychologist for a Government Mental Health and Substance Use Branch, and she was project manager for the Birmingham Untreated Heavy Drinkers project, a longitudinal study of 500 untreated heavy drinkers and their relatives at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has provided treatment to people with concurrent addictions and mental health problems at the Foothills Medical Centre in Alberta, Canada. She has also held roles in alcohol, drug and problem gambling prevention, and community-based dual diagnosis support services, and was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology ad Counseling at the University of Greenwich, UK. She has authored two books, contributed to numerous government documents, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at international conferences.
Dr Hartney earned a BSc in Psychology from Middlesex University, UK, an MSc in Cognitive Science and a PhD in Psychology, both from the University of Birmingham, UK. She also holds an MA in Higher Education from the University of Greenwich, UK. She is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, and a retired registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and is listed on the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).
People with addictions struggle not only with uncomfortable symptoms and complex lifestyle issues, but also with the stigma which causes so many to live in secrecy, rarely if ever revealing the true nature of their addictive behavior. With a better understanding of addictions, those involved in addictive behaviors, as well as their families and loved ones can gain new hope, and begin to take control of their own lives.