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Dr. Elizabeth Hartney

Dr. Elizabeth Hartney

PhD, RPsych, BCIA Certified Neurofeedback, Fellow

Quick Facts

  • Registered Psychologist (College of Psychologists of British Columbia #1918)
  • Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society #149063)
  • BCIA Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (Associate Fellow and Mentor)
  • Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association Quantitative Electrophysiology Section
  • PhD Psychology and MSc Cognitive Science (University of Birmingham), MA
  • Education (University of Greenwich), BSc (Honours) Psychology (Middlesex University)


Dr Hartney has provided neurofeedback and biofeedback assessment and treatment at the Swingle Clinic since 2008. She is a BCIA approved mentor, and supervises neurotechnicians and entry-level clinicians. She is qualified to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia, and she is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) personality test for individuals and groups. In addition, she draws from a range of therapeutic approaches, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Schema Therapy, focusing on the treatment of complex trauma, including issues related to personality, diversity, and existential anxiety.

Dr Hartney has over 25 years experience working in the field of psychology, and has provided biofeedback and neurofeedback for over 20 years. Her background includes psychometric testing, group and individual treatment, and research and health systems policy and leadership. She has previously worked as part of interdisciplinary teams at the Occupational Trauma and Stress Support Centre at the Canadian Forces Base at the Equimalt Military Hospital, the Addiction Centre at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, the Victoria Pain Clinic, and the British Columbia Ministry of Health.

Dr Hartney also has extensive academic expertise. She was Program Head of the MA Leadership (Health Specialization) at Royal Roads University, where she served as Professor of Leadership and Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research. She is an accomplished researcher and author of numerous publications, including two books on stress management and hundreds of medically reviewed online and peer reviewed journal articles, and has presented at local, national, and international conferences on addictions, stress management, and healthcare policy. Most recently, her research has focused on patient-centred care for people who use substances, supporting First Nations and Indigenous peoples in improving cultural safety within the health system, and health leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic. She was also the Program Leader of the BA Psychology at University of Greenwich, UK, and has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.