CPPENA Annual Fall meeting: Mental health for individuals living with home nutrition therapy


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

2:00 - 4:00pm ET



About the Speakers:

Tiffany Taft, PsyD, MIS
Dr. Tiffany Taft is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the social and emotional impacts of chronic digestive diseases. She graduated in 2009 with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in behavioral medicine. Her clinical training occurred at Northwestern in the gastroenterology division, as well as Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Taft is currently an Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago in the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Her research focuses on two main areas: medical trauma and post-traumatic stress patients that inflammatory bowel disease may experience, and how hypervigilance to gut symptoms impacts patient outcomes in those with chronic diseases affecting the esophagus. Dr. Taft is the recipient of multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and serves on national and international scientific advisory panels to emphasize the importance of whole-person care that includes mental health and quality of life. She also founded an independent group private practice in 2012 of psychologists and social workers who specialize in helping those with chronic medical illness in the Chicago area. Dr. Taft is also a patient and has lived with Crohn’s disease since 2002 and eosinophilic esophagitis since 2016. 

Erin Beckwell, BSW, MSW, RSW (SK)

A life-long “pot-stirrer” and “boat rocker”, Erin is a social worker, consultant, and educator who is passionate about helping create communities and organizations where all people can feel safe and connected and be as well as possible. She loves the challenge of finding creative ways to share information and stories, support one another, and provide compassionate care. 

In addition to working as a Clinical Instructor and Field Education Coordinator with the uRegina Faculty of Social Work, she is currently serving as President of the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers and is a recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service Award.

Trinity Lowthian

Trinity Lowthian is currently studying dietetics at the University of Ottawa, along with competing in wheelchair fencing for Team Canada, and completing research on pediatric clinical trials - impressively, she does all of this fueled by parenteral nutrition. Having been on PN since 2018 after failing enteral nutrition, she has had the opportunity to speak at the ASPEN conference about mental health and confidence while on PN, as well as advocating with The Oley Foundation for better mental health support for patients.


© 2023 CNS-SCN - Canadian Nutrition Society