Tara Riddell, BSc, MD

Tara Riddell, BSc, MD
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Tara Riddell is a fourth year chief psychiatry resident at McMaster University. Tara is passionate about wellness, particularly for healthcare providers and caregivers, which has led to her to serving as co-author of RESPITE (Resilience in the Era of Sustainable Physicians) and “Humanism and Resilience in Residency Training”. Tara is a lead editor of Concordia (a wellness newsletter for residents), a facilitator of both peer-support and Balint-informed groups, and co-founder of a formalized wellness curriculum. She has presented at several conferences on these initiatives and her own experiences, which include struggles with perfectionism, anxiety, and burnout. Over the last 10 years, Tara has engaged in various mindfulness practices to optimize her and others’ well-being including having recently completed a Mindful Self-Compassion course.