Rika Tanaka, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cardiac eHealth

Psychiatry Fellow, University of Toronto




Dr. Tanaka is a Post-Doctoral Fellow on the Cardiac eHealth team. She earned her PhD. in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University after she completed her Internship in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, in 2015. 


Dr. Tanaka’s clinical expertise focuses on providing individual and group psychotherapy and supportive counseling services to patients who are coping with a wide variety of chronic health conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Under the supervision of Dr. Nolan, she provides clinic-based psychotherapy and counseling services to patients with various cardiac conditions. Moreover, Dr. Tanaka is responsible for the development of evidence-based clinical content for the e-counseling platform in preventive cardiology. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she also examines the feasibility of a web-based group psychotherapy intervention aimed at improving quality of life and adherence to self-care in heart failure patients. 


Dr. Tanaka has extensively training in conducting research examining the developmental and cultural determinants of Asian and Mexican American mental and physical health outcomes. She continues to apply her advanced research and statistical skills to help the team to develop and evaluate the e-based services designed to support cardiac patients across Canada.   


2010 - present

2010 - present