Psychosocial Research

Psychosocial Research

 PORT is a research training initiative that links Canada's top psychosocial oncology researchers across a variety of disciplines (e.g., nursing, psychology, management, medicine) and four universities (McGill, Dalhousie, University of Manitoba, and University of British Columbia) and that offers graduate level fellowships and awards to prepare young researchers to develop, test and refine effective and accessible state-of-the art psychosocial cancer care interventions. Dr. Carmen Loiselle is the PORT Program Leader and both Dr. Loiselle and Dr. Zeev Rosberger are PORT mentors.

 Sylvie Aubin, PhD
Dr. Aubin is a health psychologist specialized in psychosocial oncology, with clinical and research expertise in sexual and couple relationships after cancer. She is part of the Louise-Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program and works with both the Urologic Oncology and Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program interdisciplinary service teams. Her clinical and research activities focus on the assessment and intervention of post-treatment sexual and relationship adjustment issues.

 Sharon Bond, ts, tcf, PhD
Dr. Bond is an Assistant professor at the McGill School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry, the Director of Family Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital and the Interdisciplinary director for two American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) accredited training programs. Dr. Bond’s research is focused on attachment theory and therapeutic alliance in couple and family therapy. She has pioneered and developed an inter-institutional collaborative research initiative between three hospitals facilitating knowledge transfer between the institutions with the goal of strengthening family therapy clinical research. She also supervises and instructs McGill psychiatric residents in couple and family therapy at the Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Bond was the 2008 recipient of the Regroupement des unités de formation universitaire en travail social du Québec for exceptional contributions to teaching, research and clinical practice in Social Work in Quebec.

 S. Robin Cohen, PhD
Dr. Cohen's research is focused in the area of palliative care, with the goal of optimizing the quality of life of patients with a life-threatening illness and that of their family caregivers. She has spent several years developing outcome measures for this population. Dr. Cohen is also leading the building of a collaborative palliative and end-of-life care research community in Canada, through the development of networks and importantly, through training new scientists in this area.

 Melissa Henry, PhD
Dr. Melissa Henry is a psychologist in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Louise Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program (LG-POP) at the Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology of the Faculty of Medicine and in the Department of Psychology (Professional) at McGill University, as well as an associate member in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.


Naomi Kogan, MSW, ts
Ms. Kogan’s research is focused in the area of the experience of the caregivers coping with patients in denial. It intends to consider the impact of this poorly understood coping strategy on family caregivers, with a view towards possible clinical implications. She is involved in: “The National Patient Dignity Inventory Study- 2009-2011’’ PI Dr. Harvey Chochinov. This is a National CIHR-funded study which seeks to explore the uses of the Patient Dignity Inventory to better understand the underlying elements of distress for patients and families living with cancer. The second phase of this study intends to explore clinical approaches to dignity related themes.

 Annett Körner, PhD
Dr. Körner, a licensed Psychologist (OPQ), is a Senior Research Associate in the Louise Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program and at the Segal Cancer Centre, as well as an Assistant Professor at McGill University. Her research focus is in clinical and health psychology and her most recent work aims at the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for individuals diagnosed with skin cancer. At the Jewish General Hospital, she is currently examining how melanoma patients can best be lead through their care trajectory right from the point of diagnosis - through the tumour and cancer treatment phases, and into the resources offered in their community.

 Carmen Loiselle, PhD
Dr. Loiselle is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Nursing Research and Project Director at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, at the Jewish General Hospital. She is also Director of Oncology Nursing in the McGill Department of Oncology and Assistant Professor at the McGill School of Nursing. Her research interests include cancer-related patient information-seeking behaviour and decision making; patient-health care provider communication; psychosocial oncology; and the use of information technology in cancer care.

 Karl Looper MD, MSc
Dr. Looper is a psychiatrist specializing in psychosomatic research. His current work at the Segal Cancer Centre involves a study comparing approaches to screening for depression in patients with breast cancer; and decision making for participation in clinical trials in oncology patients. Dr. Looper supervises post-graduate research students enrolled in the Master of Psychiatry program at McGill University.

 Sylvain Néron, PhD
Dr Néron is the clinical and administrative coordinator of the Louise Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program. His research interests include utilization of clinical hypnosis for analgesia and anxiolysis in cancer symptom management and in medical and surgical procedures, and developing parallel biomarkers studies; screening for depression as a prevention of negative impact on oncological treatment compliance; and stress management and problem-solving interventions and treatments for emotional distress and disorders of cancer patients and their caregivers.

 Zeev Rosberger, PhD
Dr. Rosberger is the Director of the Louise Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program as well as the Director of the McGill Department of Oncology’s Psychosocial Oncology Program and  Psychosocial Oncology Option (PSOO) for PhD students. His research interests include the impact of gonadotoxic chemotherapies on fertility, sexual functioning, and psychosocial adjustment in young men with testicular or lymphatic cancers; psychosocial impact of HPV testing and screening for cervical cancer; screening for distress and comparative evaluation studies of depression in cancer patients; and ethical, legal, and sociobehavioural issues (ELSI) in genetic risk for cancer.

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