Cancer Communication - Investigators


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Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, Principal Investigator

is Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and a nurse anthropologist with considerable experience in both communications research and in the application of qualitative methodologies to understanding human health and illness experience.

Greg Hislop, MSc, MDCM, Co-Investigator

was a Senior Epidemiologist with the BC Cancer Research Centre with combined qualitative and quantitative methods expertise in a number of projects addressing health services organization and delivery in relation to various cancer sites. He is Clinical Professor Emeritus, UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Charmaine Kim-Sing, MD, FRCPC, Co-Investigator

is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia and a widely respected radiation oncologist with extensive experience in caring for patients with breast, prostate and skin cancers. At the BC Cancer Agency, she is actively involved in developing treatment policies and guidelines as well as patient education materials.

John Oliffe, RN, PhD, Co-Investigator

is a Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Recruited to Canada from Australia, he is developing a program of research in the field of social context and gender analysis in cancer.

Kelli Stajduhar, RN, PhD, Co-Investigator

is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria School of Nursing. Among other areas of substantive expertise, she has a developing program of research in palliative care.

Update on Former Investigators

Susan R. Harris, PT, PhD, FCAHS, Former Co-Investigator (2001-2008) is Professor Emerita in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and both a quantitative and qualitative researcher. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, she is interested in how communication with oncology care providers influences patients' experiences throughout the trajectory of cancer care.