Investigator, Lady Davis Institute
Psychologist, Louise Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program, Segal Cancer Centre
Assistant Professor, Departments of Oncology and Psychology, McGill University
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.
Major Research Activities
Dr. Henry is leading with Dr. Zeev Rosberger a study funded by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, entitled “Building a solid knowledge foundation: A research program to innovate psychosocial care and reduce health care costs for head and neck cancer patients” (Drs. Melissa Henry (PI), Zeev Rosberger (PI), Saul Frenkiel, Martin Black, Michael Hier, Anthony Zeitouni, Karen Kost, Alex Mlynarek, Christina MacDonald, Christopher Longo, Juli Atherton, William Foulkes & Michael Meaney). This research program focuses on understanding predictors of quality of life trajectories in head and neck cancer patients, including gene-environment interactions. Dr. Henry is also leading with Dr. S Robin Cohen a study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Cancer Institute, entitled “Randomized controlled trial of the Meaning-Making intervention (MMi) in patients newly diagnosed with advanced cancer: A pilot study” (Drs. Melissa Henry (PI), S. Robin Cohen (PI), Daren Heyland, Robert Platt, Laurent Azoulay, Walter Gotlieb, Susie Lau, Khalil Sultanem, Gerald Batist & Bernard Lapointe).
Henry, M., Huang, L.N., Sproule, B. & Cardonick, E. (2012, In Press). The psychological impact of a cancer diagnosed during pregnancy: Determinants of long-term distress. Psycho-Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.1926.
Henry, M., Trickey, B., Huang, L.N. & Cohen, S.R. (2012). How is cancer recently portrayed in Canadian newspapers compared to twenty years ago? Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(1), 49-55.
Henry, M., Cohen, R., Lee, V., Sauthier, P., Provencher, D., Drouin, P., Gauthier, P., Gotlieb, W., Lau, S., Drummond, N., Gilbert, L., Stanimir, G., Sturgeon, J., Chasen, M., Mitchell, J., Huang, L.N., Ferland, M.-K. & Mayo, N. (2010). The Meaning-Making intervention (MMi) appears to increase meaning in life in advanced ovarian cancer: A randomized controlled pilot study. Psycho-Oncology, 19(12), 1340-1347. DOI: 10.1002/pon.1764.