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CANO Research Committee Bio Information – 2017

Chair: Christine Maheu (Quebec)


Scientific Review Panel Chair:

Members: Areonela Benea (Ontario), Kristen Haase (Saskatchewan), Leah Lambert (BC), Virginia Lee (Quebec), Manon Lemonde (Ontario), Sally Thorne (BC), Krista Wilkins (New Brunswick)

CANO/ACIO Research Committee Terms of Reference




Christine Maheu, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD

2012 to present

Christine holds an Associate Professor position with McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing. At McGill, her primary area of teaching is training nurses pursuing graduate studies to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research. Dr. Maheu’s research interests include cancer survivorship intervention research, genetic testing, and health capitals among minority groups for breast cancer prevention, and psychosocial and behavioural impacts of breast /ovarian cancer and of being at risk for inherited cancers. Her other applied interests are developing interventions that address the following psychosocial issues: cancer survivorship, fear of cancer recurrence, uncertainty about risk for new diseases, coping, distress, acute stress, return to work. Dr. Maheu currently holds affiliate scientist appointments with the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Cancer Program and with the Cancer Survivorship Program, ELLICSR, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network. She also has a cross-appointment as associate professor, status only, with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She has been working with the Canadian partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) on portfolios ranging from transition care, prostate cancer, and return to work. With current funds received from CPAC, Dr. Maheu and her team are developing a return to work website,, to provide interactional resources for cancer survivors, health care providers, and employers/insurers towards successful return to work.

Dawn Stacey, RN, PhD, CON(C)

2014 to present

Dawn is a Full Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa, where she holds a University Research Chair in Knowledge Translation to Patients. She is also the Scientific Director of the Patient Decision Aids Research Group at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. At the University of Ottawa, she teaches research, supervises graduate students (masters, doctorates, post-doctorates), mentors practicing nurses in research, and conducts research (in English/French). Her research is focused on patient decision aids; decision coaching; implementation of research into practice; telephone-based nursing, and interprofessional approaches to shared decision making. Her research crosses many clinical areas including cancer. For example, she leads the Pan-Canadian Oncology Symptom Triage and Remote Support research team. She has a research program website ( Dawn has been a member of CANO/ACIO since 1991, past president of the Ottawa Chapter, and won CANO/ACIO awards of excellence for education (2002) and research (2012). In 2015, she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. She is currently CANO/ACIO’s Director-at-Large for Research.

Aronela Benea, RN, MScN

2013 to present

Aronela is an Advanced Practice Nurse at the After Cancer Treatment Transition Clinic, Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Aronela started her nursing career in Romania in 1990. After moving to Canada in 2006, she obtained her BScN degree in the Internationally Educated Nurses Program (2009) and her MScN degree (2012) from York University. She is the recipient of a couple of awards and scholarships from York University, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, and Canadian Nurses Foundation. She has worked in oncology research and clinical care since 2008. In her current role, she provides cancer survivorship care to patients with various cancers and facilitates their transition back to primary care practitioners. She is also a de Souza Institute External Faculty member. Aronela has a special interest in cancer survivorship care and research. Her research interests are related to late and persistent effects post cancer treatment, psycho-social aspects of cancer journey and self-management support training for oncology health care professionals.

Kristen Haase RN, PhD(c)

2015 to present

Kristen is doctoral candidate at the University of Ottawa and a lecturer with the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Kristen has held nursing positions in emergency, orthopedics, medicine and research in a variety of rural and urban settings. Kristen’s doctoral work has been supported by a fellowship from the CIHR strategic training program in psychosocial oncology (PORT) and a doctoral fellowship from Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Interventions en Sciences Infirmières du Québec (GRIISIQ). Kristen’s dissertation work will explore how the use of internet information and support by individuals with cancer shapes their understanding of illness and treatment, their relationships with providers and their use of health services.

Leah Lambert RN, PhD(c)

2016 to present


Leah is a PhD Candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where she is working under the supervision of Dr. Lynda Balneaves. Leah’s doctoral work has been supported by a doctoral fellowship from UBC and by a fellowship from the CIHR strategic training program in psychosocial oncology. Leah’s dissertation work is focused on exploring why breast cancer survivors have suboptimal levels of adherence to prescribed adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) and to identify survivor- and health care provider-informed strategies for optimizing adherence to AET. After her doctoral degree Leah plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship to support her in furthering this research agenda, including developing and evaluating novel adherence intervention strategies to address the complex, multi-faceted issue of long-term adherence to AET.

Virginia Lee RN, PhD

2016 to present


Virginia is a Nurse Scientist based at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal where she is Interim Associate Director of Nursing Research and a member of the RI-MUHC Cancer Research Program. She is also Assistant Professor at the McGill University Ingram School of Nursing. She currently leads a program of research to understand the physical, cognitive, emotional, and existential experience of cancer at diagnosis, during active treatment, and at end of life. She is particularly interested in the study of meaning –making approaches and other modifiable thought processes that can lead to supportive care interventions to facilitate post-traumatic growth. Her research has contributed to gains in knowledge and real changes in accessibility to patient resources and nursing care practices. She currently supervises graduate students, mentors clinical fellows, and partners with nurse clinicians to conduct knowledge translation projects on clinical and professional practice issues that affect patients from across the cancer trajectory. Her research is supported by a FRQS Chercheur Boursier Clinicien Award, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, The Newton Foundation, and the FRQS Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research. She is a regular contributing member of CANO, most recently completing a term as co-chair of the 2013 CANO Scientific Program Committee.

Manon Lemonde, RN, PhD

2017 to present

Manon Lemonde is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa since July 2003. Prior to joining UOIT, she was an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Laurentian University in Sudbury where she was extensively involved in the delivery of the francophone baccalaureate program since 1987.

She received her BScN, MScN and her PhD in biomedical sciences from the Université of Montréal. Her dissertation is titled: Quality of Life of Patients with Advanced Stages of Lung Cancer. She has many publications and presentations related to symptom management in patients with cancer, diabetes, and having social support needs. Since her arrival at UOIT, she has been involved in projects for new grad, late career nurses, preceptor/mentor programs, health care services for French speaking seniors, cultural competence and chronic disease management particularly seniors undergoing chemotherapy. Her community research is exploring health promotion and prevention programs for minority groups.

Sally Thorne, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD

2011 to present

Sally is a longtime faculty member at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, including a term as Director from 2002-2010. Her primary teaching field is philosophy of nursing science, theorizing nursing, and research applications. She has developed methodological applications for qualitative research guided by nursing and applied health logic, and has worked to expand understandings of evidence arguments within a clinical discipline. Her program of research has been in the area of cancer and chronic illness experience, with a particular emphasis on the impact that dominant scientific orientations and population health ideologies have on the human experience of seeking and obtaining appropriate care within the Canadian context. She leads an interdisciplinary research team working on knowledge transfer in relation to everyday communications in cancer care. Formerly Board Chair of the BC Cancer Agency, a founding Board Member of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Past Chair of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and a Board member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, she has also served on NCIC/CCSRI and CIHR Psychosocial and Behavioral Research Panels. Sally is Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Inquiry, and Associate Editor of Qualitative Health Research and CONJ. She served on the CANO/ACIO Board as Director-at-Large for Research from 2011 to 2014.

Krista Wilkins, RN, BSc, BScN, MN, PhD

2012 to present

Krista is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton. She received her Bachelor of Science Honours degree in psychology (1997) and Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (2002) from Dalhousie University. She obtained a Master’s of Nursing with a focus in cancer nursing (2005) from the University of Manitoba. Krista is the first graduate of University of Manitoba’s innovative PhD in Cancer Control (2010), a joint program offered by the Faculty of Nursing and Department of Community Health Sciences. Krista is an early-stage researcher, building a program of psychosocial cancer research with a focus on cancer survivorship. She is a member of the Canadian Task Force on Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, and Associate Member of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI). Krista has received a New Investigator Award from BCHRI and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF); Merck Lectureship Award from Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO); Harrison McCain Young Scholars Award from UNB; and NBHRF’s Young Investigator of the Month for April 2016.

Last updated: November 10, 2017

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