Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Kelly Metcalfe
RN, PhD

Professor

“I am devoting my research to the study of cancer prevention and treatment in individuals at high risk of developing the disease.”

Dr. Kelly Metcalfe’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of hereditary breast cancer. She has published extensively on the psychosocial implications of preventive options, including prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy. Dr. Metcalfe has developed a decision aid for individuals with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation to help them assess their breast cancer prevention choices.

The recipient of a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dr. Metcalfe has received, among other awards, the Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Award from the Oncology Nursing Society.

Dr. Metcalfe is also an Adjunct Scientist with Women’s College Research Institute where she collaborates with the team of investigators in the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit. At the Unit Clinic, she provides counselling to women identified with a BRCA mutation to help facilitate their decision-making about the options that are available to prevent breast cancer.

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  • Academic Credentials
    2002 – PhD, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
    1996 – BScN, University of Western Ontario, London
  • Publications
    Dr. Metcalfe’s PubMed link is available here.

PhD Students / Trainees

Catriona Buick

Understanding Adherence Behaviours in Women with Premalignant Cervical Abnormalities and Knowledge of Their Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Status

Catriona Buick’s research is primarily focused on the prevention of cervical cancer. Using a biopsychosocial framework, her dissertation aims to examine the impact of oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) diagnosis on adherence to recommended screening behaviours in women. By identifying the prevalence and predictors of screening adherence, her future work will contribute to the design and evaluation of tailored interventions that address these modifiable behaviours within high-risk subgroups of the population.

Susan Clarke

Predictors of Quality of Life in Long-Term Survivors of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation

This cross-sectional study will examine predictors of quality of life in patients who have survived beyond two years post allogeneic stem cell transplantation. The study will identify the rehabilitation needs in this population.

Jacqueline Galica

Jacqueline Galica is interested in the skills that cancer survivors use to cope with their psychosocial concerns, particularly their fear of recurrence. Fear of recurrence has been found to exist in 27 to 80 per cent of survivor samples and has been predominantly assessed in survivors of breast cancer. Her goal is to generate evidence about understudied populations, while recruiting the highest numbers of survivors from cancers that affect both sexes.

Samantha Mayo

Prospective Evaluation of Cognitive Functioning Following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Cognitive functioning may be affected by cancer treatment, including allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT). Samantha Mayo’s study will evaluate the cognitive functioning of alloHSCT recipients over the first six months after transplant with the aim of describing how cognitive functioning may change over time, which patients may be most vulnerable to these effects and what the consequences of these effects may be. To this end, participants will complete standardized neuropsychological testing and questionnaires at three time points: prior to transplant, and at 100 days and six months post-transplantation. Linear mixed effects models and correlational analyses will form the basis of the analytic procedure. It is the aim that the findings from this study will inform future clinical approaches to assisting patients prepare for and manage these changes as they recover from cancer treatment.

Orla Smith

Prevalence and Predictors of Anxiety, Depression and Risk for Post-Traumatic Stress in Family Members of Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: The ICU-ADAPTS Survey

Orla Smith is conducting a cross-sectional, multicentre, interviewer-administered survey study of family members of critically ill adults. The primary objective is to explore modifiable and non-modifiable patient, family member and decision-making characteristics that predict symptoms of anxiety, depression and risk for post-traumatic stress in this population. If modifiable predictors of psychological distress can be identified, targeted support interventions can be developed and tested.

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