Associate Professor – Status only (Primary)
“I want to be sure that individuals with cancer receive the highest quality of care to reduce the burden of living with this disease.”
Dr. Doris Howell has an extensive clinical background in cancer care. As a researcher, her main goal is to optimize the quality of cancer care and empower patients as co-producers of health and well-being. At U of T Nursing, Dr. Howell developed the Clinical Nursing Stream – Oncology curriculum in the master’s program.
A mixed-method researcher, Dr. Howell has two thematic research areas; they’re focused on health services outcomes effectiveness and clinical interventions in cancer populations. She uses patient-reported outcome data and translates evidence into better clinical care and/or testing models of care (that is, nurse-led, tailoring CDSM models to cancer, survivorship transition care).
Her clinical research aims to understand the role of a patient’s central perception and evaluation of complex symptoms – such as fatigue, pain and breathlessness – on symptom response and behaviour to inform the development of theory and behavioural self-management intervention trials.
Dr. Howell holds the RBC Chair, Oncology Nursing Research and Education, University Health Network. She is a Scientist with the Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Ontario Cancer Institute, University Health Network. She is an Adjunct Scientist, Division of Preventive Oncology, Cancer Care Ontario; and an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She is the Co-Director of the Ontario Patient Reported Outcomes Symptoms and Toxicity Applied Research Unit. Dr. Howell is cross-appointed to U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and its Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation within the Faculty of Medicine.
- Academic Credentials
- 2004 – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, McMaster University, Hamilton 2003 – PHD, University of Toronto 1983 – MScN, University of Toronto 1979 – BScN, University of Ottawa
- Dr. Howell’s PubMed link is available here.