Dr. Carmen Loiselle will be stepping down as Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN) Associate Director – Research on August 31, a role she has held for the past three years. Carmen will continue her research work as a professor in ISoN and in the Oncology Department. As Co-Director (Academic) of the Segal Cancer Centre, and Senior Scientist in the Jewish General Hospital Centre for Nursing Research and the Lady Davis Research Institute, her program of research focuses on developing and investigating the effects of innovative e-health/m-health interventions on various health-related outcomes such as quality of life, empowerment and health care service use by individuals diagnosed with cancer.
Most recently, her role as Director and Principal Investigator of Dialogue McGill, housed in the Ingram School of Nursing, has taken her in a wider direction. Dialogue McGill was formed in 2004 after Health Canada launched its Official Languages Health Program. With current funding of $12 million for the period 2020 to 2023, Dialogue McGill’s three programs—Language Training, Recruitment and Retention of Health Care and Social Services Professionals, and Research Development—are providing multidisciplinary, province-wide support to address official language minorities’ issues.
We thank Dr. Loiselle for her contribution to ISoN’s mission in leading its research initiatives for the past three years and for playing a key role in the leadership of the school. As Associate Director – Research, Carmen identified the needs of ISoN researchers and re-organized the research unit to meet those needs, offered a vision for future research in ISoN for potential philanthropic opportunities, and mentored junior and mid-career researchers, among several other contributions.
Dr. Sylvie Lambert will be taking over as ISoN’s Associate Director – Research, effective September 1, 2021. Sylvie brings extensive experience to her new role. She is an associate professor at ISoN, a researcher at St. Mary’s Research Centre and a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2). She has conducted extensive research in Australia, both through the University of Newcastle and the University of New South Wales. Her research areas of interest include intervention studies to improve outcomes in patients with cancer and their family caregivers, with a focus on self-management; adapting evidence-based interventions to culturally and linguistically diverse communities; and real-world implementation of research evidence, with a focus on patient-reported outcomes (PROs). Her work includes Australia’s first longitudinal caregiver well-being study. She is also leading the largest implementation of a patient-reported outcome screening program in Quebec (e-IMPAQc). Sylvie has received several awards and research funding from a range of peer-reviewed agencies.
We thank Dr. Lambert for her many contributions towards research in ISoN to date, not the least of which has been to lead the master’s program curriculum sub-group on research until her maternity and subsequent sabbatical leaves. We look forward to Sylvie further extending the research mandate of ISoN through this new role.