Melissa Henry

Melissa Henry
Adjunct Professor
Department of Oncology, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University

Dr. Henry is a FRQS Clinician-Scientist at the Lady-Davis Institute for Medical Research and a psychologist at the Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in the Departments of Oncology of the Faculty of Medicine and of Psychology, as well as an associate member in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Henry’s research program focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating psychosocial interventions designed to improve quality of life (QoL) in patients with advanced cancer, particularly in the field of head and neck oncology. She is interested in preventing long- term psychological distress trajectories and promoting health through thoughtfully planned early interventions, including translational research combining the fields of psychology, oncology, neurology, immunology, and genetics. All of her studies reflect different stages of this overall research program. She is leading with Dr. Zeev Rosberger a study funded by the Fonds de recherche Québec – Santé, 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 funding builds on her previous studies underlining the need for interventions to address the overwhelming presence of unmet psychological needs in HNC patients (7 out of top 10 unmet needs). HNC patients present greater psychological morbidity (depression, anxiety, suicide) than the general cancer population. Based on a bio-psycho-social model, this FRQS-funded research program aims at identifying trajectories of psychological compromise, including gene-environment interactions as predictors and an investigation of suicidality, health behavior change, body image concerns, and cognitive function. As part of her research program, Dr. Henry has developed the preliminary version of the McGill Body Image Concern Scale for use in head and neck oncology, which will be part of an international validation study in collaboration with colleagues in Canada and the United-States. She is also leading a study funded by Genzyme, entitled “Developing and implementing a novel interdisciplinary team-based approach (ITCA-ThyCa) for newly diagnosed thyroid cancer patients” (Drs. Melissa Henry (PI), Michael Hier) and has recently led 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). Student supervision and knowledge translation is an integral part of Dr. Henry’s work.

S Lapalme-Remis and C Tremblay-Jolicoeur and R Amsel and Mélissa Henry and Brian Greenfield. (2011). Effect of research questionnaires on satisfaction with treatment care in suicidal adolescents and their parents. 20: Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry=Journal de lÁcadémie canadienne de psychiatrie de lénfant et de ládolescent: (2) pp. 107-111.

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Mélissa Henry and Brian Greenfield. (2009). Therapeutic effects of psychological autopsies. The impact of investigating suicides on interviewees. 30: Crisis: (1) pp. 20-24.

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Mélissa Henry and M Séguin and M -S Drouin. (2008). Límpact du suicide d'un patient chez des professionnels en santé mentale. Différences entre les femmes et les hommes. 21: Frontières: (1) pp. 53-63.

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Brian Greenfield and Mélissa Henry and M Weiss and S M Tse and J M Guile and G Dougherty and X Zhang and E Fombonne and E Lis and S Lapalme-Remis and B Harnden. (2008). Previously suicidal adolescents: predictors of six-month outcome. 17: Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: (4) pp. 197-201.

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M Berk and S Dodd and K Hallam and L Berk and J Gleeson and Mélissa Henry. (2008). Small shifts in diurnal rhythms are associated with an increase in suicide: the effect of daylight saving. 6: Sleep and Biological Rhythms: (1) pp. 22-25.

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M Berk and S Dodd and Mélissa Henry. (2006). Do ambient electromagnetic fields affect behaviour? A demonstration of the relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and suicide. 27: Bioelectromagnetics: (2) pp. 151-155.

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M Berk and S Dodd and Mélissa Henry. (2006). The effect of macroeconomic variables on suicide. 36: Psychological Medicine: (2) pp. 181-189.

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Mélissa Henry. (2006). Límpact du décès par suicide d'un patient chez des professionnels en santé mentale.

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Mélissa Henry and M Séguin and M -S Drouin. (2004). Les réactions des professionnels en santé mentale au décès par suicide d'un patient. 25: Revue Québécoise de Psychologie: pp. 241-257.

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Mélissa Henry and M -S Drouin and M Séguin. (2003). Límpact du décès par suicide d'un patient chez les professionnels en santé mentale. 24: Revue Québécoise de Psychologie: (1) pp. 227-242.

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