null Virginia Lee, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Cancer Research Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



cancer • distress • well-being • ehealth • evidence-based interventions •

Research Focus

My research focuses on the development, evaluation, and transfer into practice of supportive care interventions in order to enhance the quality of life of cancer patients and their families. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic approaches to improve the wide spectrum of the patient experience of cancer, including its psychological and existential meaning, the appraisal and management of symptoms caused by the disease and its treatment, and the navigation of health care services. My research program has branched out to include developing interventions for young adults with cancer as well as the caregivers of patients with cancer. The overall objective is to deliver evidence-based interventions via different modalities of intervention (i.e. face-to-face sessions, self administered workbooks, web-based and community–based modalities) which are personalized to each patient's particular situation in order to facilitate the self-management of cancer.

Selected Publications

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  • Lee, V. & Loiselle, C.G. (2012). The salience of existential concerns across the cancer control continuum. Palliative and Supportive Care, 10(2), 1-10.

  • Henry, M., Cohen, R., Lee, V., Sauthier, P., Provencher, D., Drouin, P., et al. (2010). The Meaning-Making intervention (MMi) appears to increase meaning in life in advanced ovarian cancer: A randomized controlled pilot study. Psycho-Oncology, 19(2), 1340-1347.

  • Lee, V. (2008). The existential plight of cancer: Meaning making as a concrete approach to the intangible search for meaning. Supportive Care in Cancer, 16(7), 779-785.

  • Lee, V., Cohen, S.R., Edgar, L., Laizner, A.M., & Gagnon, A.J. (2006). Meaning-making intervention during breast or colorectal cancer treatment improves self-esteem, optimism, and self-efficacy. Social Science & Medicine, 62(12), 3133-3145.