Dr. Annett Körner

Associate Professor
Academic title(s): 

Co-Director, Science and Practice in Psychology (SAPP) Lab


Dr. Annett Körner
Contact Information
Email address: 
annett.korner [at] mcgill.ca

Education Building 
3700 rue McTavish 
Montréal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 

Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Professional activities: 
  • Associate Member, Department of Oncology, McGill University
  • Associate Member, Psychosocial Oncology Program, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
  • Senior Associate, Louise-Granofsky-Psychosocial Oncology Program, Segal Cancer Centre
  • Associate Investigator, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital (JGH)
Mental Health, Intervention & Psychopathology
Areas of expertise: 
  • Clinical and health psychology
  • Development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for individuals diagnosed with chronic and/or life-threatening medical conditions
  • Use of science in professional psychology
  • Knowledge translation and clinician-researcher collaboration
  • Science-based psychological and psycho-educational interventions

Dr. Körner has developed research expertise as a psychologist and psychotherapist in the areas of personality assessment, interpersonal functioning & health, and relationship schemas.
Before moving to Canada, she headed the psycho-dermatological service at the University Freiburg, which provides psychological assessment and diagnosis, as well as crisis-intervention, and short-term psychotherapeutic treatment to patients in the Department of Dermatology. Within this framework she educated physicians and nurses about the psychological aspects of dermatological conditions and on how to best adapt their interventions to the patient. She specialized in psychosocial oncology interventions that facilitate health behaviours in individuals diagnosed with skin cancer.

In 2008, Dr. Körner was invited to provide expert advice to the Canadian Partnership against Cancer, a national agency focusing on cancer prevention, enhancement of the quality of life, and the decrease of cancer mortality. At the Jewish General Hospital, she conducted research on “Interactive Education & Patient Navigation” examining how melanoma patients can best be lead through their care trajectory - from the point of diagnosis throughout their treatment phases and toward resources offered in their community.

In 2011, she became a mentor in the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT) program, which links Canada’s top psychosocial oncology researchers across a variety of disciplines and six universities. Dr. Körner's Health Psychology Research Group (HPRG)is currently evaluating the efficacy of a coping intervention program for cancer survivors with an RCT involving the JGH and the MUHC.

Her more recent work focuses on secondary prevention of melanoma based on a large scale, longitudinal study examining barriers and facilitators of health behaviours in high-risk individuals.

  • BA University of Leipzig, Germany, Psychology
  • MA University of Leipzig, Germany, Psychology
  • PhD University of Leipzig, Germany, Psychology
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Dr. Körner has received funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), the Segal Cancer Centre (JGH), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ).

Selected publications: 

Drapeau, M., & Körner, A. (In press). Où est passée la science en psychologie? Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive.

Körner, A., Roberts, N., Steele, R. J., Brosseau, D. C., & Rosberger, Z. (2018, e-first). A randomized controlled trial assessing the efficacy of a self-administered psycho-educational intervention for patients with cancer. Patient Education and Counseling. doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2018.1002

Harel D, Mills SD, Kwakkenbos L, Carrier M-E, Nielsen K, Portales A, Bartlett SJ, Malcarne VL, Thombs BD, SPIN Investigators Investigators[Körner, A. is a SPIN Investigator]. (in press). Shortening patient-reported outcome measures through Optimal Test Assembly: Application to the Social Appearance Anxiety Scale in the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network Cohort. BMJ Open.

Delisle, V. C., Gumuchian, S. T., El-Baalbaki, G., Körner, A., Malcarne, V. L., Peláez, S., . . . Scleroderma Support Group Project Advisory Team. (2018). Training and support needs of scleroderma support group facilitators: the North American Scleroderma Support Group Facilitators Survey. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1- doi:10.1080/09638288.2018.1467970

Milette, K., Thombs, B. D., Maiorino, K., Nielson, W. R., Körner, A., & Peláez, S. (2018). Challenges and strategies coping with scleroderma: Implications for a scleroderma-specific self-management program. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-10. doi:10.1080/09638288.2018.1470263

Meyer, A., Moran, C., Fitzpatrick, T., Ernst, J., & Körner, A. (2018). Oncology Volunteers: The Effect of a Personal Cancer History on Compassion and Psychological Well-Being. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(4), 398-406. doi:10.1188/1CJON.398-406

  • M.A. Counselling Psychology
  • Ph.D. Counselling Psychology
Graduate supervision: 

Accepting Master's and Ph.D. students for 2023-24

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