Sylvie Lambert

Sylvie Lambert, RN, PhD
Associate Director -- Research
Associate Professor

680 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 2M7
Office: 1811
sylvie.lambert [at]


Lambert (RN, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN), McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Sylvie is also a principal scientist at the St. Mary’s Research Centre and a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2). Sylvie obtained her PhD from McGill University in 2008 and then completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Newcastle (Australia, 2009-2011). She then joined the University of New South Wales as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellow. In 2013, she returned to her alma mater. Drawing on a background in nursing, Sylvie is leading a research focused on: 1) developing and evaluating low-cost self-care and illness self-management interventions that are sustainable to enhance translation in practice, 2) implementing real-world patient-reported outcome (PRO) and caregiver-reported outcome (CRO) screening programs, 3) adapting evidence-based self-management interventions to the needs of patients from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and their caregivers, and 4) using advanced psychometric approaches for improving the precision and efficiency of outcome evaluations. Her teaching has focused on patient and health education as well as research methods. Her national and international standing in the area of patient education, information-seeking, caregiver research, sustainable self-management interventions, longitudinal research, psychometrics (Rasch analysis) and patient-reported outcomes are evidenced by high-quality publications and winning several prizes and awards. Sylvie is the recipient of the 2014 International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award and the 2018 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Cancer Research New Investigator Award in Psychosocial Oncology.

Areas of Interest

  • Predictors of emotional and physical well-being in patients with cancer and their family caregivers
  • Intervention studies to improve outcomes in patients with cancer and their family caregivers, with a focus on self-management
  • Innovative trial designs, including Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART)
  • Adapting evidence-based interventions to culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Real-world implementation of research evidence, with a focus on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) program
  • Psychometric analysis using Rasch analysis
  • Mixed research methodology (quantitative and qualitative)

Current Research

Her most significant studies have included Australia’s first longitudinal caregiver well-being study, which has led to developing self-directed coping skills training and self-management interventions for patients facing cancer and their caregivers (Coping-Together and TEMPO ( These interventions are currently being pilot tested, using innovative trial designs such as SMART. She is also leading the largest implementation of a patient-reported outcome screening program in Quebec (Home - e-IMPAQc) and informing ministerial policies in this area. Sylvie worked on the development and testing of the Supportive Care Needs Survey – Partners and Caregivers, which has been translated in French, Dutch, German, Chinese, Persian, and Indonesian.

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