Anita Mehta

Anita Mehta, RN, PhD
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Co-Director, Psychosocial Oncology Program
McGill University Health Center
anita.mehta [at] (Email)

Research interests are related to palliative care, family members of cancer patients, and psychosocial distress. My doctoral work focused on family caregivers of palliative cancer patients at home: the pain management process.

Recent Presentations

Thompson, M., Wainright, W, & Mehta, A. (2019). Bereavement Panel. Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association Conference, September 2019.

​Self-Compassion versus Compassion Fatigue: Nursing Challenges and Rewards. Montreal Institute for Palliative Care. Invited speaker, June 7, 2019.

​Palliative Care for Families: Nursing Care. NUR1 322. McGill University. Invited Lecturer, March 1, 2019

Mehta, A., & Laizner, A. (2018). Family Caregiver Distress: A Burden to be Lifted. Oral presentation for Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology.Toronto, May 29, 2018.

Mehta, A., & Thibodeau, K. (2018). Playing to Understand a Cancer Diagnosis. Oral presentation for Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology.Toronto, May 29, 2018

Selected Publications

Desrochers, F., Donivan, E., Mehta, A., & Laizner, A.M. (2016). A psychosocial oncology program: perceptions of the telephone-triage assessment. Supportive Care in Cancer. DOI 10.1007/s00520-016-3091-8

Mehta, A., & Hamel, M. (2015). Comprehensive psychosocial care of cancer patients: Screening formdistress in family members. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 25(3), 357-358.

Mehta A, Chan L.S., & Cohen S.R, (2014). Flying blind: Sources of distress for family caregivers of  palliative cancer patients managing pain at home. Journal of  Psychosocial Oncology, 32(1), 94-111.

Hunt, M.R., Chan, L.S., Mehta, A. (2011). Transitioning from Clinical to Qualitative Interviewing. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 10(3), 191-201.

Mehta, A., & Hamel, M., The Development and Impact of a New Psychosocial Oncology Program. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2011, DOI 10.1007/s00520-011-1204-y

Mehta, A., Cohen, R., Ezer, H., Carnevale, F.A. & Ducharme, F. (2011). Striving to respond to palliative cancer patient’s pain at home: a puzzle for family caregivers. Oncology Nursing Forum. 38(1). Online exclusive article.

Mehta, A.,  Saucier, A., & Bazile, A. (2010). Comprehensive Psychosocial Care. Canadian Oncology Nursing  Journal, 20 (2):99-100

Mehta, A., Cohen, R., Carnevale, F.A. Ezer, H., & Ducharme, F. (2010). Strategizing a game plan: Family caregivers of palliative patients engage in the process of pain management. Cancer Nursing., 33(6), 461-469.

Mehta, A., Cohen, R., Carnevale, F.A. Ezer, H., & Ducharme, F. (2010). Family Caregivers of Palliative Cancer Patients at Home: The puzzle of pain management. Journal of Palliative Care, 26(2), 78-87.

Mehta A, Cohen S.R, Chan L.S. (2009).Palliative care: A need for a family systems approach. Palliative and Supportive Care, 7, 235-243.

Hunt, M,  Mehta, A, & Chan, L.S. (2009). Learning to think qualitatively: experiences of graduate students conducting qualitative health research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(2), 129-135.

Mehta, A. & Chan, L.S. (2008). Understanding the concept of  “total pain, ” a prerequisite for pain control. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 10(1), 26-32. (CE article).

Mehta, A., & Ezer, H. (2003). My love is hurting: the meaning spouses attribute to their loved ones’ pain during palliative care, Journal of Palliative Care, (19)2, 87-94.


​Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Research Award for Project titled: Exploring the relationship between Family Caregiver Distress and Burden in Psychosocial Oncology, 2019.

​Special Initiative Project and Leadership Development Award McGill University Couple and Family Therapy Program, 2017.

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