Deborah Ummel*

Deborah Ummel, MSc, PhD 
Psychology resident, Palliative Care Unit, Montreal University Health Center
 deborah.ummel [at] (Deborah Ummel)

After having conducted research in the areas of experiences of living organ donation in the context of her PhD, Deborah is involved in several research projects in the areas of palliative and end-of-life care, and bereavement. She holds expertise in qualitative research and critical health psychology.  In the course of her PhD, Deborah received an allied health doctoral fellowship from the Kidney Foundation of Canada, an allied health travel award from the Canadian Society of Transplantation as well as scholarships from the psychology department of Université de Montréal. 

Recent publications

MacKinnon CJ, & Ummel D. (submitted).The treat of being less than we are when encountering loss.Pluriâges, special edition.

Ummel D, & Achille M. (under revision). How not to let secrets out when conducting qualitative research with dyads.Qualitative Health Research.

Ummel D, & Achille M. (2015).Transplant trajectory and relational experience within living kidney dyads.Qualitative Health Research.doi :10.1177/1049732315570128

Ummel D, & Achille, M. (2014). How can the past experience of donors and recipients inform the psychosocial screening of candidates for living kidney transplantation? In W. Weimar, J. van Busschbach, & M. Bos (eds.), Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects (Vol. III, p. 223-229). Langereich, Germany: Pabst.

Ummel D, & Achille M. (2014). Donors and recipients of living donor liver transplantation: How can a metasummaryof their experience inform the psychosocial screening? In W. Weimar, J. van Busschbach, & M. Bos (eds.), Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects (Vol. III, p. 248-254). Langereich, Germany: Pabst.

Ummel D, Achille M, & Mekkelholt J. (2011). Donors and recipients of living kidney donation: A qualitative metasummary of their experiences. Journal of Transplantation, 2011, 1-11. doi:10.1155/2011/626501

Ummel D, & Achille M. (2011). Three-part modelling of the decision to accept a live donation: certainty, refusal, questioning. In W. Weimar, J. van Busschbach, & M. Bos (eds.), Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects (Vol. II, p. 303-311). Langereich, Germany: Pabst.

Recent presentations

MacKinnon CJ, Gingras S, Lawlor K, Lambert R, & Ummel D. (2015, October). New directions in developing psychotherapeutic skills for end-of-life care physicians. Plenary at the bi-annual Continuing Medical Education in Palliative Care Conference, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, QC.

MacKinnon CJ, & Ummel D. (2015, May).Les dangers et les avantages de travailler avec les pertes: leçons apprises en première lignes. Invited workshop, Annual Conference of the Center for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

Ummel D, & Achille M. (2013, October)."Stuck between a rock and a hard place": Ethical and methodological challenges of conducting qualitative research with individuals sharing a common experience. Oral communication presented at the 19th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Halifax, NS.

Pereira J, Hall P, Bush S, Weaver L, Rice J, Grassau P, Allen D, Ummel D, Ufholz LA, & Zinkie S. (2013, April).A Systematic Review of Instruments That Assess Palliative Care Competencies. Oral presentation presented at the 2013 Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Quebec city, QC.