Melissa Henry

Melissa Henry, PhD
McGill University and Jewish General Hospital
Tel: 514-340-8222 ext 2252
melissa.henry [at] (Email)

Dr. Henry is an investigator at the Lady-Davis Institute for Medical Research and a psychologist at the Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at McGill University in the Department of Oncology, as well as an Associate Member in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She actively collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally, teaches at the Faculty of Medicine, has published and presented extensively, has served on several grant panels at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI), and is involved in the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO). She has received funding from CRDF Global / NIH National Cancer Institute, CIHR, Fonds de Recherche du Quebec – Santé (FRQS), Sanofi Genzyme, and F. Hoffmannn-La Roche Ltd.

Dr. Henry has received two FRQS Clinician-Scientist Salary Awards. Her research program aims to implement and evaluate interventions targeting early determinants of mental health, combining translational research with a major focus on advanced cancer and head and neck oncology. Her research program in head and neck oncology is contributing to our better understanding of the biological component to biopsychosocial vulnerability in a way that has never been previously done, including the underlying contribution of polygenic risk scores, gene-environment interactions, and immunological processes. She has developed the FACT/MBIS McGill Body Image Concern Scale – Head and Neck (

Dr. Henry is Co-Director of the FRQS-funded Quebec Research Group in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (RQSPAL) Axis I on optimizing quality of life in palliative and end-of-life care. She is a board member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and as such is involved in building and Chairing Training Academies in Africa and more broadly for low-middle-income countries. Her international work involves advocating for comprehensive cancer care, and work with IPOS and the World Health Organization towards implementing psycho-oncology in National Cancer Plans and as part of Universal Health initiatives worldwide.

Selected Publications

Selected articles (* supervised student):

Henry M., Alias, A., *Cherba, M., Woronko, C. Rosberger, Z., Hier, M., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Mlynarek, A., Richardson, K., Black, M., MacDonald, C., Chartier, G. & Frenkiel, S. (2020, In Press). Immediate post-treatment supportive care needs of newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer

Henry, M., *Fuehrmann, F., Hier, M., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Richardson, K., Mlynarek, A., Black, M., MacDonald, C., Chartier, G., Zhang, X., Rosberger, Z. & Frenkiel, S. (2019). Contextual and historical factors for increased levels of anxiety and depression in head and neck oncology patients: A prospective longitudinal study. Head & Neck, 41(8), 2538-2548.

You, E.L., Henry, M. & Zeitouni, A. (2019). HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer: Review of current evidence and management. Current Oncology, 26(2), 119-123.

Henry, M., *Alias, A., Frenkiel, S., Richardson, K., Hier, M., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Mlynarek, A., Black, M., MacDonald, C., Chartier, G. & Rosberger, Z. (2019-a). Anxiety disorders contribute to extent of opioid prescription in head and neck cancer: A longitudinal study. Psycho-Oncology, 28, 107-115.

Rodriguez, A.-M., Frenkiel, S., *Desroches, J., *De Simone, A., Chiocchio, F., MacDonald, C., Black, M., Zeitouni, A., Hier, M., Kost, K., Mlynarek, A., Bolster-Foucault, C., Rosberger, Z., Henry, M. (2019). McGill Body Image Concerns Scale (MBICS-HNC) for use in head and neck oncology: Full validation with Classical Test Theory and Rash Measurement Theory. Psycho- Oncology, 28, 116-121.

Henry M., Rosberger, Z., *Bertrand, L., Klassen, C., Hier, M., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Mlynarek, A., Richardson, K., Black, M., MacDonald, C. & Frenkiel, S. (2018). Prevalence and risk factors of suicidal ideation in patients newly diagnosed with head and neck cancer: Longitudinal study. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 159(5), 843-852

Henry, M., Rosberger, Z., Hier, M., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Mlynarek, A., Black, M., MacDonald, C., Ianovski, L., *Fuhrmann, F., Chartier, G. & Frenkiel, S. (2018-a). A Screening Algorithm For Early Detection of Major Depressive Disorder in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Post-Treatment: A Longitudinal Study. Psycho-Oncology, 27(6), 1622-1628. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4705

*Cohen, A., Frenkiel, S., Hier, M., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Mlynarek, A., Richardson, K., Black, M., MacDonald, C., Chartier, G., Rosberger, Z. & Henry, M. (2018-b). Barriers to Psychosocial Oncology Service Utilization. Psycho-Oncology, 27(12), 2786-2793.

Henry, M., Frenkiel, S., Chartier, G., Payne, R., MacDonald, C., Black, M., Mlynarek, A., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Loiselle, C., Ehrler, A., Rosberger, Z., Tamilia, M., *Chang, K., de la Mora, C., Arbaud, C. & Hier, M. (2018-c). Thyroid Cancer Patients Receiving an Interdisciplinary Team-Based Care Approach (ITCA-ThyCa) Appear to Display Better Outcomes: Program Evaluation Results Indicating a Need for Further Integrated Care and Support. Psycho-Oncology, 27(3), 937-945.

Henry, M., *Chang, K., Frenkiel, S., Chartier, G., Dewitte, M., MacDonald, C., Payne, R., Black, M., Mlynarek, A., Loiselle, C., Ehrler, A., Rosberger, R., Tamilia, M., Hier, M.P. (2018). Feelings of defranchisement and support needs among patients with thyroid cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 45(5), 639-652.

*Alias, A. & Henry, M. (2018). Psychosocial effects of head and neck cancer. Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic of North America, 30(4), 499-512.

Henry, M. & *Alias, A. (2018). Body image and functional loss. In MC Fingeret & I Teo (Eds., pp.162-180). Principles and Practices of Body Image Care For Cancer Patients. New York: Oxford University Press.

Henry, M., *Bdira, A., Cherba, M., Lambert, S., Carnevale, F., MacDonald, C., Hier, M., Zeitouni, A., Kost, K., Mlynarek, A., Black, M., Rosberger, Z. & Frenkiel, S. (2016). Recovering function and surviving treatments are primary motivators for health behaviour change in patients with head and neck cancer: A Qualitative focus group study. Palliative & Supportive Care, 14(4), 364- 375.

Henry, M., *Habib, L.A., *Morrison, M., *Yang, J.W., *Xuejiao, J.L., *Liu, S., Hier, M., Mlynarek, A., Payne, R.J., MacDonald, C., Kost, K., Zeitouni, A. & Black, M. (2014). Head and neck cancer.








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