Melissa Henry

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

Dr. Henry is a FRQS Clinician-Scientist at the Lady-Davis Institute for Medical Research and a psychologist at the Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in the Departments of Oncology of the Faculty of Medicine and of Psychology (Professional), as well as an associate member in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Henry’s research program focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating psychosocial interventions designed to improve quality of life (QoL) in patients with advanced cancer, particularly in the field of head and neck oncology. She is interested in preventing long- term psychological distress trajectories and promoting health through early interventions, including translational research combining the fields of psychology, oncology, and genetics. All of her studies reflect different stages of this overall research program. She is leading with Dr. Zeev Rosberger a study funded by the Fonds de recherche Québec - Santé, entitled “Building a solid knowledge foundation: A research program to innovate psychosocial care and reduce health care costs for head and neck cancer patients” (Drs. Melissa Henry (PI), Zeev Rosberger (PI), Saul Frenkiel, Martin Black, Michael Hier, Anthony Zeitouni, Karen Kost, Alex Mlynarek, Christina MacDonald, Christopher Longo, Juli Atherton, William Foulkes & Michael Meaney). This funding builds on her previous studies underlining the need for interventions to address the overwhelming presence of unmet psychological needs in HNC patients (7 out of top 10 unmet needs). HNC patients present greater psychological morbidity (depression, anxiety, suicide) than the general cancer population. Based on a bio-psycho-social model, this FRQS-funded research program aims at identifying trajectories of psychological compromise, including gene-environment interactions as predictors and an investigation of suicidality, health behavior change, and body image concerns. As part of her research program, Dr. Henry has developed the preliminary version of the McGill Body Image Concern Scale for use in head and neck oncology, which will be part of an international validation study in collaboration with colleagues in Canada and the United-States. She is also leading a study funded by Genzyme, entitled “Developing and implementing a novel interdisciplinary team-based approach (ITCA-ThyCa) for newly diagnosed thyroid cancer patients” (Drs. Melissa Henry (PI), Michael Hier) and has recently led with Dr. S Robin Cohen a study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Cancer Institute, entitled “Randomized controlled trial of the Meaning-Making intervention (MMi) in patients newly diagnosed with advanced cancer: A pilot study” (Drs. Melissa Henry (PI), S. Robin Cohen (PI), Daren Heyland, Robert Platt, Laurent Azoulay, Walter Gotlieb, Susie Lau, Khalil Sultanem, Gerald Batist & Bernard Lapointe). Student supervision and knowledge translation is an integral part of Dr. Henry’s work.

Selected Publications

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, In Press). Head and neck cancer patients want us to support them psychologically in the post-treatment period: Survey results. Palliative & Supportive Care.

MacKinnon, C.J., Smith, N.G. Henry, M., Milman, E., Chochinov, H.M., Körner, A., Berish, M., Farrace, A., Liarikos, N.,, & Cohen, S.R. (2014, In Press). New Directions in Group Counselling for Bereavement: Results of a Meaning-Based Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. The Canadian Virtual Hospice Exchange. 

MacKinnon, C.J., Smith, N.G., Henry, M., M. Koerner, A., Chochinov, H.M. & Cohen, S.R. (2014, In Press). Reconstructing meaning with others in Loss: Feasibility results of a bereavement group pilot randomized controlled trial. Death Studies.

Greenfield, B., Henry, M., Lis, E., Slatkoff, J., Guilé, J.M., Dougherty, G., Zhang, Z., Arnold, L.E., Daniel, L., Raz, A., Mishara, B.L., Koenekoop, R.K. & De Castro, F. (2014, In Press). Correlates, stability and predictors of Borderline Personality Disorder among previously suicidal youth. European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Henry, M., *Ho, A., Lambert, S., Carnevale, F., Greenfield, B., MacDonald, C., Mlynarek, A., Zeitouni, A., Rosberger, Z., Hier, M., Black, M., Kost, K. & Frenkiel, S. (2014). Looking beyond disfigurement: The experience of patients with head and neck cancer. Journal of Palliative Care, 30(1), 5-15.

MacKinnon, C.J., Smith, N.G., Henry, M., Milman, E., Berish, M., Korner, A., Copeland, L., Chochinov, H.M. & Cohen, S.R. (2014). Meaning-based group counseling for bereavement: Bridging theory with emerging trends in intervention research. Death Studies, 38(3), 137-144.

MacKinnon, C.J., Milman, E., Smith, N.G., Henry, M., Berish, M., Copeland, L., Koerner, A., Chochinov, H.M. & Cohen, S.R. (2013). Means to meaning in cancer-related bereavement: Identifying clinical implications for counseling psychologists. The Counseling Psychologist, 41(2), 216-239.

Henry, M., *Huang, L.N., *Sproule, B. & Cardonick, E. (2012). The psychological impact of a cancer diagnosed during pregnancy: Determinants of long-term distress. Psycho-Oncology, 21(4), 444-450.

Henry, M., *Trickey, B., *Huang, L.N. & Cohen, S.R. (2012). How is cancer recently portrayed in Canadian newspapers compared to twenty years ago? Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(1), 49-55.

MacKinnon, C.J., Smith, N.G., Henry, M., Berish, M., Milman, E., Copeland, L. & Cohen, S.R. (2012). Techniques for addressing therapeutic ruptures in bereavement support groups. In R. Neimeyer (Ed.), Techniques in grief therapy: Creative strategies for counseling the bereaved (pp.318-322). New York: Routledge.

Lapalme-Remis, S., Tremblay-Jolicoeur, C., Amsel, R., Henry, M. & Greenfield, B. (2011). Effect of research questionnaires on satisfaction with treatment care in suicidal adolescents and their parents. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 20(2) 107-111.

*Abdul-Sater, L., Henry, M., Mijovic, T., Brandt, M.G., Franklin, J.H., Black, M.P., Hier, M. & Payne, R.J. (2011). What are thyroidectomy patients really concerned about? Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 144(5), 685-690.

Henry, M., Cohen, R., Lee, V., Sauthier, P., Provencher, D., Drouin, P., Gauthier, P., Gotlieb, W., Lau, S., Drummond, N., Gilbert, L., Stanimir, G., Sturgeon, J., Chasen, M., *Mitchell, J., *Huang, L.N., *Ferland, M.-K. & Mayo, N. (2010). The Meaning-Making intervention (MMi) appears to increase meaning in life in advanced ovarian cancer: A randomized controlled pilot study. Psycho-Oncology, 19(12), 1340-1347.

Simard, A.-A. & Henry, M. (2009). Positive impact of a short yoga intervention on medical students’ health. Medical Teacher, 31(10), 950-952.

Henry, M., Séguin, M. & Drouin, M.-S. (2009). L’impact du suicide d’un patient chez des professionnels en santé mentale: différences entre les femmes et les hommes. Frontières, 21(1), 53-63.

Henry, M. & Greenfield, B. (2009). Therapeutic effects of psychological autopsies: Impact of investigating suicides on grievers. Crisis, 30(1), 20-24.

Henry, M. (2009, August 26). A view of suicide through an interpersonal lens [Review of the book The interpersonal theory of suicide: Guidance for working with suicidal clients]. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54(34). Article 5. Retrieved August 26, 2009 from the PsycCRITIQUES database.

Greenfield, B., Henry, M., Weiss, M., Tse, S.M., Guile, J.-M., Dougherty, G., Zhang, X., Fombonne, E.,  Lis, E., Lapalme-Remis, S. & Harnden, B. (2008). Previously suicidal adolescents: Predictors of six-month outcome. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 17(4), 197-201.

Henry, M., *Huang, L.N., *Ferland, M.K., *Mitchell, J. & Cohen, S.R. (2008). Continued study of the psychometric properties of the McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire (MQOL). Palliative Medicine, 22(6), 718-723.

Lis, E., Greenfield, B., Henry, M., Guilé, J.M. & Dougherty, G. (2007). Neuroimaging and Genetics of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Review. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 32(3), 162-173.

Perry, J.C., Segal, J.J., Boucher, S., Paré, N., Ouimet, M.-C., Normand, J. & Henry, M. (2005). Personal Strengths and Traumatic Experiences Among Institutionalized Children Given Up at Birth (Les Enfants de Duplessis - Duplessis’ Children): II. Adaptation in Late Adulthood. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 193(12), 783-789.

Perry, J.C. & Henry, M. (2004). Studying defense mechanisms in psychotherapy using the Defense Mechanism Rating Scales, Advances in Psychology, 136, 165-192.

Henry, M., Séguin, M., & Drouin, M.-S. (2004). Les réactions des professionnels en santé mentale au décès par suicide d’un patient. Revue québécoise de psychologie, 25(3), 241-257.

Henry, M., Séguin, M. & Drouin, M.-S. (2003). L’impact du décès par suicide d’un patient chez les professionnels en santé mentale. Revue québécoise de psychologie, 24(1), 227-242.