Argerie Tsimicalis

Argerie Tsimicalis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
Associate Member, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, McGill University
Nurse Scientist, Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada
Shriners Investigator, Injury Repair Recovery Program, Research Institute of the Montreal University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
National Collaborator, Pain in Child Health (PICH)
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Argerie Tsimicalis, RN, PhD, is mostly recognized for her expertise in assessing the costs associated with a childhood illness in the family, creation of new child-oriented research methods, and participatory approaches for the creation of child healthcare services. In partnership with key stakeholders and patient organizations, Dr. Tsimicalis seeks to help render these potentially catastrophic costs visible and to create programs, resources and policies to help lessen their costs. She offers transdisciplinary, award-winning, training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students through the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill Global Health Programs, Experimental Surgery, Human Genetics, and the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology. Prior to joining the Faculty at McGill University in 2012, she completed her PhD at the University of Toronto (2010), and her postdoctoral training at Columbia University (2012). Dr. Tsimicalis began her nursing career at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and was later transferred to the Centre for Nursing where she advanced nursing research initiatives and provided research mentorship to nurses and allied health professionals.

Dr. Tsimicalis is the recipient of a Junior 1 Career Award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS) (2019-2023). Dr. Tsimicalis was featured in the Inaugural Canadian Women in Global Health List 2018 by the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH), for her efforts to render visible the catastrophic costs associated with childhood cancer in low- and middle- income countries.

Selected Publications

Siedlikowski, M.,Rauch, F., & Tsimicalis, A. Giving Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta a Voice: Participatory Approach for the Development of Sisom OI -Interactive Assessment and Communication Tool. Accepted in Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Kosir, U., Denis-Larocque, G., Tsimicalis, A., Freeman, C., Turcotte, R.E., Cury, F., Alcindor, T., Goulding, K. (2020). Psychological functioning, coping styles and their relationship of physical limitations following invasive procedures for soft tissue sarcoma: A qualitative study. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 1-10.

Castro, A., Marinello, J., Chougui, K., Morand, M., Bilodeau, C., Rauch, F. & Tsimicalis, A. The Day-to-Day Experiences of Caring for Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Accepted in Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Castro, A., Chougui, K., Bilodeau, C., & Tsimicalis, A.* (2019). Exploring the Views of Osteogenesis Imperfecta Caregivers on Internet-Based Technologies. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 21(12), e15924.

Tsimicalis, A.,* Stevens, B., Ungar, W.J., Castro, A., Greenberg, M., Barr, R. (2020). Shifting Priorities for the Survival of My Child: Managing Expenses, Increasing Debt and Taping into Available Resources to Maintain the Financial Stability of the Family. Cancer Nursing, 43 (2), 147-157.

Ahuja, S., Tsimicalis, A., Lederman, S., Bagai, P., Martiniuk, A., Srinivas, S., Arora, R.S.* (2019). A Pilot Study to Determine the Out-of-pocket Expenditures by Families of Children Being Treated for Cancer at Public Hospitals in New Delhi, India. Psycho-Oncology, 28(6), 1349-1353.

Tsimicalis, A., Rennick, J., Le May, S., Stinson, J.,Sarkis, B., Séguin, K., Siedlikowski, M., Choquette A. (2019). “Tell It As It Is”: How Sisom Prompts Children and Parents To Discuss Their Cancer Experience. Cancer Reports, 2, e1173.

Mardakis, S., Arora, R., Bakhshi, S., Arora, A., Anis, H., Tsimicalis, A.(2018). A Qualitative Study of the Costs Experienced by Caregivers of Children Being Treated for Cancer in New Delhi, India. Accepted in Cancer Reports. e1149

Tsimicalis, A., Rennick, J., Stinson, J., Le May, S., Louli, J., Choquette, A., Treherne, S., Berube, S., Yoon, S., & Ruland, C. (2018). Usability Testing of an Interactive Communication Tool to Help Children Express Their Cancer Symptoms. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 35(5), 320-331.

Tsimicalis, A., Genest, L., Stevens, B., Ungar, W.J., & Barr, B. (2018). The Impact of a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis on the Children and Siblings’ School Attendance, Performance and Activities: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 35(2):118-131.

Tsimicalis, A., Le May, S., Stinson, J., Rennick, J., Vachon, M-F., Louli, J., Bérubé, S., Treherne, S., Yoon, S., Nordby Bøe, T., & Ruland, C. (2017) Linguistic Validation of an Interactive Communication Tool to Help French-speaking Children Express their Cancer Symptoms. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 34 (2): 98-105.

Tsimicalis, A., Denis-Larocque, G., Michalovic, A., Lepage, C., Williams, K., Yao, T-R., Palomo, T., Dahan-Oliel, N., Le May, S., & Rauch, F. (2016). The psychosocial experience of individuals living with osteogenesis imperfecta: a mixed-methods systematic review. Quality of Life Research. 25(8), 1877-96.

Rashi, C., Wittman, T., Tsimicalis, A., & Loiselle, C.G. (2015). Balancing Illness and Parental Demands: Coping with Cancer While Raising Minor Children. Oncology Nursing Forum. 42(4): 337-344.

Tsimicalis A, Stevens B, Ungar WJ, McKeever P, Greenberg M, Agha M, Guerriere D, Naqvi A, and Barr R. (2013). A Mixed Method Approach to Describe the Out-of-pocket Expenses Incurred by Families of Children with Cancer. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 60(3), 438-445.

Tsimicalis A, Stevens B, Ungar WJ, McKeever P, Greenberg M, Agha M, Guerriere D, Barr R, Naqvi A, and Moineddin R. (2012). A Prospective Study to Determine the Costs Incurred by Families of Children Newly Diagnosed with Cancer in Ontario. Psycho-Oncology, 21(10), 1113-1123.

Mostert S., Arora RS, Arreola M, Bagai P, Friedrich P, Gupta S, Kaur G, Koodiyedath B, Kulkarni K, Lam C, Luna-Fineman S, Pizer B, Rivas S, Rossell N, Sitaresmi MN, Tsimicalis A, Weaver M, Ribeiro RC. (2011). Abandonment of Treatment for Childhood Cancer: Recommendations of the SIOP Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries Abandonment of Treatment Working Group. Lancet Oncology,12 (8), 719-720.


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