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  • Emily Drake, BScH, MA

Supervisor:

Dr. Robin Urquhart

Co-supervisor:

Dr. Matthew Numer

Program of Study:

PhD in Health

Project Title:

Exploring the Experience of Cancer Care Delivery of Young Adults Living with Metastatic/Advanced Cancer

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2019
  • Colleen Elliot Award for Excellence in Cancer Research, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, 2018
  • Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s HCP – Professional Development Grant, 2018
  • Faculty of Health Professions Entrance Scholarship, 2016
  • Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarship (PhD), 2016
  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Doctoral Traineeship Award, 2016 [Declined]
  • 1st Place: AYA Cancer Innovation and Research Award for Models of Care Partnerships from Critical Mass’ Annual Conference. Awarded by the Steven G. AYA Cancer Research Fund, 2013
  • Certificate of Recognition from the Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer (VOBOC) Foundation for tremendous leadership in the advancement of care for AYA patients, 2012
  • Best Graduate Student Research Poster at the 2011 Meeting at the Crossroads: Student Research in Health Conference
  • Bultz Student Award: Best Student Poster Research Presentation at the 12th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, 2010
  • Best Graduate Student Research Poster at the 2010 Meeting at the Crossroads: Student Research in Health Conference
  • Best Graduate Student Research Poster at the 2009 Meeting at the Crossroads: Student Research in Health Conference

Career Aspirations:

My research interests lay in pediatric and young adult psychosocial oncology. My career goal is to be an independent investigator embedded in a healthcare system in the area of cancer and health services research with a specialty within the AYA cancer population. I want to focus on how we can make system changes that will create better health outcomes and support for patients.

Location:

Department of Surgery, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Publications:

Drake, E. K., & Urquhart, R. (In Press). “Figure out what it is you love to do and live the life you love”: The experiences of young adults returning to work after primary cancer treatment. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 

Urquhart, R., & Drake, E. K. (2018). Understanding cancer survivors’ employment experiences when returning to work after primary treatment: A longitudinal qualitative study. Journal of Global Oncology, 4(Suppl 2), p.119s. 

Tutelman, P.R., Drake, E.K., & Urquhart, R. (2018). ‘It Could Have Been Me’: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Health Care Professionals’ Experiences Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults with Terminal Cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 27 (S3), 103 (208). 

Drake, E. K., & Urquhart, R. (2018). Understanding cancer survivors’ employment experiences when returning to work after primary treatment: A longitudinal qualitative study. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(Suppl 2), S292 (eP578). 

Urquhart, R., & Drake, E. K. (2018). Using longitudinal interviews to explore cancer survivors’ experiences returning to work after primary treatment: Insight into the method. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(Suppl 2), S306 (eP615). 

Tutelman, P. R., Chambers, C., Stinson, J., Parker, J., Drake, E. K., Barwick, M., ... Witteman, H. (2017). Using Thunderclap to Raise Awareness about #KidsCancerPain over Social Media. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 64(S3), S80 – S81. 

Perales, M. A., Drake, E. K., Pemmaraju, N., & Wood, W.A. (2016). Social Media and the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) patient with cancer. Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports, 11(6), 449-455. 

Chapman, K. L., MacDonald, T., MacDonald, D., & Murray, E. K. (2012). Exploring childhood cancer survivors’ understanding of the effects of therapy on their fertility. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 59(6), 1109. 

MacDonald, T., Murray, E. K., MacDonald, D., Price, V., & Chapman, K. L. (2011). How can a guideline better assist healthcare professionals in pediatric cancer pain management? Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(Suppl. 2), S152.

MacDonald, T., Murray, E. K., MacDonald, D., Price, V., & Chapman, K. L. (2011). How can a guideline improve the needs of patients and their families in the management of pediatric cancer pain? Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(Suppl. 2), S150

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