Dr. Gagnon, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist specializing in psycho-oncology, psychosomatic medicine, and geriatric psychiatry. He is a clinical researcher at the Centre for Cancer Research, and is director of the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine.at Laval University. In addition to being a clinician at the CHU of Quebec – Laval University, CIUSSS-CN and Maison Michel-Sarrazin, he began his research career in 1994 after a two-year fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He received a research fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) and received the NCIC’s Dorothy J. Lamont Award for his significant contribution to oncology / palliative care research in delirium. He has been the lead investigator of major operating grants for the Canadian Cancer Society, and of a grant for a new emerging palliative care team from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), while he was a professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy. Since 2000, Dr. Gagnon has led the Michel-Sarrazin research team in psychosocial oncology and palliative care at Laval University, and has been the director of the Quebec Research Network in Palliative and End-of-Life Care at FRQS since its creation in 2017.

His research interests include delirium associated with cancer, psychotherapy, especially existential, palliative care, psychiatric complications of cancer, as well as the use of psychotropic drugs in palliative care and oncology. He is active in teaching the different aspects of psycho-oncology and palliative care.

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Cleophat JE, Marin A, Pelletier S, Joly Y, Gagnon P, Dery A, Chiquette J, Gagnon B, Roy L, Bitzas V, Nabi H, Dorval M

What do cancer patients' relatives think about addressing cancer family history and performing genetic testing in palliative care?

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Eur J Hum Genet, 28 (2), pp. 213-221, 2020, ISSN: 1018-4813.

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Cleophat JE, Pelletier S, Joly Y, Gagnon P, Dery A, Marin A, Chiquette J, Gagnon B, Roy L, Bitzas V, Nabi H, Dorval M

Addressing cancer family history at the end of life: How frequent, relevant, and feasible is it? A survey of palliative care providers.

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Palliat Med, 33 (7), pp. 856-858, 2019, ISSN: 0269-2163.

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Gilbert E, Savard J, Gagnon P, Savard MH, Ivers H, Foldes-Busque G

To be or not to be positive: Development of a tool to assess the relationship of negative, positive, and realistic thinking with psychological distress in breast cancer.

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J Health Psychol, 23 (5), pp. 731-742, 2018, ISSN: 1359-1053.

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Gonthier C, Pelletier S, Gagnon P, Marin A, Chiquette J, Gagnon B, Roy L, Cleophat JE, Joly Y, Dorval M

Issues related to family history of cancer at the end of life: a palliative care providers' survey.

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Fam Cancer, 17 (2), pp. 303-307, 2018, ISSN: 1389-9600.

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Tardif F, Gagnon P

Briser l’isolement pour maximiser les retombées de la recherche

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Spiritualitésanté, 11 (3), pp. 7, 2018, ISSN: 1918-0055.

Tardif F, Gagnon P

Création d’une force majeure de recherche en soins palliatifs au Québec.

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Spiritualitésanté, 11 (2), pp. 9, 2018, ISSN: 1918-0055.

Tardif F, Gagnon P, Tanguay N

Le réseau québécois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie – RQSPAL

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Bulletin. Réseau des soins palliatifs du Québec, 26 (2), pp. 17-20, 2018.

Gagnon P, Dumont S, Cohen R, Gauthier LR, Savard J, Tardif F, Maranda-Pelletier S

Création d’une force majeure de recherche en soins palliatifs au Québec: le RQSPAL

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Cahiers francophones de soins palliatifs, 18 (1), pp. 88-93, 2018, ISSN: 1916-1824.

Aubin M, Vezina L, Verreault R, Simard S, Desbiens JF, Tremblay L, Dumont S, Fillion L, Dogba MJ, Gagnon P

Effectiveness of an intervention to improve supportive care for family caregivers of patients with lung cancer: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

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Trials, 18 (1), pp. 304, 2017.

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Fillion L, Truchon M, L'Heureux M, Langlois L, Desbiens JF, Gélinas C, Vachon M, Tapp D, Aubin M, Simard S, Tremblay L, Gagnon P, Dumont S, Roch G, Bradet R, Lavoie S, Robitaille MA, Veillette AM

Vers l’amélioration des services et des soins palliatifs de fin de vie : adapter et implanter des programmes de soutien en milieu de travail et évaluer leur effet sur la satisfaction, le sens au travail et le bien-être des infirmières (SATIN II)


IRSST, Montréal, QC, 2017, ISBN: 978-2-89631-910-7.

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Active projects

  • (FRSQ 79566) Réseaux thématiques du FRQS, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Réseaux thématiques de recherche, from 2017-04-01 to 2021-03-31
  • Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-05-01 to 2022-06-13
  • Centre de recherche sur les soins et les services de première ligne de l'Université Laval, Subvention, CIUSSS - CN - Centre de recherche sur les soins et les services de première ligne de l'ULaval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Soutien à la recherche, Subvention, Université Laval - Soutien à la recherche, from 2017-07-01 to 2021-06-30

Recently finished projects

  • Détresse et satisfactions face au processus informationnel et décisionnel lors d'un cancer de la prostate localisé, Subvention, Fondation de l'Université Laval, from 2017-02-01 to 2020-03-31
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