Dr Michel Dorval is Full Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy. He holds a Master’s degree in Psychology (1984) and a Doctorate in Epidemiology (1997) from Université Laval, complemented by postdoctoral training from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard Medical School) thanks to a Terry Fox Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada. From 1999 to 2011, he constantly held research career awards (Junior I, Junior II, Senior) from the Fonds de la recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQS).

Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Dorval has used a variety of methodological approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, to better understand the impact of breast cancer at all stages of the disease on patients, women at risk and their families. He has always demonstrated a commitment to improving health services through active involvement in knowledge translation. For example, the results of his work led to the creation in 2012 of Centre ROSE (Ressources en Oncogénétique pour le Soutien et l’Éducation), which he co-founded with his colleague Dr. Jocelyne Chiquette. The mission of Centre ROSE was to inform and support people with hereditary cancer risk, and to provide evidence-based tools to health professionals. Center ROSE has received several awards, including the Hommage aux Innovations Sociales from Université Laval (2014), the Prix d’Excellence Innovation dans la Communauté from the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (2016) and the Prix Promotion de la Santé et Prévention from the Direction générale de cancérologie du Québec (2016). In 2015, Centre ROSE evolved into Réseau ROSE (www.reseaurose.ca) by adding satellites in various regions of Quebec. As a continuation of the Réseau ROSE, work is underway since 2020 under the aegis of RUISSS-UL to create the Réseau en Oncogénétique de l’Est du Québec.

In addition to his work on breast cancer, Dr. Dorval has always been interested in palliative care. He is a member of the research team at the Maison Michel-Sarrazin and of the Réseau québécois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie (RQSPAL) since its founding. He is currently leading an interdisciplinary and intersectoral team whose work aims to 1) evaluate the social and professional acceptability of psilocybin-assisted therapy to relieve existential distress at the end of life, 2) identify issues to be considered for access to this innovative therapy and 3) propose recommendations establishing guidelines for the use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes in the Quebec medico-legal context.

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Mc Brearty C, Bisaillon L, Dorval M, Nabi H, Desbiens C, Lemieux J, Théberge V, Baghdadli A, Lauzier S, Savard J

Disruptions in Cancer Care Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Fear of Cancer Recurrence in Women with Breast Cancer: A Mixed-Methods Study

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Curr Oncol, 31 (2), 2024.

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Corbeil O, Anderson É, Béchard L, Desmeules C, Huot-Lavoie M, Bachand L, Brodeur S, Carmichael PH, Jacques C, Solmi M, Giroux I, Dorval M, Demers MF, Roy MA

Problem gambling in psychotic disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prevalence

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Acta Psychiatr Scand, 2024.

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Savard J, Filion C, Brearty CM, Caplette-Gingras A, Chiquette J, Dorval M

Fear of cancer recurrence in breast cancer survivors carrying a BRCA1/2 mutation: A qualitative study

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Cancer Med, 13 (1), 2024.

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Pomey MP, Paquette J, Nelea MI, Vialaron C, Mourad R, Bouchard K, Normandin L, Côté MA, Desforges M, Pomey-Carpentier P, Fortin I, Ganache I, Régis C, Rosberger Z, Charpentier D, Vachon MF, Bélanger L, Dorval M, Ghadiri DP, Lavoie-Tremblay M, Boivin A, Pelletier JF, Fernandez N, Danino AM, de Guise M

Integrating accompanying patients into clinical oncology teams: limiting and facilitating factors

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BMC Health Serv Res, 24 (1), 2024.

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Plourde L, Chang SL, Farzin H, Gagnon P, Hébert J, Foxman R, Deschamps P, Provost F, Masse-Grenier M, Stephan JF, Cheung K, Joly Y, Fallu JS, Dorval M,

Social acceptability of psilocybin-assisted therapy for existential distress at the end of life: A population-based survey

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Palliat Med, 38 (2), 2024.

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Pomey MP, Paquette J, Iliescu-Nelea M, Vialaron C, Mourad R, Bouchard K, Normandin L, Côté MA, Desforges M, Pomey-Carpentier P, Fortin I, Ganache I, Régis C, Rosberger Z, Charpentier D, Bélanger L, Dorval M, Ghadiri DP, Lavoie-Tremblay M, Boivin A, Pelletier JF, Fernandez N, Danino AM, de Guise M

Accompanying patients in clinical oncology teams: Reported activities and perceived effects

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Health Expect, 26 (2), 2023.

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Ouellet J, Lapointe J, Raîche C, Guerin A, Helal S, Fitzpatrick J, Dorval M, Nabi H

Scope of coverage of medical genetics and genomics in pre-clerkship programs of Canadian faculties of medicine: A curriculum analysis

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Am J Med Genet A, 191 (1), 2023.

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Pomey MP, Nelea MI, Normandin L, Vialaron C, Bouchard K, Côté MA, Duarte MAR, Ghadiri DP, Fortin I, Charpentier D, Lavoie-Tremblay M, Fernandez N, Boivin A, Dorval M, Desforges M, Régis C, Ganache I, Bélanger L, Rosberger Z, Danino MA, Pelletier JF, Vu TTT, de Guise M

An exploratory cross-sectional study of the effects of ongoing relationships with accompanying patients on cancer care experience, self-efficacy, and psychological distress

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BMC Cancer, 23 (1), 2023.

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Moreno PG, Knoppers T, Zawati MH, Lang M, Knoppers BM, Wolfson M, Nabi H, Dorval M, Simard J, Joly Y

Regulating cancer risk prediction: legal considerations and stakeholder perspectives on the Canadian context

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Hum Genet, 142 (7), 2023.

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Lapointe J, Côté JM, Mbuya-Bienge C, Dorval M, Pashayan N, Chiquette J, Eloy L, Turgeon A, Lambert-Côté L, Brooks JD, Walker MJ, Blackmore KM, Joly Y, Knoppers BM, Chiarelli AM, Simard J, Nabi H

Canadian Healthcare Professionals' Views and Attitudes toward Risk-Stratified Breast Cancer Screening

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J Pers Med, 13 (7), 2023.

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