Dr. Guy Pelletier, PhD
B.A. Honours Psychology, McGill University, 1980
Doctor of Philosophy Psychology, University of Calgary, 1990
M.S. Psychology, University of Calgary, 1983
Dr. Guy Pelletier is a retired clinical health psychologist who holds a casual position with the Department of Psychosocial and Rehabilitation Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC). Dr. Pelletier is an adjunct associate professor with the Department of Oncology, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, and with the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. He has published on issues related to mental health and quality of life in cancer patients. He is a member of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta for Cancer Care (HREBA.CC)
Areas of Research
- Quality of life in cancer patients (cancer related cognitive impairment, identity)
Currently, Dr. Pelletier conducts research in two separate areas: cancer related cognitive impairment (CRCI) and identity and cancer. In the domain of cognitive impairment, Dr. Pelletier and a colleague are starting a project on CRCI in young adults with non-CNS cancers. This will be a retrospective survey (chart review) of the responses given by young adult to a screening for distress questionnaire that is usually completed at each patient visit. The goals of the study are to determine the prevalence of memory/concentration problems in that population over a period of two years and to examine the extent to which memory/concentration problems might be related to reports of anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and work problems. The study has received ethical approval and will start as soon as preparations are complete. In the domain of identity and cancer, Dr. Pelletier is currently finishing a paper on identity processing styles and quality of life in head and neck cancer patients. The study consisted in identifying the type of identity processing styles used by these patients and their relationship to quality of life, anxiety, depression, body image, and the patients’ perceptions of positive and negative impact of the disease. The clinical implications of these issues will be considered and may lead to further research.
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- Award of Recognition for 15 years of service, 2009
- Distinction, 2009
- Joe Woodsworth Memorial Scholarship, 2009
- Bourse d'Etudes en Langue Seconds, 1988
- Province of Alberta Fellowship, 1988
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