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Janet de Groot




Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry


Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences


Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.6900

Preferred method of communication

Admin Assistant

Alpana Malhotra


Office: 403.210.6900


Educational Background

BMedSc Medical Sciences, University of Alberta, 1982

MD Medicine, University of Alberta, 1982

MMedSc Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, 1994

FRCPC Psychiatry, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1990


Dr. Janet de Groot is a psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry, Oncology and Community Health Sciences, and founding Associate Dean, Equity and Professionalism (2008-2017) at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Her research interests include psychotherapy for those with advanced cancer and their close other, vulnerability and resilience in communities of practice and medical education for equity, diversity and inclusion. She holds funding for the following projects:

1. Co-PI with Dr. Kathleen Sitter: AB Cancer Foundation (2020-2022): Preventing depression and enhancing preparation for end of life among advanced cancer patients and their close other

2. PI: University of Calgary Indigenous strategy grant (2019-2021): Indigenous video and simulation project for decolonizing healthcare

3. co-I (PI: Dr. Pam Roach): University of Calgary Office of Health Medical Education Scholarship grant (2020 - 2021) Understanding Educational Experiences across CSM: Informing Critical Indigenous Health Education Identified Education


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • Advanced cancer
Summary of Research

Research projects have typically included undergraduate students and postgraduate residents. The projects have addressed patient and spouse experiences of cervical cancer and lung cancer. Most recently, Dr. de Groot has been involved in a feasibility study for a psychological intervention for individuals with advanced cancer.