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Faculty Member

Mary Vachon RN, BS,MA,PhD

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204 St George Street Toronto, ON M5R 2N5
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Adjunct Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member

Research Interests

  • Integration of complementary approaches into psychotherapy with those with life-threatening illness and the bereaved
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Occupational stress in health care professionals
  • End of life Care
  • Palliative care
  • Spiratuality in cancer and bereavement

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • primarily a clinician, lecture on request

Honours & Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award of 2008 of The International Journal of Palliative Nursing, London England, 7 March 2008.
  • Distinguished Researcher Award, 2001 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Awarded at the 2nd Joint Clinical Conference on Hospice and Palliative Care, Orlando, Florida, 25 March 2001.
  • Hall of Fame, St. Mary’s High School, Lynn, Massachusetts, 1999.
  • Alumnae Achievement Award, Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association, 125th Celebration, 25 September 1998.
  • Best Oral Paper Presentation, The Eighth Annual Palliative Care Conference, Palliative Care…Beyond Suffering, April 27-28, 1998.
  • 1997-98 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Occupational Therapy Education, Through Short Term or Limited Involvement, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
  • Dorothy Ley Award for Excellence in Palliative Care, Ontario Palliative Care Association, April 1997.
  • Carmelita Lawlor Lectureship in Community Palliative Care, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, April, 1995.
  • Citation of Merit, Board of Directors, Canadian Cancer Society, 1991.
  • The National Breast Cancer Awareness Award, The Toronto Women’s Breast Cancer Foundation, 1987.
  • Mara Morgenson Flaherty Lectureship, for excellence in psychosocial care, Oncology Nursing Society, 1985.

Current Research Projects

  • 2000 – The use of complementary and alternative therapies in patients attending the Rapid response Radiotherapy Program

Representative Publications

  • Vachon MLS. (2009, in press). The emotional problems of the patient in palliative medicine. Hanks G, Cherny NI, Kaasa S, Portenoy R, Christakis N, Fallon M (eds). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine.4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kearney MK, Weininger RB, Vachon MLS, Mount BM, Harrison RL. (2009). Self-Care of Physicians Caring for Patients at the End of Life: “Being Connected…A Key to My Survival”. JAMA 301:1155-1164.
  • Vachon MLS, Müeller M. Burnout and Symptoms of Stress (2009). In Breitbart W Chochinov HM (eds). Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 559-625.
  • Vachon, MLS. (2008). The soul’s wisdom: stories of living and dying. Current Oncology.15: Suppl 2, S 107:48-52.
  • Vachon MLS. (2008). Meaning, spirituality and wellness in cancer survivors. DK Mayer (ed).Seminars in Oncology Nursing Issue on Survivorship. 24: 218-225.
  • Vachon MLS. (2008). Stress and burnout in palliative medicine. In: Walsh D, Caraceni AE, Fainsinger R, Foley K, Glare P, Lloyd-Williams M, Núnez-Olarte J, Von Roenn J, Tieman E (eds). Palliative Medicine. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier, pp. 75-83.
  • Vachon MLS (2007). Caring for the professional caregivers:before and after the death. In: K J Doka (ed). Living with Grief: Before and after the Death. Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America, pp. 311-330.
  • Vachon MLS, Sherwood C. (2007). Staff stress and burnout. In AM Berger, JL Shuster, JH Von Roenn (eds). Principles and Practice of Palliative Care and Supportive Oncology. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, pp.667-683.
  • Vachon MLS (2006). Staff stress and burnout in palliative care. In: E Bruera, IJ Higginson, C Ripamonti, C F von Gunten (eds). Textbook of Palliative Medicine. London: Hodder Arnold, pp.1002-1010.
  • Vachon MLS. (2006). Psychological distress and coping after cancer treatment. American Journal of Nursing State of the Science on Nursing Approaches to Managing Late and Long-Term Sequelae of Cancer and Cancer Treatment. CP Curtiss and PJ Haylock (eds). 106:3 Supplement:26-31.