Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute
Director, Psychology Division, Jewish General Hospital
Director, Louise Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program, Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital
Director, McGill Psychosocial Oncology Program, Department of Oncology, McGill University
Associate Professor, Departments of Oncology, Psychiatry and Psychology, McGill University
Dr. Rosberger is the Director of the Psychology Division at the Jewish General Hospital, which provides exemplary clinical care to patients and their families. From 2004-2006, he was President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. He has led the development of the Louise Granofsky-Psychosocial Oncology Program in the Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital and he has participated on numerous provincial and national committees advocating for improvement of the emotional care for cancer patients and their families. He is also Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital; and Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry and Oncology, McGill University.
Major Research Activities
Dr. Rosberger is a leading researcher in clinical health psychology, with over 38 years of experience and expertise, mostly in the area of psychosocial oncology. His current research focus is on the prevention of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, and related diseases (e.g., cervical cancer, penile cancer, genital warts, oropharyngeal cancer). His studies examine psychosocial correlates and predictors of Pap screening, HPV testing, and uptake of the HPV vaccine in several populations. In particular, he is investigating HPV vaccine decision-making in young adults who are at high risk for infection, as well as parents of young boys and girls who must decide whether or not to vaccinate their children. He has additional collaborative, research interests that span the cancer trajectory from prevention to survivorship issues, including recurrence. Specific studies include: infertility distress in young male cancer patients, melanoma prevention, and psychosocial and coping concerns in adolescents and young adults with cancer. He is a principle investigator and co-investigator on several on-going CIHR and FRSQ grants with researchers from multiple disciplines.
Other research interests include psychosocial factors in sexually transmitted infections and cancer prevention (HPV); quality of life; psychosocial oncology; the psychosocial impact of diagnostic and treatment interventions in cancer populations (e.g., chemotherapy-induced infertility in men, brachytherapy for rectal cancer, breast biopsy); distress and coping in cancer patients.
Zimet, G., Rosberger, Z., Fisher, W.A., Perez, S. & Stupiansky, N.W. (2013). Beliefs, behaviors and HPV vaccine: Correcting the myths and the misinformation. Preventive Medicine, In Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.05.013.
Krawczyk, A.,Stephenson, E., Perez, S., Lau, E. & Rosberger, Z.(2013). Deconstructing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Knowledge: Objective and Perceived Knowledge in Males’ Intentions to Receive the HPV Vaccine. American Journal of Health Education, 44(1): p. 26-31.DOI:10.1080/19325037.2012.749714.
Korner, A., Drapeau, M., Thombs, B., Rosberger, Z., Wang, B., Khanna, M., et al.(2013). Barriers and facilitators of adherence to medical advice on skin self-examination during melanoma follow-up care. BMC Dermatology, 13(1): p. 3. DOI: 10.1186/1471-5945-13-3.