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Dr. Annett Körner
Senior Investigator, Psychosocial Research Axis, Lady Davis Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
Associate Member, Department of Oncology, McGill University
Senior Associate, Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital
Associate Member, Cancer Care Mission, McGill University Health Centre
Mentor, Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT) program

Dr. Körner is a licensed psychologist with expertise in clinical, educational, and health psychology. She practiced as psychotherapist in the departments of psychosomatic medicine at the universities of Leipzig and Freiburg, Germany, and chaired the psycho-dermatological services at the Medical Centre of the University of Freiburg until she moved to Quebec. Prior to focusing on psychosocial oncology, Dr. Körner developed extensive research expertise in the areas of psychological assessment, relationship schemas, interpersonal functioning, personality and mental health. This background facilitates her current research, which examines the relationship between extrinsic forces that act on individuals (e.g., cancer, social, and cultural factors) and their intrinsic capacity (e.g., personality characteristics, interpersonal competence, coping strategies) to deal with and regulate situations of extreme adversity.

Major Research Activities

Dr. Körner is currently conducting a longitudinal, mixed-method study on secondary prevention of melanoma through early detection via skin self-examination (funded by the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec). This project aims at barriers and facilitators of health-protective behaviours, inherent self-regulation processes, and interpersonal factors like physician and partner support in order to develop more effective prevention strategies that promote the sustained practice of skin self-examination in individuals at high risk for melanoma.
McGill’s Health Psychology Research Group (HPRG), directed by Dr. Körner, is conducting a randomized controlled trial on a minimal-cost coping intervention program for patients with cancer.
Other research interests include the psychological adjustment to non-melanoma skin cancer, effective cancer patient education, and quality of life after prostatectomy versus active surveillance.

Recent Publications
Roberts, N., Lee, V., Annang, B., & Körner, A. (in press). Acceptability of bibliotherapy for patients with cancer: A qualitative descriptive study. Oncology Nursing Forum.

Coroiu, A., Körner, A., Burke, S., Meterissian, S., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015, e-first). Stress and Posttraumatic Growth Among Survivors of Breast Cancer: A Test of Curvilinear Effects. Intl Jrnl of Stress Management.

Körner, A., Coroiu, A., Copeland, L., Albani, C., Gomez-Garibello, C., Zenger, M., & Brähler, E. (2015). The Role of Self-Compassion in Buffering Symptoms of Depression in the General Population. PLoS ONE, 10(10), e0136598. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0136598

Körner, A., Garland, R., Czajkowska, Z., Coroiu, A., & Khanna, M. (2015, e-first). Supportive care needs and distress in patients with non-melanoma skin cancer: Nothing to worry about? European Journal of Oncology Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2015.07.006
Dr. Körner was invited to provide expert advice to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), a national agency focusing on cancer prevention, enhancing patients’ quality of life, and decreasing cancer mortality.

As a member of CPAC’s Cancer Journey Action Group, instituted in 2008, Dr. Körner contributed to the development of a national strategy for cancer patients’ access to information and supportive care services throughout the trajectory of the illness (referred to as cancer patient navigation).

Together with Dr. Carmen Loiselle, she is co-leader of a CPAC-funded project to pilot a cutting-edge, web-based health communication tool in seven Canadian cancer centres as a complement to professional and peer navigation.

Since 2011, Dr. Körner has assumed a mentor role at the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT) program. This CIHR-funded Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research links Canada’s top psychosocial oncology researchers across disciplines to guide the next generation of scientists in the development of effective, accessible, state-of-the-art psychosocial cancer care interventions that will make a difference in the lives of people facing the threat of cancer.
Important Links
Health Psychology Research Group

Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT) program

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
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