Lynda G. Balneaves, PhD, RN, has been elected President-Elect of the Society for Integrative Oncology.
She previously served as Secretary of this international, multi-disciplinary healthcare organization.
Dr. Balneaves is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the inaugural Director of the Centre of Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto, a collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, as well as The Scarborough Hospital. She holds the Kwok Yuen and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto and is a Scientist in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She has served as Associate Director, Research, and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia.
Her research focuses on knowledge translation and supporting informed treatment decisions of people interested in using complementary therapies. Since 2007, she has been the principal investigator of the Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes (CAMEO) research program focused on the development and evaluation of education and decision support strategies for people living with cancer who are using complementary therapies. She also has been active on a variety of intervention studies on select complementary therapies and lifestyle interventions in cancer care and in health services and policy research related to medical cannabis in Canada.
Dr. Balneaves was a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award (2008-2013) and Canadian Cancer Society Scholar Award (2004-2008). She received the Award of Excellence in Nursing Research from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia in 2012. She is a board member for the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR).
She received her doctorate from the University of British Columbia School of Nursing and Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing from the University of Manitoba.