Sharon Campbell, PhD

Sharon Campbell, PhD

Title: Senior Scientist
Tel. 519-888-4583
Fax. 519-886-6424
Office. LHN 1726

Sharon Campbell is a Senior Scientist at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact and a Research Associate Professor in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Sharon has a long history of work in oncology nursing, cancer epidemiology and prevention and health policy research. She received her training at the University of Alberta (Masters in Nursing) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD in Public Health). Following eight years at the Alberta Cancer Board, she moved to Propel (formerly CBRPE) and the University of Waterloo in 1998.

Sharon has extensive research and evaluation experience in the cancer field. She provides leadership for the evaluation of Canadian tobacco cessation quitlines and sits on the board of the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC). Sharon‘s work was instrumental in developing an international Minimal Data Set for evaluating the reach, utilization and effectiveness of tobacco cessation quitlines. The Minimal Data Set, endorsed by the North American Quitline Consortium, is currently in use throughout North America and parts of Europe. She received the 2007 NACQ Leadership Award for this contribution.

Sharon also leads a research program in supportive cancer care, with a focus on instrument development and the impact of volunteer delivered support. Her research has developed and validated instruments for determining the prevalence of, and factors associated with, the unmet needs of cancer survivors and their principal support person.

Sharon and her colleagues across Canada have also adapted and validated instruments that measure the extent to which information and peer support lead to greater empowerment and improved quality of life.

In 2008, Sharon was the recipient of the Oral Health Promotion Award from the Canadian Dental Association for her contribution to the prevention of tobacco related oral diseases and disorders. She conducted the first Canadian study to enhance the role of dental offices in providing tobacco cessation services to patients. As a result of that study, tobacco cessation services became institutionalized as standard dental practice.

Publication(s) Presentation(s)

Selected Publication(s)

Cameron R, Riley B, Campbell HS, Manske S, Lamers-Bellio K. (2009). The imperative of strategic alignment across organizations: The experience of the Canadian Cancer Society‘s Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation. Canadian Journal of Public Health100(1: Special Insert), I-27-I-30.
Campbell HS, Ossip-Klein L, Bailey L, Saul J, Research and Evaluation Working Group. (2007). Minimal dataset for quitlines: A best practice. Tobacco Control16(Suppl 1), i16-20.
Campbell HS, Sanson-Fisher R, Taylor-Brown J, Hayward L, Wang S, Turner D. (2009). The cancer support person’s unmet needs survey: Psychometric properties. Cancer115(14), 3351-3359.
Campbell HS, Sanson-Fisher R, Turner D, Hayward L, Wang X, Taylor-Brown J. (2010). Psychometric properties of cancer survivors’ unmet needs survey. Supportive Care in Cancer19(2), 221-230.
Cummins SE, Bailey L, Campbell HS, Koon-Kirby, Zhu SH. (2007). Tobacco cessation quitlines in North America: A descriptive study. Tobacco Control16(Suppl 1), i9-i15.
Hayward L, Campbell HS, Sutherland-Brown C. (2007). Aboriginal users of Canadian quitlines: An exploratory analysis. Tobacco Control16(Suppl 1), i60-i64.
Sabiston CM, Lobato CY, Ahmed R, Pullman AW, Hadd V, Campbell HS, Nykiforuk C, Brown KS. (2009). School smoking policy characteristics and individual perceptions of the school tobacco context: Are they linked to students’ smoking status? Journal of Youth and Adolescence38(10), 1374-1387.
Sanson-Fisher R, Mackenzie L, Hill D, Campbell HS, Turner D. (2009). Reducing inequities in cancer care: The role of cancer registries. Cancer115(16), 3597-3605.

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Selected Presentation(s)

Campbell HS. (2008, November). Cancer Survivorship in Canada: Research Directions. Presented at the Identifying Priorities for Cancer Survivorship Research: Pan-Canadian Invitational Workshop. British Columbia Cancer Agency. Vancouver, BC.
Campbell, HS. (2007, June). Development of an international data set for evaluating tobacco cessation quitlines. Presented st the IUPHE, Vancouver, BC.
Campbell, HS. (2007, November). Evaluating large scale strategies: Lessons from tobacco control. Presented at the Journees annuells de sante publique, Preventing Obesity: Ingredients for a Successful Government Plan, Montreal, QC.
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