Dr. Laura Labelle
Supportive Care Lead, South
Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services
Department of Psychosocial and Rehabilitation Oncology
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Oncology
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Dr. Laura Labelle holds the position of Supportive Care Lead, South, with Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services. A clinical psychologist by discipline, Dr. Labelle leads psychosocial and rehabilitation oncology teams in delivering high quality care to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families living in Southern Alberta. She is passionate about the provision of evidence-based interventions and individualized programming to reduce barriers to receiving treatment and to help cancer patients and families adjust to illness, treatment, and survivorship, reduce distress and enhance well-being. Excellence in supportive care programming is achieved through the integration of clinical service, education, and research.
Dr. Labelle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine. She conducted her graduate research in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and previously held a clinical role as psychologist supporting the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and hematology clinics at the TBCC (2012 – 2018).
Her research has predominantly been focused in the area of mindfulness-based interventions in oncology. Dr. Labelle’s graduate research focused on evaluation of the psychological and physiological effects of a Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR) program, and mediators of these effects. Her current research includes examining screening for distress and psychosocial concerns in a hematopoietic stem cell transplant population, and collaboration on various supportive care program development projects and research initiatives in the province.
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Calgary, 2012
M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, University of Calgary, 2006
BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Victoria, 2003
Supporting my aunt as she coped with cancer when I was a teenager triggered my interest in psychosocial oncology and the relationship between mind and body. My aunt accessed counselling services through the Department of Psychosocial Oncology, TBCC, and shared with me how profoundly this influenced her recovery from cancer. I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to research, deliver, and lead the clinical programs that my aunt once benefited from.