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Carolyn Gotay

Carolyn Gotay

Professor Emeritus PhD, FCAHS

Past (Founding) Canadian Cancer Society

Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention

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Carolyn C. Gotay is an Emeritus Professor in the Epidemiology Division.

She was the founding Canadian Cancer Society Chair (CCS) in Cancer Primary Prevention, and she directed the CCS/UBC Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention 2008-18. She served as Interim SPPH Director in 2011 and SPPH Co-Director 2016-18.

Dr. Gotay is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award and the President’s Award from the International Society of Quality of Life Research.

Dr. Gotay’s areas of interest include:

  • Interventions to reduce modifiable cancer risk factors
  • Community-based research
  • Mixed methods
  • Assessment of person-reported outcomes
  • Quality of life in cancer patients and survivors
  • Clinical trials of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and symptom interventions