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Joyce Davison
Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor

Office: E4222 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-8379
Fax: (306) 966-6621
E-mail: joyce.davison@usask.ca

Biography

  • Research Interests
    • Prostate cancer
    • Treatment decision-making
    • Survivorship
    • Quality of life
    • Patient-physician communication
  • Methodology
    • Quantitative
    • Mixed methods

Joyce joined the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in July, 2010. She had previously worked at the Vancouver Prostate Centre as a Nurse Research Scientist for approximately 10 years. Her research program is in the area of human response to cancer, specifically in the area of prostate cancer. The focus of her research is to develop and measure the impact of innovative information interventions on patient’s participation in treatment decision making at various time points in their illness trajectory. The goal of this research program is also to address survivorship issues and to develop clinical interventions that will have a positive impact on patients’ quality of life following treatment.

Recent studies include: assessing the readiness of men and their partners to engage in sexual rehabilitation following radical prostatectomy; providing a dietary intervention to men on hormone therapy to prevent osteoporosis; examining the relationship that exists between decision control and health information seeking behavior (HISB) in a group of men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, the motivations for why these men have a preference for a particular treatment, and the influence of HISB on information resources patients wish to access; assessment of the psychosocial educational needs of men on active surveillance; and studying the impact of coping on treatment decision making. She is currently evaluating an internet based decision support intervention with men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer to assist them to identify their values and preferences.

Many of these studies could be replicated with other cancer patient populations for a graduate thesis.

Joyce has previously been involved in graduate thesis supervision of students in nursing, nutrition, psychology, and biomedical sciences.

Publications

Refereed Journals

Davison, B. J., Szafron, M.,Gutwin,Visvanathan, K. (In Press July 2014). Using a Web-Based Decision Support Intervention to Facilitate Patient-Physician Communication at Prostate Cancer Treatment Discussions. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal.

Davison, B. J., Matthew, A., & Gardner, A. M. (2014, January). Prospective comparison of the impact of robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy versus open radical prostatectomy on health related quality life and decision regret. Canadian Urologic Association Journal

Matthew, A., Jamnicky, L., Davison, B. J., Currie, K., Fleshner, N., Finelli, A., Trachtenberg, J. (2013). Prostate cancer survivorship: a description of a biopsychosocial sexual rehabilitation clinic. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10, 142-142.

Mroz, L. W., Oliffe, J. L., & Davison, B. J. (2013). Masculinities and Patient Perspectives of Communication about Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer. Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association., 32(1), 83-90.

Davison, B.J., Matthew, A., Elliott, S., Breckon, E., & Griffin, S. Assessing couples’ preferences for postoperative sexual rehabilitation before radical prostatectomy. British Journal of Urology International. 110(10), 1529-1535.

Berry, D.L., Halpenny, B., Hong, F., Wolpin, S., Lober, W.B., Russell, K.J., Ellis,W.J., Govindarajulu, U., Bosco, J., Davison, B.J., Bennet, G., Terris, M., Barsevick, A., Lin, D., Yang, C., & Swanson, G. The Personal patient profile-prostate for men with newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer: A multi-centre randomized trial. Urologic Oncology. 2011.
Comment: Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Davison, B.J., Wiens, K., & Cushing, M. Promoting calcium and vitamin D intake to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in men on androgen deprivation therapy for recurrent prostate cancer. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2012; 20(10):2287-2294.

Davison, B.J., & Breckon, E. Impact of health information seeking behavior and personal factors on preferred role in treatment decision making in men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cancer Nursing. 2012; 35(6):411-418.

Davison, B.J., & Breckon, E. Factors influencing treatment decision making and information preferences of prostate cancer patients on active surveillance. Journal of Patient Education and Counseling. 2012; 87: 369-374.

Yule, M.A., Davison, B.J., & Brotto, L.A. The International Index of Erectile Function: A methodological critique and suggestions for improvement. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 2011; 37(4):255-269.

Davison, B.J., & Goldenberg, S.L. Patient acceptance of active surveillance as a treatment option for low-risk prostate cancer. British Journal of Urology International. 2011; 108(11):1787-1793.

Henrikson, E., Davison, B.J., Berry, D. An Evaluation of the control preference scale in a multidisciplinary prostate cancer care setting. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 2011; 29(6):606-618.

Berry, D.L., Hallpenny, B., Wolpin, S., Davison, B.J., Ellis, W.J., Lober, W.B., McReynolds, B.S., & Wulff, J. Development and preliminary evaluation of the Personal Profile-Prostate (P3P): A web-based decision support system for men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2010; 12(4):e67.

Elliott, S., Latini, D.M., Walker, L.M., Wassersug, R., Robinson, J.W. & the ADT Survivorship Working Group (Aubi, S., Beck, A., Clark, J., Davison, B.J., Donovan, K., Fergus, K., Katz, A., Matthew, A., Matousek, R., McLeod, D., Newth, G., Oliffe, J., Rosen, N., & Thomas, B.). Androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: Recommendations to improve patient and partner quality of life. Journal of Sexual Medicine 2010: 7: pp 2996-3010. Collaborator on paper.

Oliffe, J.L., Davison, B.J., Pickles, T., Mroz, L. The self-management of uncertainty among men undertaking active surveillance for low risk prostate cancer. Qualitative Health Research. 2009; 19(4):432-443.

Davison, B.J., Oliffe, J.L., Pickles, T., Mroz, L. Factors influencing men undertaking active surveillance for the management of low-risk prostate cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2009; 36(1):89-96.

Book Chapters

Davison, B. J. (2013). Making Your Decision About Treatment. In C. Glegg. (Ed.), Prostate Cancer: All You Need to Know to Take an Active Part in Your Treatment Vancouver, BC: Intelligent Patient Guide Ltd.

Editorials

Davison BJ. Informing men about their health. Vancouver Sun. November, 2009

Non-Refereed Publications

Davison BJ. Making treatment decisions: An innovative program helps men communicate their preferences and values to their doctors to assist in the process. Our Voice. 2012;17(July-August).

Davison BJ. (January, 2010). Information for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Standard information package for all newly diagnosed patients at The Vancouver Prostate Centre. Second Edition.

Davison BJ. Informed decision making: What you need to know to make the best treatment choice. Our Voice Special Issue Winter 2009;14:7.

Davison BJ. The aftermath of treatment: New focus on sexual rehabilitation means recovery is within reach. Our Voice Special Issue Winter 2009;14:17.

Reports

Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Prostate cancer: diagnosis and treatment. Regina, SK: Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Health; 2012.
Comment: Provided first draft and members of the Provincial Prostate Care Map Group provided comments to the document. Co-publishers: Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative

Bilsker D, Goldenberg SL, Davison BJ. Men's health 2010: New directions in research, policy, and practice. Vancouver, BC: Men’s Health Initiative of British Columbia; 2010.
Comment: Guiding Document, MHIBC, http://www.aboutmen.ca/

Davison BJ. Information for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. 2nd Edition. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Prostate Centre; 2010.
Comment: Standard Information Package for All Newly Diagnosed Patients at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Grants

Matthew, A., Robinson J, McLeod D., Davison, B.J. (Co-PIs) with CIs (Herschorn, S., Gajewski, J., Brock, G., Elliott, S., Finelli, A., Elterman, D., Ritvo, P., Wassersug, R., Isaac, W., Valiquette, L., Jarvi, K.) The Prostate Cancer Canada Sexual Rehabilitation Practitioner e-Training Program (PCC-SHARP), Prostate Cancer Canada- Survivorship Program. Total: $88,023.00 for 2014-17. (C)

Matthew, A., Robinson J, McLeod D., Davison, B.J. (Co-PIs) with CIs (Herschorn, S., Gajewski, J., Brock, G., Elliott, S., Finelli, A., Elterman, D., Ritvo, P., Wassersug, R., Isaac, W., Valiquette, L., Jarvi, K.. The Prostate Cancer Canada Sexual Health and Rehabilitation Clinic Externship Program, Prostate Cancer Canada. Total: $735,203.00 for 2014-17. (C)

Wassersug, R. & Robinson, J. (Co-PIs) with CIs (Aprikan, A., Jarvi, K., Jones, J., Klag, M., Matthew, A., McIntyre, D., McLeod, D., Davison B.J., Proulz, L., Saad, F., Siemens, R., Walker, L.). The Androgen Deprivation Educational Program, Prostate Cancer Canada. Total: $421,000.00 for 2014-17. (C)

Gotay C (PI) with CIs (Chapman, G., Davison, B.J., Kwan, W., Van Patten, C.). Increasing Healthy Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Survivors: An Innovative Cooking Class Intervention Feasibility Study, CCSRI- Innovation Grant. Total: $159,235.00 for 2014-16. (C)

Feldman-Stewart, D. (PI) with CIs, Davison, B.J. (PI at SK site), Tong, C., Kazanjian, A., Kennedy, B., Bender J (Co-investigator), Chin, J., Brundage, M., Malloy, S). ASAP Network Decision Support Tool, Prostate Cancer Canada. Total: $110,000.00 for 2014-17. (C)

Matthew, A. (PI) with CIs (Alibhai, S., Davison, B.J., Finelli, A., Fleshner, N., Trachtenberg, J., McGill, P., Morales, C., & Panzarella, T.). A bio-psychosocial sexual health intervention for prostate cancer survivors and partners: a feasibility study. Canadian Cancer Society Research Initiative, 2012-14, $137,235.58 (C)

Teare, G. & Groot, G. (Co-PIs), with CIs (Leis, A., Lim J.H., Smith, C., Tonita, J., Alvi, R., Goodridge, D., Davison, B. J., & McMullen, L.). Surgical oncology continuous quality improvement research group. SHRF Phase One Health Research Group Grant. $30,000 2013-15. (C)

BC Medical Association: SSC Grant. Goldenberg, L.S.(PI) Bebb, R. (Co-PI), with CIs (Black, P., Kwan, W., McKenzie, M., Elliott, S., Wassersug, R., Davison, B.J., Brotto, L., Campbell, K., Isserow, S., Mroz, L., Van Patten, C., Tyldesley, S., So, A., Nigro, M., & Griffin, S.) From surviving to thriving: A comprehensive survivorship program for prostate cancer patients, their partners, and family. $500,000 (December 2012-December 2013). (C)

Davison, B. J. (PI), with CIs (Gutwin, C., Szafron, M., & Visvanathan, K.) Profiling prostate cancer patients’ preferences to facilitate treatment decision making. SHRF Establishment Grant. $120,000 (October 2012- October 2015). (C)

Davison, B. J. Evaluating a self-management program for prostate cancer survivors following surgery. Proposal Development Assistance, Office of the Vice President of Research, University of Saskatchewan $1,000 (April 2012- January 2013). (C)

Davison, B. J.(PI), with CIs (Gutwin, C., Szafron, M., Visvanathan, K., Holtslander, L., & Racine, L.). Profiling patients’ preferences to facilitate treatment decision making. $42,896, Canada’s Motorcycle Ride for DAD. (October 2011- February 2013). (C)

Davison, B.J. (PI) with CIs (K. Wiens, D. Budz, D. Bulych, & K. Gesy). Promoting optimum vitamin D and calcium dietary intake of patients initiating androgen deprivation therapy. College of Nursing Grant in Support of Nutrition and Dietetic Research $9,200 January, 2011-April, 2013. ( C)

Davison, B.J. (PI). Treatment decision-making of men with localized prostate cancer: The influence of health information seeking behavior, decision control and personal factors: phase one. University of Saskatchewan $5,000. January, 2011-January 2012. (C)

Davison, B.J. (PI) with CIs (Goldenberg, L.S., Black, P., & So, A.). Motor Cycle Ride for Dad, BC Chapter $25,000. Active surveillance survey. (May 2010- May 2011. (C)

Davison, B.J. (PI) with CIs (Gleave, M., Goldenberg, S. L., So, A., & Black, P.). Development of a patient education booklet for newly diagnosed patients and their families entitled ‘Information for Men Newly Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer:’ Educational grants from Sanofi Aventis ($3,600) and Astra Zeneca ($3,600). (Total-$7,200), October 2008. (NC)

Davison, B.J. & Cushing, M. (PIs) with CIs (Gleave, M., Goldenberg, S.L., & So, A.). Promoting optimum vitamin D and calcium dietary intake of patients on androgen deprivation therapy for reccurent prostate cancer following radical prostatectomy. BC Foundation for Prostate Disease ($75,000), Sept 2007-2010. (C)

Berry, D. (PI)with CIs (Lober, W., Barsevick, A., Bennett, G., Davison, B.J., Swanson, G., Yang, C., Ellis, W., Russell, K., & Gotay, C.). Personal patient profile-prostate (P4) randomized, multi-site trial (R01 NR009692-01A1). National Institute of Health ($1,853,641), 2006-2009. (C)

Member of Research Networks (National and International) Peer Reviewed

Member, Canadian Survivorship Action Partnership (ASAP) Network. Selected through peer reviewed Expression of Interest competition which included submission of a research proposal. Network will allocate $11 million over 3 years (2013-2016) to prostate cancer research projects designed by group members to develop a national survivorship program for prostate cancer patients (C)

Member, Australian Survivorship Action Partnership (ASAP) Network. Selected through peer reviewed Expression of Interest competition which included submission of a research proposal. Network will allocate $6.25 million over 3 years (2012-2015) to prostate cancer research projects designed by group members (C)