• Lynda Balneaves.
  • Associate dean (research)

    College of Nursing
    Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
    Room 285 - 89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-6353
    Fax: 204-474-7682
    Email: lynda.balneaves@umanitoba.ca

Leadership style

As associate dean, research in the College of Nursing, my main role is to offer support and guidance to our diverse faculty and graduate students to advance their research programs and scholarship. This includes identifying relevant funding and training opportunities, developing education sessions, and ensuring appropriate resources and services are available to facilitate their scholarly activities.

As the director of the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR), I also work closely with an outstanding team that offers small grant funding, CV and grant development support, research workshops and webinars, statistical consultation, and online survey development support to MCNHR members. 

Research summary

The use of complementary and integrative health care by individuals living with chronic illness, including cancer.

Psychosocial oncology research focused on the lived experience of individual affected by cancer and their support persons.

The experience of medical and non-medical cannabis access and use.

The impact of COVID-19 on the treatment and survivorship experience of Canadians living with cancer.

Shared treatment decision making, including the development and evaluation of decision support interventions.

Research affiliations

Research groups


  • Cancer
  • Cannabis
  • Complementary therapies
  • Decision making
  • Integrative medicine
  • Psychosocial oncology


Dr. Balneaves has been a nursing leader for over 25 years in the fields of psychosocial oncology, shared treatment decision making and complementary and integrative health care. She is the principal investigator of the Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes (CAMEO) research program and has published and presented on topics related to integrative oncology, medical and non-medical cannabis, treatment decision making, and knowledge translation.

She is a past-president of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and former deputy director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC). She has taught evidence-informed practice courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervises students interested in the lived experiences of people affected by cancer, treatment decision-making process, complementary and integrative health care, medical and non-medical cannabis, knowledge translation and mixed methods.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of British Columbia (2002)

  • Master of Nursing from the University of Manitoba (1996)

  • Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba (1994)

  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba (1990)


  • University of Manitoba Faculty Association’s CAUT Award for Dedicated Service (2023)

  • Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba Award of Excellence in Research (2023)

  • Award of Excellence in Research from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (2012)

  • Public/Media Engagement Award from the UBC School of Nursing (2012)

  • Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Award of Excellence in Nursing Research (2010)

Contact us

College of Nursing
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada