• Lynda Balneaves.
  • Associate professor

    College of Nursing
    Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
    Room 495 - 89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-6353
    Fax: 204-474-7682

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

Adjunct senior scientist, Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology, CancerCare Manitoba

Research groups

Canadian Childhood Cannabinoid Clinical Trials (C4T)

Canadian Cancer Trials Group, Supportive Care and Breast Cancer Disease Site Groups


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 currently the immediate past-president of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and is deputy director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC). She teaches 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.


PhD, University of British Columbia (2002)

Master of Nursing, University of Manitoba (1996)

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba (1994)

Bachelor of Science, University of Manitoba (1990)


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