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Colleen Dunphy, PhD

 Colleen Dunphy, PhD

 Clinical Research Coordinator III/Rehabilitation Consultant, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Toronto, ON.

 Status Only Appointment (Lecturer), Rehabilitation Sciences Sector, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, ON

               Doctor of Science, Rehabilitation and Health Leadership (c), Queen's University, Kingston, ON.


  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 2006.
  • Masters of Science (Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2016.
  • Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership (candidate), Queen's University, Kingston, ON (anticipated Nov 2022.

Academic and Research Interests

  • head and neck cancer
  • palliative care
  • cancer rehabilitation
  • cancer survivorship
  • cancer exercise
  • patient experience
  • quality of life


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1: McEwen S, Dunphy C, Norman Rios J, Davis A, Jones J, Lam A, Poon I, Martino R, Ringash J. Development and pre-testing of a rehabilitation planning consultation for head-and-neck cancer. Curr Oncol. 2017 Jun;24(3):153-160. doi: 10.3747/co.24.3529. Epub 2017 Jun 27. PMID: 28680274; PMCID: PMC5486379.

2: McEwen S, Rodriguez AM, Martino R, Poon I, Dunphy C, Rios JN, Ringash J. "I didn't actually know there was such a thing as rehab": survivor, family, and clinician perceptions of rehabilitation following treatment for head and neck cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Apr;24(4):1449-53. doi: 10.1007/s00520-015-3021-1. Epub 2015 Nov 18. PMID: 26576966.

3: McEwen SE, Dunphy C, Rios JN, Davis AM, Jones J, Martino R, Poon I, Ringash J. Evaluation of a rehabilitation planning consult for survivors of head and neck cancer. Head Neck. 2018 Jul;40(7):1415-1424. doi: 10.1002/hed.25113. Epub 2018 Mar 22. PMID: 29566448.

4: Ringash J, Bernstein LJ, Devins G, Dunphy C, Giuliani M, Martino R, McEwen S. Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship: Learning the Needs, Meeting the Needs. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2018 Jan;28(1):64-74. doi: 10.1016/j.semradonc.2017.08.008. PMID: 29173757.

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