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Emily Drake

Emily Drake

PhD in Health Student, Dalhousie University


Emily is a passionate and innovative public health leader. A graduate of Acadia University’s Honours Psychology program, and Dalhousie University’s Master’s in Health Promotion program, Emily demonstrates high levels of health services and knowledge translation/implementation science acuity. A former contributor to the Huffington Post (US) and invited public health speaker, her writing and public speaking skills have been sought out by non-profit organizations, healthcare providers and the private sector in Canada, the United States and Australia.Emily currently lives in Halifax where she runs her own consulting business (, and is a PhD in Health student at Dalhousie University. She is a Killam Laureate, a Healthy Populations Institute Scholar and a former Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Training Program trainee. Prior to this she was working with Hope & Cope at the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University as the Director of their young adult cancer support program. A social innovator, in 2013, Emily co-founded and continues to grow Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Societal Movement (#ayacsm) - an active, multi-disciplinary community that is changing the way stakeholders interact and share information regarding young adults with cancer.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Adolescent and young adult oncology
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Online communities
  • Social media
  • Knowledge translation




  • Drake, E. K., & Urquhart, R. (2019). The Experiences of Young Adults Living with Metastatic/Advanced Cancer: A Scoping Review. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2019.00932.
  • Dol, J., Tutelman, P.R., Chambers, C.T., Barwick, M., Drake, E.K., Parker, J.A., Parker, R., Benchimol, E.I., George, R.B., & Witteman, H.O. (2019). Health researchers’ use of social media: A scoping review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(11), e13687. doi: 10.2196/136873.
  • Tutelman, P. R., Drake, E. K., & Urquhart, R. (2019). ‘It could have been me’: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of health care providers’ experiences caring for adolescents and young adults with terminal cancer. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 8(5), 587-592. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2019.00154.
  • Paynter, M., Drake, E. K., Cassidy, C., & Snelgrove-Clarke, E. (2019). Maternal health outcomes for incarcerated women: A scoping review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(11-12), 2046-2060. doi: 10.1111/jocn.148375.
  • Drake, E. K., & Urquhart, R. (2019). “Figure out what it is you love to do and live the life you love”: The experiences of young adults returning to work after primary cancer treatment. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 8(3), 368-372. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2018.01176.
  • Perales, M. A., Drake, E. K., Pemmaraju, N., & Wood, W.A. (2016). Social Media and the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) patient with cancer. Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports, 11(6), 449-455. doi: 10.1007/s11899-016-0313-67.
  • Murray, E., Numer, M., Merritt, B., Gahagan, J., & Comber, S. (2012). Healthy-aging among LGBT seniors in Nova Scotia: A review of the literature. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 1(4), 179-192.

Contact Information and Social Media


Phone number: 1-902-292-3859

Twitter: @EK_Drake

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