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Melba D'Souza

(She, Her, Hers)
Ph.D., M.Phil.N., M.Sc.N., B.Sc.N., G.N.E., R.N., C.C.N.E., C. M.S.N.©
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Psychosocial Oncology
840 College Drive, Thompson Rivers University, 805 TRU Way,
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada V2C 0C8
Primary Phone: (604) 751 6672 
Office Phone: (250) 371 5539
I respect and acknowledge that I am a guest living, learning, and working on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwépemc'ulucw. The region TRU serves also extends into the territories of the St’át’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Tŝilhqot'in, Nuxalk, and Dakelh. I am grateful for the Secwepemc Nation’s generosity and hospitality while I live, learn, and work in their territory.


I am living and committed to improving my professional practices on Tk’emlúps (tehKEM-loops) te Secwépemc (sec-WEP-m) (Kamloops campus) within Secwépemc’ulucw (sec-WEP-m-ulu). I am thankful for the ability to live, work, and gather on this traditional Land and unceded territory of the Secwépemc (sec-WEP-m) people. This Land is a gathering place for nations of the Stat’imc (STAT-lee-UM), Nlaka’pamux (ING-la-cap-em), Nuxalk (NEW-hawk), Tsilhqot’in (sill-ko-TEEN), Dakelh (DAH-kell) and Syilx peoples whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to positively influence me. As I learn and grow in my relationship to the Peoples of the Land, my relationship to the people, and physical presence of this space, through the scholarship journey to make efforts towards continued improvement and advocacy for better care and outcome
My research work involves access to healthcare and health equity, health promotion behaviours and self-management, patient engagement in care through an equity-oriented lens in chronic illness and cancer. 

My work is focused on applying self-determination and meaningful experiences in nurturing, caring and healing for clients and caregivers through fostering partnership for co-creating a foundation in comprehensive cancer care. My scholarship of research encompasses the Community Engagement and Knowledge Translation Summit on Emotional Wellness and Navigation Services for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers. I have conducted a Systematic Review on Breast Cancer Survivorship and Support for Immigrant Women with Breast Cancer and the Financial Burden and Outcomes of Existing Oncological Care in Kamloops B.C. and Alternative Prophylactic Patient Engagement and Care Examination. A Breast Cancer Case Study. 

I have supported the co-creation of Indigenous Wellness Support Networks by and for Indigenous Health Care Professionals in Interior BC as a key research team member. I am working on a Participatory Indigenous Nursing Knowledge Translation Project: Co-Creating Indigenous Wellness Support Networks by and For Indigenous Healthcare Professionals in Interior British Columbia as a co-applicant. I am a principal applicant on Reclaiming and Recovering Indigenous Knowledge in Graduate Nursing: Intergenerational Learning with Communities.

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