Dr. Mayer’s research focusses on understanding the needs of cancer patients and their families living in rural and remote communities and developing oncology programming that is unique to the geography and population of the Local Health Integration Network-13. She strives to improve access and quality to supportive care and psychosocial services, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life for people affected by cancer.
Recipient of several grants, she led one of the first and largest Canadian initiatives to implement Screening for Distress, 6th Vital Sign, in 14 Community Oncology Chemotherapy Clinics in Northeastern Ontario.
Dr. Mayer is currently leading the implementation of additional patient reported outcome measures through a pilot quality improvement project at the NECC for the symptoms of depression, anxiety, pain and cancer fatigue as part of the Improving Patient Experience and Health Outcomes Collaborative (iPEHOC). Sudbury is one of three pilot sites in Ontario with another three pilot sites in Quebec, funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer through Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). As part of iPEHOC, she is working in collaboration with the Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit at Cancer Care Ontario to implement and evaluate patient reported outcomes measures working collaboratively with First Nations communities on Manitoulin Island.
Her work is grounded in Feminist Epistemologies, the methodology of Participatory Action Research, qualitative methods, mixed methods and knowledge translation.