Carolyn Gotay

VCH-affiliated Investigator
Degrees / Designations 


Email Address 
Mailing Address 
Cancer Prevention Centre School of Population and Public Health The University of British Columbia Room 138-2206 East Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3


Academic Appointment 
Body Locations and Systems 
Blood, Heart and Circulation
Disorders and Conditions 
Other Areas of Research 
cancer prevention
Breast Cancer
shift work
quality of life
workplace wellness

Carolyn Gotay, PhD, FCAHS is Professor and Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She also holds an appointment at the BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Gotay received her PhD in psychology from the University of Maryland, and she came to UBC in 2008 after positions at Gettysburg College, the University of Calgary, the (US) National Cancer Institute, and the University of Hawaii. 

Her long career in cancer prevention and control research includes leadership experience in academia and in the community. She has published more than 175 manuscripts and has received national and international support for her research. 

In 2011, she received the President's Award from the International Society of Quality of Life Research for her activities in cancer prevention and control research, and in 2013, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award for her work with the Canadian Cancer Society.

She presently chairs the CCS Research Institute (CCSRI)’s End 1 Development Committee and is Vice Chair of the CCSRI Advisory Council on Research. Dr. Gotay is also a member of the Quality of Life Committee for the CCSRI-supported Clinical Trials Group and the Population Health Committee for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Her research is funded by CCSRI, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. One of her major projects is serving as Director for the Cancer Prevention Centre, a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of British Columbia.

Current Projects 
  • Improving healthy outcomes in prostate cancer patients
  • Improving cancer-related outcomes in shift workers
  • Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic