Emily Drake

Part-time Lecturer


Emily is a health leader skilled in leading multi-modal research programs and translating evidence into health programs, policies, system innovation, digital content and impactful science communication.

A social innovator, Emily co-founded Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Societal Movement (#AYACSM) in 2013. This active, multi-disciplinary Twitter community, continues to grow and is changing the way stakeholders interact and share information regarding adolescents and young adults living with cancer on multiple social media channels.

She also worked with Hope & Cope at the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University as the Director of their young adult cancer support program, which offered in person and digital support services.


Emily has been a contributor to the BMJ Blog, the Cancer Knowledge Network and Oncology Exchange. She has also published in:

  • Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
  • Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
  • Journal of Global Oncology
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice
  • Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Pediatric Blood & Cancer
  • JBI Evidence Synthesis
  • Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Journal of Human Lactation
  • The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society


Emily graduated from Acadia University’s Honours Psychology program and Dalhousie University’s Master’s in Health Promotion program.

She is a PhD in Health candidate at Dalhousie University. She is a Killam Laureate, a Healthy Populations Institute scholar and a Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Training Program trainee.