Dr. Fitch has a Bachelor of Nursing, Dalhousie University (Halifax) a Masters of Science in Nursing (Faculty of Nursing) and Doctorate (Institute of Medical Science), University of Toronto.
Dr Fitch is Professor (Adjunct) in the Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Professor in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. She is also a Research Associate at the Sunnybrook Research Institute at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She maintains an active research program in supportive cancer care with an emphasis on understanding patient perspectives, coping with illness, and psychosocial distress. She has particular expertise in psychometric evaluation, program evaluation, qualitative methods, patient-reported outcomes, and knowledge translation and exchange. An on-going focus of her work have been the incorporation of research approaches and evidence into practice.
Dr. Fitch also holds the position of Expert Lead with the Person-Centered Perspective Portfolio of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Over the past decade, she has provided leadership across the country in moving a person-centered agenda forward for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members with Canada’s Cancer Control Strategy. Screening for Distress, Navigation, Survivorship, and Supportive Care Program Implementation have been particular foci of her efforts.
Dr. Fitch is currently appointed as the Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. She was the Founding President of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology and served as the President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. She has written extensively about the supportive care needs of cancer patients and speaks regularly at national and international conferences on the topic.
Dr. Fitch serves as Chair of the TrueNTH Canada Advisory Committee. Her previous research work related to prostate cancer has focused on support groups for men diagnosed with prostate cancer, identification of needs of patients and survivors, sexuality and masculinity, and use of theatre-based dissemination of research results (play entitled No Big Deal). Her recent research is with the Canadian Prostate Biomarker Network and focuses on the perspectives men diagnosed with prostate cancer hold about being on active surveillance.