Mary Jane Esplen, PhD, RN


Behavioral Scientist

Mary Jane Esplen

Dr. Mary Jane Esplen is committed to helping people with hereditary colorectal disease. Her goal is to enable patients to learn how to live with their genetic diagnosis and how to share this information with their family members. She conducts group sessions and is available for individual consultation.


Mount Sinai Hospital
Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases
Familial Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry (FGICR)


  • Vodermaier A, Esplen MJ, Maheu C. Can self-esteem, mastery and perceived stigma predict long-term adjustment in women carrying a BRCA1/2-mutation? Evidence from a multi-center study. Fam Cancer. 2010 Feb 6.
  • Carroll JC, Rideout AL, Wilson BJ, Allanson JM, Blaine SM, Esplen MJ, Farrell SA, Graham GE, MacKenzie J, Meschino W, Miller F, Prakash P, Shuman C, Summers A, Taylor S. Genetic education for primary care providers: improving attitudes, knowledge, and confidence. Can Fam Physician. 2009 Dec;55(12):e92-9.
  • Esplen MJ, Stuckless N, Hunter J, Liede A, Metcalfe K, Glendon G, Narod S, Butler K, Scott J, Irwin E. The BRCA Self-Concept Scale: a new instrument to measure self-concept in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers. Psychooncology. 2009 Nov;18(11):1216-29
  • Esplen MJ, Stuckless N, Berk T, Butler K, Gallinger S. The FAP self-concept scale (adult form).Fam Cancer. 2009;8(1):39-50. Epub 2008 Aug 13.
  • McLean LM, Jones JM, Rydall AC, Walsh A, Esplen MJ, Zimmermann C, Rodin GM. A couples intervention for patients facing advanced cancer and their spouse caregivers: outcomes of a pilot study.Psychooncology. 2008 Nov;17(11):1152-6.
  • Clarke S, Butler K, Esplen MJ. The phases of disclosing BRCA1/2 genetic information to offspring. Psychooncology. 2008 Aug;17(8):797-803.
  • Kohut K, Manno M, Gallinger S, Esplen MJ. Should healthcare providers have a duty to warn family members of individuals with an HNPCC-causing mutation? A survey of patients from the Ontario Familial Colon Cancer Registry.
    J Med Genet. 2007 Jun;44(6):404-7.
  • Lal S, Appelton J, Mascarenhas J, Stempak JM, Esplen MJ, Silverberg MS. Attitudes toward genetic testing in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2007 Apr;19(4):321-7.
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