Colleen M. Davison

Study program:
Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. PhD Community Health Sciences (Population Health)
Current affiliation:
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Tenured Associate Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences
Cross Appointment - Department of Global Development Studies

Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Visiting International Professor
Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Social Epidemiologist and Global Population Health Researcher, Dr. Colleen Davison (2004 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar) works with young people and their families to raise awareness and build evidence and capacity around adolescent health equity and child rights globally. Her Ph.D. dissertation  was a mixed-methods educational ethnography including a year living in a school residence among Indigenous adolescents in the Tlicho First Nation of Behchoko, NWT.

In 2001-2002 Dr. Davison completed a CIDA-funded internship in School Health at WHO/PAHO in the Dominican Republic and has since undertaken related consultancies with UNICEF Mongolia, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian International Resource Development Institute, the Canadian Nurses Association and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.  Dr. Davison is a founding member of ARCH – A Global Health Equity Research Collaborative  at Queen’s University and is an active member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research  and the WHO-affiliated Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study.

In many ways, I knew a real sense of freedom as a Trudeau scholar and I believe this translated into the work that I was able to do with my northern partners. I felt encouraged by other Trudeau community members. I felt included in circles of discussion that expanded my own way of thinking about the world, this was a great privilege.

Colleen MacLean Davison is tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences with a cross-appointment to the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University. Dr. Davison was a Trudeau Scholar (2004-2008) and obtained a PhD in Population Health with training in Social Epidemiology from the University of Calgary (2007), a Masters of Public Health from the University of Glasgow, Scotland (2000) and undergraduate degrees in Natural Science, Outdoor Recreation and Education from Lakehead University (1991-1995; 1996). Dr. Davison has an international program of research and capacity development focusing on adolescent health equity and child rights. She works with local and international partners, including children and their families, to study and better translate solutions for overcoming health inequities. In addition to her research and teaching, she can also be found chasing her own four children around their backyard in Kingston.