Colleen M. Davison

Study program:
Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queen's University Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the Kingston General Hospital
Current affiliation:
Queen's University & Kingston General Hospital

Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queen's University Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the Kingston General Hospital

A global health scholar and social justice supporter, Dr. Colleen Davison, 2014 Trudeau scholar, works with young people and their families to raise awareness and build evidence and capacity around child health equity issues in Canada and abroad. Her PhD at the University of Calgary involved youth from the Tlicho First Nation of Behchoko, Northwest Territories. Davidson is currently leading a CIHR- and PHAC-funded research program ( and inspiring agents of change through global health teaching and mentorship as an assistant professor of public health sciences at Queen’s University.
Key words: global health, child health, globalization and change, equity, human rights, social justice

I never felt I had to sacrifice any aspect of my work because of material or physical limitations that may have been a reality if I didn't have the financial, practical or intellectual support the Trudeau community offered. 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 northern Aboriginal peoples. I was inspired to do the best work I could do and I felt encouraged by other Trudeau community members in this regard. I felt included in circles of discussion that expanded my own way of thinking about the world, this inclusion was a great privilege.


Colleen MacLean Davison is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Scientist in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen's University and the Kingston General Hospital. Dr. Davison was a Trudeau Scholar and obtained a PhD in Population Health with training in Social Epidemiology from the University of Calgary, a Masters of Public Health from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and undergraduate degrees in Natural Science, Outdoor Recreation and Education from Lakehead University.

Dr. Davison has a program of research on child health, health equity and the differential effects of population-level health interventions. She works with local and international partners to study and better translate solutions for overcoming health inequities in Canada and globally. Dr. Davison is an active member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Health Association and is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers. She lives with her husband and four children near Kingston, Ontario.

  • March 13, 2013
    2004 Trudeau Scholar Colleen Davison has proposed to support population health in Mongolia by developing a community-based surveillance system using text messaging and a mobile application to collect direct, real-time data about the health impacts of mining. She has put in the application for an innovation grant with Grand Challenges Canada.