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Dr. Colleen Davison BSc, HBOR, BEd, MPH, PhD
Dr.  Colleen Davison
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Cross Appointed Associated Professor Department of Global Development Studies
Contact Info
Carruthers Hall, Room 203
Mobile Tel: (613) 572-1033


Dr. Davison came to Queen’s University in 2011 following a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa. She is a PhD trained Social Epidemiologist and Global Population Health Researcher who has a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Davison was recognized as an outstanding Emerging Researcher from the Population Health Improvement Research Network in Ontario.
As a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholar, Dr. Davison obtained her PhD in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary (2007). Her dissertation was a mixed-methods educational ethnography including a year living in a school residence among Indigenous adolescents in the Tlicho First Nation in Behchoko, NWT. Prior to this, Dr. Davison completed a Master of Public Health as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (2000) and undergraduate degrees in Natural Science, Outdoor Recreation and Education as a Presidential Scholar at Lakehead University (1995; 1996). She undertook a CIDA-funded appointment at the WHO/PAHO regional office in the Dominican Republic in 2001-2002 and has experience working as a consultant with UNICEF-Mongolia, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Canadian Nurses Association and the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has sat on the Boards of the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and the Youth Science Foundation of Canada.


Dr. Davison has diverse methodological expertise. She advises, undertakes her own research and supervises trainees using quantitative, qualitative and participatory approaches. Her overarching research interests are in global child and adolescent health including issues of social justice and public health, child protection and child rights. She is a member of the ARCH research collaboration for global health equity at Queen’s University and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. She is very committed to knowledge translation, public health education and research mentorship. Please visit her short introductory video which highlights her community-based research with Inuit youth in Arviat, Nunavut.


EPID 802 Foundations in Public Health

EPID 829 Foundations in Global Health

EPID 499 Undergraduate Research Project in Epidemiology


Dr. Davison's publications are available on Pubmed.