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Dr. Colleen Davison BSc, HBOR, BEd (OCT), MPH, PhD
Dr.  Colleen Davison
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Cross Appointed Associated Professor Department of Global Development Studies
Associate Dean - Equity and Social Accountability - Queen's Health Sciences
Contact Info
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 tenured appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences, with cross appointment in the Department of Global Development Studies. In 2012, Dr. Davison was recognized as an outstanding Emerging Researcher from the Population Health Improvement Research Network in Ontario. In 2021, Dr. Davison was appointed the inaugural Associate Dean for Equity and Social Accountability at Queen’s Health Sciences.
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 and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of the Canadian Association for Global Health.


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 child and family health equity, social justice and public health, child protection and child rights. As Associate Dean she champions work to enhance equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigeneity, and accessibility (EDIIA) at Queen’s Health Sciences and beyond. Dr. Davison is a founding member of the ARCH research collaboration for global health equity and the Canadian Association for Global Health. She is very committed to knowledge translation, teaching and research mentorship. Those interested in supervision or collaboration should reach out.

Please visit this short introductory video which highlights Dr. Davison's 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

EPID 836 Qualitative Health Research Methods


Dr. Davison's publications are available on Pubmed.