Colleen Maxwell

Adjunct Professor


Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

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Primary Appointment: University of Waterloo - click here

Research and teaching

Research activities

Dr. Maxwell’s primary research interests are in the areas of Pharmacoepidemiology and Aging with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, depression and health services and outcomes research. She is also involved in national and international research examining the health and quality of care needs of older residents within Assisted Living and Long Term Care settings.


She holds a cross-appointment in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and is an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto. Her most recent appointment was as a Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Calgary where she continues to hold an Adjunct position. She received her MA in Gerontology and PhD in Health Studies from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo. Her post-doctoral training included a fellowship with the Clinical Epidemiology Unit (Élisabeth-Bruyère Health Centre & University of Ottawa) and a clinical research position with the Drugs Directorate of Health Canada.

She has held salary awards from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and her research has received financial support from CIHR, AHFMR, and the Brenda Strafford Chair in Geriatric Medicine. She is a Past President of the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics and a current board member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.