Pamela Roach

Assistant Professor

Family Medicine

Community Health Sciences

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Contact information


Office : HSCG012

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Dementia & Cognitive Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • cognitive conditions
  • patient and family centered care
  • early onset dementia

Research activities

My research program addresses the overarching theme of cognition and brain health in Indigenous populations and other vulnerable groups including people living with early onset dementia, to enhance equity in populations based health outcomes. This work includes understanding the social drivers of cognition and brain health for Indigenous populations. This involves reviewing the current evidence and engaging stakeholders to understand how the factors of colonization, adverse childhood experiences, and intergenerational trauma impact cognitive development, as well as cognitive decline, later in life. I also work to develop culturally safe therapeutic interventions for Indigenous people living with dementia. Building on current experience to understand the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of Indigenous-made therapeutic sensory items in mental health and dementia, I am working to co-create culturally safe therapeutic interventions for Indigenous people living with dementia, that will be guided by community.

I also work to build anti-racism curriculum in Indigenous health and medical education that addresses upstream determinants of health that impact patient outcomes to improve the health of populations. I currently co-lead MDCH 681 Health Reearch Methods, a core graduate level research methods course in Community Health Sciences, and have co-designed and implemented an Indigenous Health Leadership course for graduate students in Community Health Sciences. Additionally I am developing anti-racism curriculum for faculty development.


Mathison Centre
O’Brien Institute for Public Health

Graduate Program Affiliations: 

  • Graduate Health Research Methods (MDCH681), Community Health Sciences
  • MSc Program, Community Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies (School of Occupational Therapy), Dalhousie University 




  • 2019 - Cumming School of Medicine Graduate Education Award for Clinical, Adjunct, and Research Faculty. Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary: award recipient
  • 2019 - University of Calgary U Make a Difference Award: nominee
  • 2019 - Indigenous Health Medical Education Symposium. Invited faculty member at national symposium, 2019 Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • 2018 - Recognized as an international expert in early onset dementia and asked to join PRECODE: Prevalence Recognition and Care Pathways in young Onset DEmentia - an international consensus group to create definitions and guidance on early onset dementia
  • 2018 - Invited to join the AHS Central Access and Triage Community of Practice group
  • 2011 - Alzheimer Society of Canada Quality of Life Postdoctoral Award              
  • 2011 - CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Nominee, University of Calgary