Academic Faculty


Bonnie M. Dobbs, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine; Director, Medically At-Risk Driver Centre; Director of Research, Division of Care of the Elderly, Department of Family Medicine

Medicine & Dentistry

Family Medicine

About Me


Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology, University of Alberta

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Psychology, University of Alberta

Current Appointments

Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Director, Medically At-Risk Driver Centre, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Director of Research, Division of Care of the Elderly, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Research Affiliate, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

Research Interests

*Identification of medically at-risk and medically impaired drivers

*The role of support groups to reduce the emotional and mobility consequences of driving cessation for drivers and their families

*The role of alternate transportation in maintaining the mobility, independence, and safety of seniors and persons with disabilities

*The role of policies and practices to promote and support transportation mobility

*The process of capacity building in the promotion of transportation mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities 

*Care of the Elderly (dementia, caregiving, capacity assessment, frailty, core competencies)


Selected Publications

Dobbs, B. M. (2015). Medical conditions and driving. In A. Smiley (Ed.), Human factors in traffic safety (3rd ed., pp. 299−322). Tucson, AZ: Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc.

Charles, L., Triscott, J., & Dobbs, B. (2015). Common problems in the elderly. In P. Paulman & R. Taylor (Eds.), Family medicine (pp. 1−20). New York, NY: Springer International Publishing.Triscott, J., Mercer, S., Tian, P. G., & Dobbs, B. (2015). Retroperitoneal haematoma associated with enoxaparin use in an elderly woman with chronic kidney disease. BMJ Case Reports. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-211699

Triscott, J. A. C., Dobbs, B. M., Mckay, R. M., Babenko, O., & Triscott, E. (2015). Prevalance and types of anemia and associations with functional decline in geriatric inpatients. Journal of Frailty and Aging, 4(1), 7−12.

Charles, L., Dobbs, B., Triscott, J., & McKay, R. (2014). Care of the Elderly Program at the University of Alberta: Meeting the challenges of treating an aging population. Canadian Family Physician, 60, e521–e526.

Charles, L., Triscott, J. A, Dobbs, B. M, & McKay, R. (2014). Geriatric core competencies for family medicine curriculum and enhanced skill: Care of the elderly. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 17(2), 53−62.

Charles, L. A., Dobbs, B. M., McKay, R. M., Babenko, O., & Triscott, J. A. C. (2014). Training of specialized geriatric physicians to meet the needs of an aging population – a unique care of the elderly physician program in Canada. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62, 1390−1392.

Parmar, J., Dobbs, B., McKay, R., Kirwan, C., Cooper, T., Marin, A., & Gupta, N. (2014). Diagnosis and management of dementia in primary care: Exploratory study. Canadian Family Physician, 60(5), 457−465.Dobbs, B.M., McNeil, D., Saini, A (2014). Toolkit for the early identification of mental health disorders in seniors. Edmonton, Alberta.

Janke, F., Dobbs, B. M., McKay, R., Linsdell, M., & Babenko, O. (2013). Family medicine residents’ risk of adverse motor vehicle events: A comparison between rural and urban residency placements. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 4(2), e28−e40.

Dobbs, B. M., & Shergill, S. S. (2013). How effective is the Trail Making Test (Part A and B) in identifying cognitively impaired drivers? Age and Ageing, 42(5), 577−581.Dobbs, B. M. (2012). The new older driver in the United States and Canada: Changes and challenges. In J. Coughlin & L. Ambrosio (Eds.), Aging America and transportation: Personal choices and public policy (pp. 119−136). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Dobbs, B. M., & Schopflocher, D. (2011). Evaluating the SIMARD MD a new screening tool to identify cognitively impaired drivers: A leap forward. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 2(2), 136−137.

Classen, S., Eby, D. E., Molnar, L. J., Dobbs, B. M., & Winter, S. M. (2011). Transportation and aging: Exploring stakeholders’ perspectives on advancing safe mobility. South Africa Journal of Occupational Therapy, 41(3), 18-24.   

Dobbs, B. M., & Schopflocher, S. (2010). A new screening tool for the identification of cognitively impaired medically at-risk drivers: The SIMARD a modification of the DemTect. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 1(2), 119−127.

Dobbs, B. M., Zirk, H., & Daly, S. (2009). Tackling a tough issue: Strategies for identifying, assessing, and supporting drivers with a dementia in the primary care setting. The Canadian Review of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 12(1), 13−21.

Dobbs, B. M., Harper, L. A., & Wood, A. (2009). Transitioning from driving to driving cessation: The role of specialized driving cessation support groups for individuals with dementia. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 25(1), 73−86.  

Dobbs, B. M. (2008). Aging baby boomers − a blessing or challenge for driver licensing authorities. Traffic Injury Prevention, 9(4), 379−386.