Academic Faculty


Louanne Keenan, PhD, MEd, BA, DipDH

Director/Comm. Engagement Rsch, Associate Professor Family Medicine

Medicine & Dentistry

Family Medicine

About Me

Dr. Louanne Keenan completed a Master of Adult Education, and a PhD in Human Ecology and Population Health Studies. 

Academic Appointments:

2012 – Present:  Director, Community Engaged Research / Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2008 – 2011 Director, Curriculum, Assistant Professor, Division of Studies in Medical Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2006 – 2008 PhD Educator / Research Director, Division of Continuous Professional Learning / Division of Studies in Medical Education, University of Alberta

2004 – 2006 Academic Course Coordinator, Center for Health Evidence, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Research Interests:   

Her qualitative research involves issues of cultural integration, comprehended choice,  patient advocacy, community-based research, and social accountability. She is passionate about her collaborations on participatory action research projects with her colleagues at the Edmonton Remand Centre, Homeward Trust Edmonton, the YMCA, the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative, and numerous inner city organizations. Other research interests include: Housing and Homelessness; Health Information Seeking of Immigrants; Peer-to-Peer Consultations; Mentorship; and Leadership. She has volunteered throughout Central and South America, the Philippines, Nepal, Uganda, learning humility as she witnesses the wisdom shared throughout our world. 

Current Projects: 

1) Housing and Health Needs of Low Income Immigrant/Refugee Seniors

2) The Impact of Homelessness on the Health of Incarcerated Women

3) Creation and Assessment of Peer-to-Peer Consultation Tools

3) Simulation-Based Quality Improvement Workshops for Medical Residents

4) Improving Obesity Management Training in Family Medicine 

5) Leadership Development in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry


Selected Peer-Reviewed Original Research Publications: (2014 and later only) 

1. Ahmed, R., Angel C., Martell R., Pyne D., Keenan L. (2016). Access to healthcare services during incarceration among female inmates. International Journal of Prisoner Health; 12(4): 204-215.

2. Keenan L., Gowrishankar M., Fisher B. (2016) Peer-to-Peer consultation: Process and privilege. Academic Medicine. Submitted for publication.

3. Khabra K., Compton S., Keenan L. (2016). Independent older adults perspectives on oral health. International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Nov 9: doi: 10.111/idh.12259.

4. Moreira NCF, Pacheco-Pereira C, Keenan L, Cummings G, Flores-Mir C. (2016) Informed consent comprehension and recollection in Dentistry: A systematic review. J Dent Res; 95 (Spec Iss A): 1133.

5. Jawhari B., Ludwick D., Keenan L., Zakus D., Hayward, R. (2016) Benefits and challenges of EMR in low resource settings: A state of the art review. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making: doi: 10.1186/s12911-016-0354-8.

6. Jawhari B., Keenan L., Zakus D., Ludwick D., Isaac A., Saleh A., Hayward, R. (2016). Barriers and Facilitators to Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Use in an Urban Slum. International Journal of Medical Informatics; 94:246-254: doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.07.015.

7. Moreira N., Pachêco-Pereira C, Keenan L., Cummings G., Flores-Mir C. (2016) Informed Consent Comprehension and recollection of the dental patient: A systematic review. The Journal of the American Dental Association;147(8):605-619.e7.

8. Walker S., Flores-Mir C., Heo G, Amin M., Keenan L. (2016) Work pattern differences between male and female orthodontists in Canada. J Can Dent Assoc; 82:g6.

9. Keenan L., Angel C., Martell R. Ahmed, R. (2016) Research field notes from jail: The impact of incarceration and homelessness on women’s health. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.;9(2):120-127.

10. Ahmed, R., Angel C., Martell R., Keenan L. (2016) A Woman’s Guide to Health in Jail. Alberta Health Services.

11. Ahmed, R., Keenan L., Angel C., Martell R., Pyne D. (2016) The impact of homelessness and incarceration on women’s health. Journal of Correctional Health Care; 22(1): 62-74.

12. Salehyar, M. Amin, M., Keenan, L., Patterson, S. (2015) Conceptual Understanding of Social Capital in a First Nations Community. International Journal of Circumpolar Health;74:

13. Milner, R., Wright, A., Parrish, J., Gnarpe, J., Keenan, L. (2015) Exploring the Use of an Online Quiz Game to Provide Formative Feedback in a Large-Enrollment, Introductory Biochemistry Course. Journal of College Science Teaching; 45(2):66-77. 

14. Amin M.S., Elyasi M., Schroth R.J., Azarpazhooh A., Compton S., Keenan L.P., Wolfe R. (2014) Improving the Oral Health of Young Children of Newcomer Families: A Forum for Community Members, Researchers, and Policy-Makers. J Can Dent Assoc; 80:e64 


Teaching Methods & Strategies

As the Director of Community Engaged Research, my teaching relates to service learning. The students become committed to their projects with inner city, not-for-profit organizations. They build relevant and thus solid and lasting relationships, which lead to connections between communities and educational and medical institutions. 

Qualitative Research Methods: I teach workshops on Photovoice, Participatory Action Research, Conducting Focus Groups, Grounded Theory, and Community-based research through the International Institute of Qualitative Research.  

Doctor-Patient Relationship Course

By creating problem-based learning opportunities, or standardized patient scenarios, knowledge is co-constructed with the healthcare team and the patient. There are individual issues and lived experiences that emerge from the source of the information – the patient/community. Individuals and communities will accept solutions to their problems because their participation in the diagnosis makes them feel connected to that treatment plan. The students and residents are encouraged to see the patient’s knowledge as an asset, and a community as a resource, incorporating this critical information into the health care planning process. 

Peer-to-Peer Consultation Workshops

Teachers observe and provide feedback to each other on their clinical teaching skills that is timely, constructive and collaborative. We developed a module to train peer-consultants with the use of workshops, videos and real-time observations and feedback, and a toolkit. Peer-consultants become aware of the supportive and professional development aspect of this activity: 1) Acquiring skills that will improve/enhance engagement and learning experience of learners; 2) Understanding that this activity can provide valuable support for continuous professional development, and be used in overall assessment of teaching; and 3) Acquiring knowledge on how to make institutional cultural changes to sustain the program.