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Colleen Norris, PhD, MSc, BScN, RN


Nursing | Public Health, School of | Medicine & Dentistry

Medicine | Surgery

About Me


  • PhD (Epidemiology), University of Alberta (2002)
  • MN, University of Alberta (1992)
  • BScN, University of Alberta (1982)
  • RN, University of Alberta Hospital (1978)

Her research focuses on the health outcomes of patients with coronary artery disease. As part of her doctoral work she designed and directed the follow-up evaluation of the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH), a province wide clinical data collection initiative that captures all patients undergoing cardiac catheterization in the province of Alberta. Dr. Norris completed post-doctoral fellowships awarded through the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team (CCORT) and Tomorrows Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals (TORCH). Upon acquiring a tenure-track position with the Faculty of Nursing, Dr. Norris successfully attained a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigators Award (2004-2009) followed by an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Population Health Investigator Award (2005-2009).


Through her research associations Dr. Norris has collaborated with researchers locally, nationally and internationally from various health care disciplines in the general area of cardiovascular epidemiology and health outcomes research. She has held operational grant funding from CIHR and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada as both a PI and Co-Investigator of studies focusing on outcomes research. She presently has joint appointments with the Divisions of Cardiology in the Faculty of Medicine, and the School of Public Health. As a member of the APPROACH team, and an Epidemiologist, her role in these cross-appointments includes assisting medical students, residents and clinicians both from a methodological and a statistical perspective with their research projects. Dr. Norris was the Epidemiological consultant for the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, a relationship that was formalized in 2011 when she was seconded to the Division as the Associate Director of Research.

Based on her growing expertise in Cardiovascular health outcomes research, in particular sex and gender differences in CV outcomes,  Dr. Norris has been invited to speak at National and International plenary sessions including the American Heart Association Health Outcomes Conference, an International forum on health outcomes research, as well as the Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Congress (closing address), the American Heart Association Annual Meeting (Chicago) and most recently at the European Cardiovascular Congress (Munich Germany). She has and continues to serve on research committees and peer Review Panels of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, the University of Alberta, CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Norris’ research activities have led to over 200 peer reviewed publications including high profile papers published in journals including Circulation, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine.


Dr. Norris presently teaches  undergraduate and a  graduate statistics and research courses and mentors Masters and Doctoral students in Nursing, Medicine and Public Health Science.