Shannon MacDonald

My program of research focuses on developing evidence to support immunization best practice, programs, and policy and to promote informed decision-making by parents. My methodological strengths are in quantitative research, epidemiology, administrative health data, and survey methods. I enjoy working with colleagues with expertise in qualitative methods, as these approaches inform my work. I have ongoing research projects with multi-disciplinary clinicians, program administrators, and policy-makers in Alberta Health Services and the Ministry of Health. These collaborations enable me to answer questions of practical importance to immunization practice and policy.


PhD, University of Alberta, 2013
Master of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2002
Bachelor of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1997
Bachelor of Science (Zoology), University of Alberta, 1993


President's Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation and Research Excellence, Alberta Health Services, 2018 (As part of the Alberta Provincial Pediatric EnTeric Infection TEam (APPETITE))
Career Development Award, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), 2017-2021
Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2014-2016

Selected Publications 

MacDonald SE, Bell CA, Simmonds KA. (2016). Coverage and determinants of uptake for privately funded rotavirus vaccine in a Canadian birth cohort, 2008-2013. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. 35(6):e177-9. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001125.

MacDonald, SE, Schopflocher, DP, & Vaudry, W. (2014). Parental concern about vaccine safety in Canadian children partially immunized at age two: A multivariable model including system level factors. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 10(9), 1-9. DOI:10.4161/21645515.2014.970075

Sahni, V, Lai, F, & MacDonald, SE. (2014). Neonatal vitamin K refusal and non-immunization. Pediatrics, 134(3), 497-503. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-1092

MacDonald, SE, Dover, DC, Simmonds, KA, & Svenson, LW. (2014). Risk of febrile seizures after first dose of measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccine: A population-based cohort study. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 186(11), 824-829. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.140078

MacDonald, SE, Schopflocher, DP, & Golonka, R. (2014). The pot calling the kettle black: Accuracy of classifying immunization status by registry versus parent report. BMC Pediatrics, 14: 1. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-1

Current Projects

Evaluating public health interventions II: Evidence-based decisions regarding immunization policy and programs to reduce the burden of preventable disease (vaccine coverage, determinants, & safety)
Principal investigator
Funded by Alberta Ministry of Health (2018-2021)

Helping health care providers address the drop in childhood immunization coverage between age 12 and 18 months: A pilot test of text message reminders
Principal investigator
Funded by Public Health Agency of Canada (2018-2021)

Childhood immunization in Alberta First Nations people: Measurement of coverage and identification of barriers and supports
Principal investigator
Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2017-2019)

Barriers and supports to childhood and adolescent immunization in global Indigenous people: A systematic review
Principal investigators
Funded by Endowment Fund for the Future - Knowledge Synthesis Grant (2017-2018)

Evaluating public health interventions I: Evidence-based decisions regarding immunization policy and programs to reduce the burden of preventable disease (vaccine safety & health economics)
Principal investigator
Funded by Alberta Ministry of Health (2017-2018)

Determinants of childhood immunization decision making among parents
Principal investigator
In-kind support provided by Alberta Health Services (2014-2018)