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Jennifer Walker

Senior Core Scientist (Full Status) ICES North Indigenous Health Advisor
Populations & Public Health Research Program


Jennifer Walker is a Haudenosaunee member of Six Nations of the Grand River with a Ph.D. in community health sciences (epidemiology) from the University of Calgary. She is an associate professor at McMaster University in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, & Impact. Dr. Walker’s work focuses largely on Indigenous community-engaged health research using large health services databases through her work as a core scientist and Indigenous Health advisor at ICES in Ontario and through the Health Data Research Network Canada.

Dr. Walker has an active research community-engaged research program in aging and dementia. She is the co-lead of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging’s (CCNA) Team 18 – Issues in Dementia Care for Indigenous Populations and the lead for the Indigenous Cognitive Health Program. She has also led the validation of the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool and the implementation of the tool in Anishinabek communities of Northern Ontario.

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Calgary
  • BSc, Health Studies, University of Waterloo
  • Indigenous health
  • Chronic diseases and conditions
  • Health services research
  • Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Laurentian University
  • Senior Research Associate, Centre for Rural and Health Research, Laurentian University
  • Assistant Professor (status only), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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