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Mary Ellen Macdonald

mary [dot] macdonald [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
Tel:(514) 398-7203 ext. 089405

Oral Health and Society Research Unit
Faculty of Dentistry
McGill University
3550 University Ave, Suite 030
Montreal, QC H3A 2A7

Mary Ellen Macdonald, PhD is a medical anthropologist with postdoctoral training in Pediatric Palliative Care. In addition to her appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Health and Society, she is affiliated with the Departments of Pediatrics and Oncology, and the School of Nursing and Biomedical Ethics Unit. She is also Core Faculty in the McGill Centre for Medical Education and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. She chairs the McGill Qualitative Health Research Group Mqhrg website. Her main research interests include palliative care/bereavement research, cultural aspects of health and illness with Aboriginal communities in Montreal and Northern Quebec, and medical education research.


Letters to the Editor

Boudreau, JD, Steinert Y, Macdonald, ME. Osler, guilds, and community. Academic Medicine, 2011;86(3):274-275.


Macdonald, ME, Chalk, C. Not just numbers: Qualitative research and the clinical neurosciences. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 2011;38(2):195-196. IF: 1.179.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Stephenson P, Mitchell LM, S Cadell, ME Macdonald. Virtual Memorials and the Social Lives of Dead Children. Health Sociology Review 2012, 21(4):413-431.

Affleck W, Glass K, Macdonald ME. The Limitations of Language: Male Participants, Stoicism, and the Qualitative Research Interview (online 2012), American Journal of Men’s Health. Available at: http://jmh.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/10/21/1557988312464038.full.pdf+html

Cerigo H, Macdonald ME, Franco EL, Brassard P. HPV Detection by Self-Sampling in Nunavik, Quebec: Inuit women’s sampling method preferences. Journal of Aboriginal Health 2012 (March): 29-39.

Kooiman H, Macdonald ME, Carnevale FA, Pineda C, Nottaway W, and Vignola S. Minododazin: Translating an Algonquin tradition of respect into youth well-being in Rapid Lake, Quebec. Pimatisiwin, A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health  2012, 10(1):1-15.

Nhan C, Laprise R, Douville-Fradet M, Macdonald ME, Quach C. Coordination and resource-related difficulties encountered by Quebec’s public health specialists and infectious diseases/medical microbiologists in the management of A(H1N1) - A Mixed-Method, Exploratory Survey. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:115. 

Macdonald ME, Liben S, Carnevale FA, Cohen SR. An Office or Bedroom? A Disconnect between family culture and professional culture in the PICU. Journal of Child Health Care 2012. 16(3):237–249.

Cerigo H, Macdonald ME, Franco EL, Brassard P. Inuit women’s attitudes and experiences towards cervical cancer and its prevention. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2012, 71: 17996 

Campbell A, Macdonald ME, Jackson S, Carnevale M, Collin-Vézina C, Carnevale F. Child citizenship and agency as shaped by legal obligations. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2011;23(4):489-512). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1952704

Sherman J, Macdonald ME, Carnevale FA, Vignola S. The development and implementation of a Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program for youth in the Algonquin community of Rapid Lake, Quebec.  Pimatisiwin, A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health 2011;9(1):219-243.

Jagosh, J, Boudreau, DJ, Steinert, Y, Macdonald, ME, Ingram, L. The Importance of Physician Listening from the  Patients` Perspective: Enhancing Diagnosis, Healing, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Journal of Patient Education and Counseling 2011:85(3):369-74 (Online 18 February 2011).

Macdonald ME, Rigillo N, Brassard P. Urban Aboriginal understandings and experiences of tuberculosis, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Qualitative Health Research 2010;20(4):506-523.

Macdonald ME, Chilibeck G, Affleck W, Cadell S. Gender imbalance in pediatric palliative care research samples, Palliative Medicine 2010;24(4):435-444.

Steinert Y, Boillat M, Elizov M,  Macdonald ME, Meterissian S,  Razack S, McLeod PJ. Faculty development: If you build it, they will come. Medical Education 2010;44:900-907. IF= 2.639.

Lang C, Macdonald ME, Carnevale FA, Levesque MJ, Decoursay A. Kadiminekak Kiwabigonem: Barriers and facilitators to fostering community involvement in a prenatal program in an Algonquin community. Pimatisiwin, A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health 2010;8(1):55-81.

Cerigo H, Macdonald ME, Franco E, Brassard P. Awareness and knowledge about human papillomavirus among Inuit women in Nunavik, Quebec. Journal of Community Health 2010,36(1):56-62.

Steinert Y, Boudreau D, Boillat M, Slapcoff B, Dawson D, Briggs A, Macdonald ME. The Osler Fellowship: An apprenticeship for medical educators. Academic Medicine 2010;85(7):1242-1249.