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Susan Kirkland

Professor and Interim Head/Chief

Email: susan.kirkland@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1235
Mailing Address: 
Centre for Clinical Research, Room 423, 5790 University Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 1V7
Research Topics:
  • Epidemiology
  • Population health
  • Aging
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • HIV
  • Women's health
  • Health services utilization and longitudinal studies


  • PhD (University of Toronto)
  • MSc (University of Waterloo)
  • BSc Honours (University of Waterloo)

Research interests

Dr. Kirkland’s research lies in the areas of chronic diseases and aging; she is particularly interested in understanding the interplay of social, physical, and genetic factors that lead to individual differences in the way people age and develop chronic conditions. Dr. Kirkland is one of three principal investigators leading the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. She also leads studies in HIV and aging, frailty, physical activity, obesity, cognitive impairment and technologies to support aging in place.

Selected publications

  • Hopman W, Berger C, Joseph J, Zhou W, Prior J, Towheed T, Anastassiades T, Adachi JD, Hanley D, Papadimitropoulos EA, Kirkland S, Kaiser S, Josse R, Goltzman D and the CaMos Research Group. Prospectively measured 10-year changes in health-related quality of life and comparison with cross-sectional estimates in a population-based cohort of adult women and men. Qual Life Research June 6, 2014. DOI 10.1007/s11136-014-0733-5. ISSN 0962-9343.
  • Wallace LMK, Theou O, Kirkland SA, Rockwood MRH, Davidson KW, Shimbo D, Rockwood K. Accumulation of non-traditional risk factors for coronary heart disease is associated with coronary heart disease hospitalization and death. PLosONE 2014; 9(3); e90475. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090475.3
  • Brothers, TD, Kirkland, S, Guaraldi, G, Falutz J, Theou O, Johnston BL, Rockwood, K. Frailty in people aging with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Journal of Infectious Diseases, June 5, 2014.
  • Andrew MK, Mitnitski A, Kirkland SA, Rockwood K. The impact of social vulnerability on the survival of the fittest older adults. Age and Aging 2012 Mar; 4(2):161-165.
  • Kirkland SA, Raina P, Wolfson C, Strople G, Kits O, Dukeshire S, Angus CL, Szala-Meneok K, Uniat J, Keshavarz H, Furlini L, Pelletier A.  Exploring the Acceptability and Feasibility of Conducting a Large Longitudinal Population-based Study in Canada.  Canadian Journal on Aging 2009 Sep 11;28(3):231-242.

Selected awards and honours

  • Board member, Institute of Aging Advisory Board, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2014-17)
  • Board member, AGE-WELL National Centre of Excellence (2014-17)
  • Vice-chair, Institute Advisory Board, Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR (2010-12)
  • Board member, Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2013-16)
  • Decade Club Award, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (2013)


  • CH&E 6020W (CRN 22343) - Advanced Epidemiology

Service & activity

  • Member, Board of Governors, Northwood Group of Companies (2008 – Present)
  • Director, Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioural Issues in Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS (2005 – Present)
  • Member, Research Advisory Council, Northwood Group of Companies (2009 – Present)
  • Member, University PhD Chair Pool, Dalhousie University (2013 – Present)
  • Member, Tri Council Masters Committee, Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University (2013)