Colleen Norris, PhD (Epidemiology) , MScN, BScN, RN, FAHA, FCAHS

Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Nursing

Pronouns: she/her


Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-0784
5-246 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Nursing


Area of Study / Keywords

Sex and Gender Science Women's Heart Health Mature Women's Health Research



  • GNP-University of Alberta (2018)
  • Post Doctoral - CCORT, TORCH (2004)
  • PhD (Epidemiology), University of Alberta (2002)
  • MN, University of Alberta (1992)
  • BScN, University of Alberta (1982)
  • RN, University of Alberta Hospital (1978)

Dr. Colleen Norris is a Professor and Associate Dean of Research Faculties of Nursing. She is the CAVARZAN Chair in Mature Women's Health Research,and an adjunct professor with the Faculties of Medicine and the School of Public Health Science at the UA. Her PhD, is in clinical epidemiology.

Dr. Norris, a Nurse by training, completed post-doctoral training with the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team (CCORT) and Tomorrows Outcome Researchers in Cardiovascular Health (TORCH) in health outcomes research and developed the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) follow-up program. Her program of research focuses on the sex and gender factors that impact women’s heart health. She is the past Chair of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA), Health Policy and Services (HP&S) working group, whose mandate is to implement policies that advance our understanding of the unique sex and gender factors affecting the outcomes of women’s heart health. She co-lead the Women's Heart Health Atlas which is curated as an open access chapters on the Can Journal of Cardiology Open website ( She is a committee member on the Women’s Heart and Brain Health Network Research Steering Committee, and is actively involved in advancing sex and gender-based analysis & reporting in Heart & Stroke funded research. In 2018, Dr. Norris was designated as the sex and gender champion on the CCS clinical guidelines committee where she established and published (JAHA-2019) a methodology that will be used going forward to incorporate sex and gender specific information into CCS Clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Norris is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the CO-PI in a CIHR/GENDER-NET Plus research project- GOING-FWD, an international collaborative of researchers from 5 countries, evaluating the impact of sex and gender factors on outcomes. Dr. Norris has mentored over 90 students/trainees. She has presented extensively and has over 400 publications in the areas of sex and gender differences in cardiovascular treatment and outcomes, and women’s heart health.


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.

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 400 peer reviewed publications including high profile papers published in journals including Circulation, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Most recently Dr. Norris as Chair of the Can Women's Heart Health ALLIANCE health policy group, along with Dr. Sharon Mulvagh, (Chair of the KT working group) spearheaded the creation of an ATLAS on WOMEN's HEART HEALTH including 9 chapters that are or will be published in CJC-Open.


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.


August 2022

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Colleen Norris as the Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women's Health Research, for a five-year term effective Aug. 1, 2022. This endowed chair is supported by a generous gift from the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation. Dr. Norris is a registered nurse and professor in the Faculty of Nursing. She also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and in the School of Public Health. Dr. Norris is internationally recognized for her leadership in developing and disseminating evidence-informed strategies to transform clinical practice and impact policy related to women’s health. Her extensive research program focuses on sex and gender factors that impact women’s heart health.

15 June 2022

The Faculty of Nursing is happy to report that Colleen Norris has agreed to serve as interim associate dean of research (ADR). A highly regarded and long-serving member of the Faculty of Nursing, Colleen has a rich depth of research expertise that will benefit both faculty members and students. 


NURS 561 - Guided Individual Study in Nursing

A course designed for in-depth, individual study of a topic related to advanced-level nursing. Learning experiences may include clinical experience.

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The Relationship Between Body Mass Index, Treatment, and Mortality in Patients with Established Coronary Artery Disease: A Report from APPROACH

Author(s): Oreopoulos A, McAlister FA, Kalantar-Zadeh K, Padwal RA, Ezekowitz J, Sharma A, Fonarow GC, Norris CM
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: European Heart Journal
Volume: (In Print)

A qualitative examination of the factors that influence women's quality of life as they live with coronary artery disease

Author(s): Norris CM, King K
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Western Journal of Nursing Research
Volume: 31
Page Numbers: 513-524

All you have to do is call; A Pilot Study to improve the outcomes of patients with coronary artery disease

Author(s): Norris CM, Patterson L, Galbraith PD, Hegadoren KH
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Applied Nursing Research
Volume: 22
Page Numbers: 133-137

Health-related quality of life in women with coronary artery disease

Author(s): Broddadottir H, Jensen L, Norris C, Graham M
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume: 8
Page Numbers: 18-25

Preoperative statin use and infection after cardiac surgery: A cohort study

Author(s): Mohamed R, McAlister FA, Pretorius V, Kapoor AS, Majumdar SR, Ross DB, Norris CM, Alberta Provincial Program for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease I
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Clinical Infectious Diseases
Volume: 48
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: e66-72