Prevention Consultant

Dr. Shannon MacDonald, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and adjunct in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Her clinical background is in pediatric nursing, with research training in nursing, public health, and epidemiology.

She leads the Applied Immunization research program (, which is a diverse and interdisciplinary team focused on supporting immunization best practices and policies. She has a particular interest in addressing system-level barriers and supports to achieving high immunization coverage in under-served populations. She and her team works with vaccine policy advisors, program administrators, and clinicians to address real-world questions to inform immunization practice and policy.

Shannon is passionate about ensuring that youth have equitable access to HPV vaccination, given its critical role in cancer prevention. Contributing to the work of HPV Global Action provides her an opportunity to advance the science and use of evidence-based strategies to improve HPV vaccine access and uptake.