null Mary Macdonald, PhD

Associate Investigator, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, MUHC



oral health • death • dying and bereavement • health professions education

Research Focus

I am a medical anthropologist. My current research in oral health focuses on humanitarian migrants and on grief education for dental students. My current research in bereavement focuses on grief literacy, grief after assisted dying, and private and public acts of memorialization.

Selected Publications

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  • Breen LJ, Kawashima D, Joy K, Cadell S, Roth D, Chow A, Macdonald ME. Grief literacy: A call to action for compassionate communities. Death Stud. 2020 Mar 19:1-9. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1739780. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32189580.

  • Elaine Muirhead V, Milner A, Freeman R, Doughty J, Macdonald ME. What is intersectionality and why is it important in oral health research? Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2020 Aug 25. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12573. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32840901.

  • Macdonald ME, Singh HK, Bulgarelli AF. Death, dying, and bereavement in undergraduate dental education: A narrative review. J Dent Educ. 2020 May;84(5):524-533. doi: 10.1002/jdd.12058. Epub 2020 Feb 17. PMID: 32065395.

  • Cadell S, Reid Lambert M, Davidson D, Greco C, Macdonald ME. Memorial tattoos: Advancing continuing bonds theory. Death Stud. 2020 Jan 29:1-8. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1716888. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31994454.