University of Calgary

Deborah Marshall

  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty


Deborah A Marshall is the Arthur J.E. Child Chair of Rheumatology Outcomes Research and former Canada Research Chair, Health Services and Systems Research (2008-2018). In addition, she is a member of the O’Brien Institute of Public Health and the McCaig Institute of Bone and Joint Health and a Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada.


Dr. Marshall has experience in technology assessment agencies, academia and pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry research settings in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Dr Marshall focuses her research program on methods to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services in the context of precision medicine and patient-centeredness. Her research assesses the value of health care interventions through measurement of patient preferences, cost-effectiveness analysis, and simulation modeling of health care.


She was the Project Lead for a US National Institutes of Health Program Grant on Translational and Policy Research in Personalized Medicine, which develops evidence to assess how precision medicine can improve health outcomes. She is a founding co-investigator of the innovative Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) Program at the University of Calgary which trains patients to design and conduct health research, using specific adapted methods of qualitative inquiry. Dr. Marshall is the co-lead of the Economics platform for UCAN CANDU – Canada-Netherlands Personalized Medicine Network in Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease funded by the CIHR Personalized Medicine in Inflammation Network. Dr. Marshall is also the co-lead of the Patient Engagement theme for IMAGINE (Inflammation, Microbiome, and Alimentation: Gastro-Intestinal and Neuropsychiatric Effects) – a CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Chronic Disease Network.


Dr. Marshall is an active member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) as the Past President of the Board of Directors, the Chair of the Dynamic Simulation Modeling Applications in Health Care Delivery Research Task Force and as a member of the Patient Preferences Special Interest Group, the Optimization Methods Task Force and co-author of related ISPOR Task Force Reports.   She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi). She is currently the co-chair of the Scientific Research Committee and Board of Directors of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Alberta PROMs & EQ-5D Research & Support Unit (APERSU).  


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