Catherine M. Scott

Doctoral Supervisor, Doctor of Business Administration


Leadership: Experience in health and social service leadership roles; executive coaching

Practice-based research: Pragmatic & applied research/evaluation (health & social issues)

Public Policy: Leadership role in a policy research centre

"I acknowledge that I currently live and work on the traditional, unceded territory of the Syilx nation in Naramata, BC. Growing up in rural Alberta, I developed deep respect for the lands on which we live."

Cathie's early years shaped her ongoing commitment to life-long learning and supporting positive, personal, professional and community growth. She's had a career rich in leadership experience, whether in the frontlines of health services delivery as a physical therapist, in academic settings, or in senior executive roles in provincial health and social service organizations.  


Throughout her executive leadership career in health (e.g., Calgary Health Region, Alberta Health Services) and social services (e.g., PolicyWise for Children & Families), Cathie has maintained active academic engagement through research, teaching and student supervision at the University of Calgary, Royal Roads University and University of British Columbia-Okanagan.

As a private consultant, she continues to be engaged in evaluation, community-based research and leadership coaching.

Memberships and Committees

Cathie is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the Canadian Evaluation Society. 


Executive Coaching Certification

Royal Roads University

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation

Doctorate of Philosophy (Community Health Sciences)

University of Calgary

Master of Science (Community Health Sciences)

University of Calgary

Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy)

University of Alberta


Inaugural AHS Executive Education program (Selected)

Alberta Health Services

Recognition for Contribution to Teaching, Continuing Medical Education

Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Nomination for Governor General's Gold Medal



Research interest


Primary healthcare

Public policy


Harris MF, Advocat J, Crabtree BF, Levesque JF, Miller WL, Gunn JM, Hogg W, Scott CM, Chase SM, Halma L, Russell GM. (2016) Interprofessional teamwork innovations for primary health care practices and practitioners: Evidence from a comparison of reform in three countries. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 9:35-46.

Levesque JF, Harris M, Scott CM, Crabtree B, Miller W, Halma L, Hogg B, Weenink JM, Advocat J, Gunn J, Russell GM. (2017) Levels and intensity of interprofessional teamwork in primary care: evidence from five international jurisdictions. Family Practice, cmx103,

Crabtree B, Miller W, Gunn J, Hogg B, Scott CM, Levesque JF, Harris MF, Chase S, Advocat J, Halma L, Russell GM. (2017) Uncovering the Wisdom Hidden Between the Lines: The Collaborative Reflexive Deliberative Approach. Family Practice, cmx091,

Russell GM, Miller W, Gunn J, Levesque JF, Harris M, Hogg B, Scott CM, Advocat J, Halma L, Chase S, Crabtree B. (2017) Behind the curtain of successful primary care teams: Lessons from reform interventions in five jurisdictions in three countries. Family Practice, cmx095,

Ploeg J, Wong ST, Hassani K, Yous ML, Fortin M, Kendall C, Liddy C, Markle-Reid M, Petrovic B, Dionne E, Scott CM, Wodchis WP. (2019) Contextual factors influencing the implementation of innovations in community-based primary health care: The experience of 12 Canadian research teams. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20, E107. doi:10.1017/S1463423619000483.

Russell G, Kunin M, Harris M, Levesque JF, Descoteaux S, Scott C, Lewis V, Dionne E, Advocat J, Dahrouge S, Stocks N, Spponer C, Haggerty J. (2019) Improving access to primary health care for vulnerable populations in Australia and Canada: Protocol for a Mixed-Method Evaluation of six complex interventions. BMJ Open 2019;9:e027869. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027869

Martin-Misener R, Wong S, Johnston S, Blackman S, Scott C, Hogg W, Burge F, Grool A, Campbell J, Wuite S. (2019) Regional variation in primary care improvement strategies and policy: case studies that consider qualitative contextual data for performance measurement in three Canadian provinces. BMJ Open 2019;9:e029622. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029622.

Russell G, Kunin M, Harris M, Levesque JF, Descoteaux S, Scott C, Lewis V, Dionne E, Advocat J, Dahrouge S, Stocks N, Spooner C, Haggerty J (2019). Improving access to primary healthcare for vulnerable populations in Australia and Canada: protocol for a mixed-methods evaluation of six complex interventions. BMJ Open 2019: 9e027869. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-02869. pp1-12

Spooner C, Lewis V, Scott C, Dahrouge S, Haggerty J, Russell G, Levesque JF, Dionne E, Stocks N, Harris M, IMPACT team (2021). Improving access to primary health care: a cross-case comparison based on an a priori program theory. International Journal for Equity in Health, 20(1), 223. 10.1186/s12939-021-01508-0

Loban, E.; Scott, C.; Lewis, V.; Law, S.; Haggerty, J. (2021). Activating Partnership Assets to Produce Synergy in Primary Health Care: A Mixed Methods Study. Healthcare, 9, 1060. https://

Loban K, Scott C, Lewis V, Law S, Haggerty J (2021) Improving primary health care through partnerships: Key insights from a cross-case analysis of multi-stakeholder partnerships in two Canadian provinces. Health Science Reports DOI: 10.1002/hsr2.397

Loban K, Scott C, Lewis V, Haggerty J (2001). Measuring partnership synergy and functioning: multi-stakeholder collaboration in primary health care. PLOS ONE,

Manalili K, Lorenzetti D, Oluwaseun E, O’Beirne M, Hemmelgarn B, Scott CM, Santana MJ (2021). The effectiveness of person-centred quality improvement strategies on the management and control of hypertension in primary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Russell G, Westbury S, Clifford S, Sturgiss E, Fragkoudi A, Kunin M, Macindoe R, Walsh J, Scott C (in press). Improving access for the vulnerable: a mixed-methods feasibility study of a Pop-Up model of care in South-Eastern Melbourne, Australia. Australian Journal of Public Health

Schraeder, K., Allemang, B., Felske, A. N., Scott, C. M., McBrien, K. A., Dimitropoulos, G., & Samuel, S. (2022). Community based Primary Care for Adolescents and Young Adults Transitioning From Pediatric Specialty Care: Results from a Scoping Review. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 13, 21501319221084890. doi:10.1177/21501319221084890

Doucet, S., Splane, J., Luke, A., Asher, K. E., Breneol, S., Pidduck, J., Grant, A., Dionne, E., Scott, C., Keeping-Burke, L., Gorter, J., Curran, J. (2022) Programmes to support paediatric to adult healthcare transitions for youth with complex care needs and their families: A scoping review (2022). Child: Care, Health and Development, doi:

Scott CM, MacKean G, Maloff B, Houtekamer C, & Vandenberghe C. (2021) Strengthening Community Action: Public Engagement for Social Innovation and Collective Impact. In A. Vollman (Ed.). Canadian Community as Partner: Theory & Multidisciplinary Practice 5th ed. Chapter 5, pp. 62-79: New York: Wolters Kluwer.

Shookner M & Scott CM. (2021) Creating Supportive Environments for Health: Enabling Community Action. In A. Vollman (Ed.) Canadian Community as Partner: Theory & Multidisciplinary Practice 5th ed. Chapter 7, pp. 92-103: New York: Wolters Kluwer.

Albrecht L, Scott CM (Fall 2022) Knowledge Mobilization: Creating a Path to Impact. In W. Kelly (Ed). The Impactful Academic: Building a Research Career that Makes a Difference. Emerald Publishing Ltd.