Dawn Mackey

Dr. Dawn Mackey is an epidemiologist and kinesiologist whose research seeks to identify and disseminate effective strategies for healthy aging though the maintenance of mobility and functional autonomy. Her research program on older adult mobility focuses on novels ways to promote physical activity, prevent debilitating fall-related injuries, and reduce fatigue during daily activities.

Dr. Mackey’s studies include randomized intervention trials, observational studies, laboratory experiments, and knowledge syntheses. Her studies examine a range of outcomes related to mobility and involve independent community-dwelling older adults, recipients of home health care, and residents of long-term care facilities.

In 2011 Dr. Mackey was recognized as an emerging Canadian scholar in the field of aging by a CIHR Institute of Aging Age+ Prize. Her doctoral work on osteoporotic fractures received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research and was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


University: Simon Fraser University
Faculty: Science
Department: Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
Position: Assistant Professor
Research Location: Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Recent Publications

Mackey DC, Cauley JA, Barrett-Connor E, Schousboe JT, Cawthon PM, Cummings SR; Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Research Group. Life-space mobility and mortality in older men: a prospective cohort study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Jul;62(7):1288-96. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12892. Epub 2014 Jun 16. (PubMed abstract)

Cawthon PM, Blackwell TL, Cauley JA, Ensrud KE, Dam TT, Harrison SL, Peters KW, Mackey DC. Objective assessment of activity, energy expenditure, and functional limitations in older men: the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013 Dec;68(12):1518-24. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt054. Epub 2013 May 16. (PubMed abstract)

Mackey DC, Manini TM, Schoeller DA, Koster A, Glynn NW, Goodpaster BH, Satterfield S, Newman AB, Harris TB, Cummings SR; Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Validation of an armband to measure daily energy expenditure in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011 Oct;66(10):1108-13. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glr101. Epub 2011 Jul 6. (PubMed abstract)

Mackey DC, Black DM, Bauer DC, McCloskey EV, Eastell R, Mesenbrink P, Thompson JR, Cummings SR. Effects of antiresorptive treatment on nonvertebral fracture outcomes. J Bone Miner Res. 2011 Oct;26(10):2411-8. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.446. (PubMed abstract)

Mackey DC, Hubbard AE, Cawthon PM, Cauley JA, Cummings SR, Tager IB; Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Research Group. Usual physical activity and hip fracture in older men: an application of semiparametric methods to observational data. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Mar 1;173(5):578-86. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwq405. Epub 2011 Feb 8. (PubMed abstract)