McMaster University

McMaster University

Maureen Markle-Reid

Maureen Markle-Reid
Associate Professor (Tenured), School of Nursing
PhD Clinical Health Sciences-Nursing, MScN, BScN (McMaster University)                         

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Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid began with the School of Nursing in 1987 in a cross appointment as a Lecturer and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cardiovascular Nursing at the Hamilton General Hospital. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, a graduate faculty member, Scientific Director of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit, and an Associate Member of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, and the Masters of Public Health Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster (1983), a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto (1988), and a PhD in Clinical Health Sciences (Nursing) from McMaster (2003).



Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers at McMaster University (  She is an internationally-recognized researcher in the area of health and economic evaluations of complex health and nursing interventions. Her program of research is focused on: (1) promoting optimal aging at home for older adults with multimorbidity and to support their family caregivers, and (2) refining methods and measures for determining the effectiveness of interventions and translating effective interventions into clinical practice. To this end, she has led or co-led numerous studies involving the design, implementation, evaluation and scale-up of new tailored and person centred interventions to enhance quality of life and quality of care for older adults with multimorbidity and their family caregivers, with an emphasis on large scale, sustainable implementation. Her most recently CIHR-funded trials focus on nurse-led interventions for community-living older adults with depression, diabetes, stroke and dementia.


She has numerous peer-reviewed grants awarded as PI or Co-PI, totaling over $10 Million for research from CIHR and other national and provincial funding agencies. In 2016, Dr. Markle-Reid attracted more than $1.6 million in peer-reviewed funding as a co-principal investigator. In 2013, Dr. Markle-Reid, Dr. Ploeg, and an interdisciplinary research team of investigators, clinicians, decision makers, trainees and collaborators from across Canada, were awarded a combined $5.8 million to fund the new Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU). The research program received $2.5 million over 5 years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and $3.3 million over three years from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop and evaluate innovative, community-based primary health care interventions to promote optimal aging at home for older adults with multimorbidity and to support their family caregivers. Dr. Markle-Reid was also the recipient of a five-year Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2004-2009).


Her research, which has been conducted in collaboration with over 100 community stakeholders (including patients/caregivers), has made breakthroughs in understanding effective interventions that will transform health care services for older adults with multimorbidity and their family caregivers, leading to numerous national and international collaborations and high-impact publications. She advises governments in Ontario and Canada regarding the implementation and evaluation of different models of home and community care service delivery.


Selected Grants

  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R. (Co-PI’s), McAiney, C., Ganaan, R., & Duggleby, W.  The impact of caregiver support interventions for vulnerable populations. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, $300,000, 2016-2017.


  • Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R. (Co-PI’s), Archer, N., Bender, D., Gafni, A, Matthew-Maich, N., Ploeg, J., Taberner, C. Caring for seniors with multiple chronic conditions: A team approach to e-health supported homecare. Max Bell Foundation, $250,000, 2016-2018.


  • Markle-Reid M., & McAiney, C.(Co-PIs), Price D., Valaitis R., Ploeg J., Fisher K., Kates N., Lavis J., Cairney J., Thabane L., Gafni A., Vedel I., Reid R., Warry W., Neufeld E., Johnson B., Heald-Taylor G., Ogden L. A pragmatic effectiveness-implementation trial to evaluate a hospital-to-home transitional care intervention compared to usual care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and depression. Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit IMPACT Awards: Home & Community Care. $1,020,000, 2016-2019.


  • Markle-Reid, M. Valaitis, R. (Co-PIs), Ploeg, J., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Thabane, L., Gafni, A. Strengthening community-based stroke care: A mixed-methods study to evaluate a mobile health solution. CIHR Catalyst Grant: e-Health Innovations, $92,241, 2015-2018.


  • Ploeg J., Markle-Reid M. (Co-PIs), Bournes D., Anderson C., Farrell M., Paetkau S., Akhtar-Danesh N., Baptiste S., Bender D., Duggleby W., Emili A., Feldman S., Forbes D., Fraser K., Gafni A., Ganann R., Garnett A., Ghosh S., Gibson M., Griffith L., Gruneir A., Hirst S., Kaasalainen S., Keefe J., Matthew-Maich N., McAiney  C., Patterson C., Peacock S., Rojas-Fernandez C., Sadowski C., Triscott J., Upshur R., Valaitis R., & Williams A. Innovative community-based approaches to promote optimal aging for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their caregivers. CIHR Team Grant: Community-Based Primary Healthcare. $2,500,000, 2013-2020.


  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J. (Co-PIs), Upshur, R., Gafni, A., Thabane, L., Bender, D., Valaitis, R. et al. Centre for Research in Community Interventions to Promote Optimal Aging at Home. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health System Research Fund Program Award, $3,265,903, 2013-2016. 

Courses Taught

Dr. Markle-Reid's teaching contributions are in both graduate and undergraduate studies. 

Graduate Teaching

Year(s) Description
2014 Supervisor of students in the School of Nursing Graduate Program

Undergraduate Teaching

Year(s) Description
2014 BScN Program, McMaster University
Tutor in N4J07, Professional Nursing Practice VI
4NR3, Nursing Research
(Academic year 2014/2015)

Selected Awards & Honours

Year(s) Description
2014 Distinguished Fellow Adjunct Professor, Mohawk College, Convocation Speaker
2014 Best Poster Award, Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research Conference (CAHSPR)
2012 – 2017 CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions ($500,000)
2004 - 2009 Career Scientist Award, Health Research Personnel Development Fund, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Title: "The Needs, Effects and Expense of Alternative Approaches to the Care of Elderly Persons with Chronic Needs and their Informal Caregivers Requiring Home Care Services" ($250,000)

Selected Publications

  • Markle-Reid, M., Dykeman, C., Ploeg, J., Kelly Stradiotto, C., Andrews, A., Bonomo, S., Orr-Shaw, S., & Salker, N. (2017). Collaborative leadership and the implementation of community-based fall prevention initiatives: A multiple case study of public health practice within community groups. BMC Health Services Research, 17, 141. doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2089-3


  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Fraser, K., Fisher, K., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Gafni, A., Gruneir, A., Kaasalainen, S., Kelly Stradiotto, C., Sadowski, C., & Triscott, J. (2017). The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit – Community Partnership Program for older adults with Type 2 Diabetes and multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 18, 55. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-1795-9


  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Fisher, K., Reimer, H., Kaasalainen, S., Gafni, A., Gruneir, A., Kirkconnell, R., Marzouk, S., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Thabane, L., Rojas-Fernandez, C., & Upshur, R. (2016). The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit-Community partnership program for older adults with type 2 diabetes and multiple chronic conditions: A feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies Journal, 2, 24. doi: 10.1186/s40814-016-0063-1


  • Markle-Reid, M., Dykeman, C., Reimer, H., Goodall, C., Boratto, L. (2015). Engaging community organizations in fall prevention for older adults: Moving from research to action. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 106(4), 189-196. doi: 10.17269/cjph.106.4776


  • Markle-Reid, M., McAiney, C., Forbes, D., Thabane, L., Gibson, M., Browne, G., Peirce, T., Busing, B., & Hoch, J. (2014). An interprofessional nurse-led mental health promotion intervention for older home care clients with depressive symptoms. BMC Geriatrics, 14, 62. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-14-62

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