Jennifer Davis

Associate Professor

Faculty of Management
Other Titles: Canada Research Chair (Tier 2, Applied Health Economics)
Office: EME 4123
Phone: 250.807.9507

Graduate student supervisor

Courses & Teaching

Undergraduate Courses: Topic coverage includes operations management, health economics, clinically applied economic evaluation, multiple imputation of missing data, research methods, and biostatistics.

Graduate Courses: Topics taught include epidemiological methods (led problem-based learning groups), research methods in rehabilitation: taught multiple imputation of missing data, conducting systematic reviews and instructor for a web-based course – Quality of Life Program: A CIHR Training Program in Rehabilitation Research.


Jennifer Davis joined UBC Okanagan as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Management in 2017. Her career goal is to improve the health of Canadians through applied health economic evaluation and outcomes research. Jennifer’s research focuses on conducting economics evaluations alongside randomized controlled trials (i.e., cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses) in a variety of clinical settings that include falls, fracture and cognition. A core part of Jennifer’s current research program includes health outcomes research (i.e., exploring the value of patient reported outcome measures) in the fields of healthy aging (i.e., cognition, mobility) and various surgical outcomes. Jennifer also enthusiastically contributes as a co-director of operations of the Falls Prevention Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Davis is working collaboratively on an initiative to apply proven cost-effective and cost-saving secondary falls prevention interventions for high risk older adults across BC. Jennifer also acts as an associate editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


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PhD, Experimental Medicine & Health Care and Epidemiology (Health Economic Stream), University of British Columbia (Vancouver), 2010

MSc, Experimental Medicine (Clinical Research), University of British Columbia (Vancouver), 2006

BSc (Hon), Physiology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver), 2003

Selected Publications & Presentations

Davis JC, Best JR, Dian L, Khan KM, Hsu CL, Chan W, Cheung W, Liu-Ambrose T (2017).  Are the EQ-5D-3L and the ICECAP-O responsive among older adults with impaired mobility? Evidence from the Vancouver Falls Prevention Cohort StudyQual Life Res. Mar;26(3):737-747. doi: 10.1007/s11136-016-1487-z. Epub 2016 Dec 22.

Davis JC, Hsiung GR, Bryan S, Best JR, Eng JJ, Munkacsy M, Cheung W, Chiu B, Jacova C, Lee P, Liu-Ambrose T (2017). Economic evaluation of aerobic exercise training in older adults with vascular cognitive impairment: PROMoTE trialBMJ Open. Mar 29; 7(3):e014387. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014387.

Davis JC, Best JR, Khan KM, Dian L, Lord S, Delbaere K, Hsu CL, Cheung W, Chan W, Liu-Ambrose T (2017).  Processing Speed Predicts Falls in Older Adults With a Falls History: 1 Year Prospective Cohort StudyJ Am Geriatr Soc. May;65(5):916-923. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14830.

Davis JC, Hsu CL, Cheung W, Brasher PM, Li LC, Khan KM, Sykes J, Skelton DA, Liu-Ambrose T (2016). Can the Otago falls prevention program be delivered by video? A feasibility studyBMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. Feb 4;2(1):e000059.

Davis JC, Hsiung GY, Bryan S, Jacova C, Jacova P, Munkacsy M, Cheung W, Lee P, Liu-Ambrose T (2016). Agreement between Patient and Proxy Assessments of Quality of Life among Older Adults with Vascular Cognitive Impairment Using the EQ-5D-3L and ICECAP-OPLoS One. Apr 21;11(4):e0153878.

Davis JC, Dian L, Khan KM, Bryan S, Marra CA, Hsu CL, Jacova P, Chiu BK, Liu-Ambrose T (2015). Cognitive status is a determinant of health resource utilization among individuals with a history of falls: a 12-month prospective cohort studyOsteoporosis International October 8, Epub ahead of print: PMID: 26449355.

Davis JC, Bryan S, Best JR, Li L, Hsu CL, Gomez C, Vertes K, Liu-Ambrose T (2015). Mobility predicts change in older adults health-related quality of life: Evidence from the Vancouver Falls Prevention Prospective CohortHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes July 15;13:101.

Davis JC, Best JR, Bryan S, Li L, Hsu CL, Gomez C, Vertes K, Liu-Ambrose T (2015). Mobility is a key predictor of changes in wellbeing among older adults who experience falls: Evidence from the Vancouver Falls Prevention Clinic CohortArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sep;96(9):1634-1640.

Davis JC, Best J, Hsu CL, Nagamatsu L, Dao E, Liu-Ambrose T (2015). Examining the effect of the relationship between falls and mild cognitive impairment on mobility and executive functions in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society March;63(3):590-593.

Davis JC, Bryan S, Marra CA, Chan A, Sharma D, Beattie L, Graf P, Liu-Ambrose (2013). An economic evaluation of resistance training and aerobic training versus balance and toning exercises in older adults with mild cognitive impairment . PLoS One May 14;8(5):e63031.

Selected Grants & Awards

Jennifer has been a co-investigator on 9 previous CIHR grants and is currently a co-investigator on one CIHR operating grant. For five of these grants, Jennifer is the health economics lead for the clinical trials.

Jennifer received CIHR and MSFHR awards to fund her postdoctoral fellowships. She also was the recipient of the CIHR Banting Canada Graduate Scholarship for her PhD studies where she received the VCHRI top graduating PhD student award and the CIHR Age+Prize for her PhD work.


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