Susan Bowles

Associate Professor

Mailing Address: 
5968 College Street
PO Box 15000
College of Pharmacy
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Geriatric pharmacotherapy
  • Immunization
  • Long-term care


  • BScPhm (U Toronto)
  • PharmD (SUNY)
  • MSc(CHE) (Dalhousie)

Research Interests

My research is largely informed by clinical practice, where research questions regarding medication use are identified at the bedside.  My primary research interests involve appropriate medication use in older patients and reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in older populations.

Selected awards and honours

  • Anne Hiltz Award for Excellence in Residency Education (2021)
  • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Patient Care Enhancement (2019) – Point prevalence surveillance of benzodiazepine and sedative-hypnotic drugs in Nova Scotia acute care hospitals.  With: Neville H, Loiser M (student), Pittman J (student), Isenor JE, Minard LV, Penny E, Bowles SK
  • College of Pharmacy - Dr. Jessie I. MacKnight Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015)

Selected publications

  • Trenaman SC, Quach J, Bowles SK, Kirkland S, Andrew MK.  An investigation of psychoactive polypharmacy and related gender-differences in older adults with dementia: a retrospective cohort study.  BMC Geriatr. 2023 Oct 20;23(1):683. doi: 10.1186/s12877-023-04353-8.
  • Neville HL, Shaw J, VanIderstine C, Burgess S, Dearing M, Isenor JE, Toombs K, Bowles SK. Environmental scan of current strategies to decrease sedative-hypnotic drug use and promote sleep in hospital patients.  Int J Clin Pharm. 2023 Sep 29. doi: 10.1007/s11096-023-01632-7
  • Neville HL, Granter C, Adibi P, Belliveau J, Isenor JE, Bowles SK.  Interventions to reduce benzodiazepine and sedative-hypnotic drug use in acute care hospitals.  A scoping review. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2022 May;18(5):2874-2886. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2021.07.004.
  • Gerges S, Gudzak V, Bowles S, Logeman C, Fadaleh SA, Bucci LM, Taddio A.    Experiences of community pharmacists administering COVID-19 vaccinations: A qualitative study.  Can Pharm J (Ott). 2022 Nov 25;156(1 Suppl):7S-17S. doi: 10.1177/17151635221136552.
  • Trenaman SC, Bowles SK, Kirkland S, Andrew MK.  An examination of three prescribing cascades in a cohort of older adults with dementia. BMC Geriatr. 2021 May 8;21(1):297. doi: 10.1186/s12877-021-02246-2