Rachel Savage is a Scientist at Women’s Age Lab and Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital, an Adjunct Scientist at ICES, and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and her MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Savage leads research focused on promoting social connectedness in older adults and supporting aging in place. She is the principal investigator of a national program of research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), that seeks to understand whether and how loneliness impacts how older adults use health care services and to explore the role of sex and gender in this relationship. She also leads CIHR-funded research that describes the health and care needs of older adults living in naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs), to inform NORC-based interventions and support aging in place. Dr. Savage is a collaborator on a transnational initiative to explore medication safety in older women and men.
Dr. Savage has over ten years of local and provincial public health experience, and a proven track record in conducting impactful, applied, and collaborative population health and health services research.