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Mary De Vera


Dr. Mary De Vera is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. She completed a BSc degree in Biochemistry at UBC and MSc and PhD degrees in Health Care and Epidemiology from the UBC School of Population and Public Health. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in perinatal pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and pharmaceutical outcomes research at UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology (medication adherence; medications in pregnancy)
  • Epidemiology and outcomes research
  • Rheumatology
  • Oncology (colorectal cancer)
  • Analyses of administrative health databases
  • Survey studies

An epidemiologist and health services research, the overarching objective of Dr. De Vera’s research is to support and inform patient journeys in living with, and managing chronic disease. She has a productive research area in pharmacoepidemiology focusing on two important problems related to medication use – medication adherence and medications in pregnancy, particularly in rheumatology/rheumatic diseases. Recently, she has expanded her scope to a second research area of studying the epidemiology and outcomes research in oncology. In particular, she brings patient perspective to research examining the epidemiology, treatment, outcomes and survivorship in young-onset cancers, particularly colorectal cancer.

Additional Affiliations
  • Associate Professor,  Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
  • Associate Director Education, Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
  • Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2)