Judith Fisher, BSc (Pharm), MA

PhD Candidate,
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Collaborative Program in the Life Course and Aging,
University of Toronto

Judith Fisher is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Collaborative Program in the Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto. She has practiced as a pharmacist in both community and hospital settings and earned a Master’s of Arts degree in Gerontology. Fisher has served on the executive of the student section of the Canadian Association on Gerontology since 2002, currently as Vice-President. She holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship.

Her research area is health and aging, with a primary focus on medication use among older adults. Her master’s thesis research examined the use of analgesic and psychotropic medication among older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and co-morbid arthritis, using the Canadian Study of Health and Aging (CSHA). Her doctoral research will examine the patterns of medication use over time among older adults with osteoarthritis. This research seeks to describe and explain patterns of medication use in this population, focusing specifically on the inappropriate under- and over-utilization of medication, and potentially high-risk drug-drug and drug-disease combinations.

Selected Publications

  • Ballantyne PJ, Victor JC, Fisher JE, Marshman J. Factors associated with medicine use and non-use by Ontario seniors. Can J Aging. 24:419-31.
  • Ballantyne PJ, Clarke, PJ, Marshman JA, Victor JC and Fisher JE. Use of Prescribed and Non-prescribed Medicines by the Elderly: Implications for Who Chooses, Who Pays and Who Monitors the Risks of Medicines. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2005; 13(2): 133-140.
  • Balfour J, O’Rourke N. Older Adults with Alzheimer disease, Comorbid Arthritis and Prescription of Psychotropic Medications. Pain Research and Management. 2003; 8(4): 198-204.
  • Balfour J. Painful conditions in older adults with dementia: are analgesics and psychotropics inappropriately prescribed? [MA thesis]. Vancouver, BC: Simon Fraser Univ.; 2001.