Wayne Warry



Dr. Warry is the director of Rural Health Initiatives on the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) – Health Equity. He is also a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health.  Dr. Warry is an applied anthropologist, specializing in Indigenous and rural health research with a primary focus on the health of older adults, dementia, chronic disease and caregiving. He is co-lead with Dr. Kristen Jacklin on a research program to develop a Center for Community Engaged Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (CERDAR). CERDAR uses community-based approaches to engage rural communities in projects concerning the prevention, diagnosis and care for people with dementia in rural communities. He is also a co-investigator in the MK-MDT I-CARE research program which explores Indigenous peoples’ lived-experience with dementia.


PhD, The Australian National University Research School of Pacific Studies
MA, McMaster University
Major: Anthropology
BA, Summa cum laude, McMaster University
Major: Honors Anthropology

Honors and Recognition

The Alan Blizzard Award for Collaborative Course Design Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching , McMaster University

Professional Memberships

Society for Applied Anthropology
Association of Anthropology and Gerontology
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Lightfoot, N., Manitowabi, D., Barnett, N., MacEwan, L., Fongemy, J., Holness, D., Lariviere, M., Eger, T., Arrandale, V., Kerekes, Z., Warry, W. "Mino-nokiiwin: Community-based indigenous occupational health, safety, and compensation experience in northern Ontario", 10th Conference for Research on Work and Health, Vancouver, BC, October 01, 2018.
Pitawanakwat, K., Jones, L., Blind, M., Warry, W., Jacklin, K. "Support/disrupt: How can we support aging in place in rural and remote Anishinaabe communities?", AGEWELL Conference, January 01, 2017.
Neufeld, E., Viau, K. A., Hirdes, J. P., Warry, W. "Frequent emergency department visits among rural older adults in Ontario based on the RAI-home care", World interRAI Conference, Toronto, Canada. April 01, 2016.
Walker, J., Jones, C., Jacklin, K., Sutinen, J., Loft, D., Andrew, M., Bronskill, S., Henry, D., McElhaney, J., Smylie, J., Warry, W. "Unlocking health information for older First Nations populations", First Nations Data Symposium, Toronto, Canada. February 22, 2016.
Jacklin, K., Blind, M., Pitawanakwat, K., Warry, W. "Perspectives on healthy aging shared by indigenous peoples in Ontario, Canada", Symposium 18 at 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Chiang Mai, Thailand. October 20, 2015.
Pitawanakwat, K., Jacklin, K., Warry, W. "Adapting the Kimberly indigenous cognitive assessment for use with indigenous older adults in Canada", 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – Asia/Oceania Congress, Chiang Mai, Thailand. October 20, 2015.
Jacklin, K., Warry, W. "Considerations in culturally safe care for indigenous people with dementia in Canada", 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – Asia/Oceania Congress, Chiang Mai, Thailand. October 20, 2015.
Webkamigad, S., Blind, M., Viau, K., Warry, W., Jacklin, K. "Enhancing a circle of care: Developing culturally-grounded dementia information materials for indigenous care providers in Canada", 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – Asia/Oceania Congress, Chiang Mai, October 20, 2015.
Ozog, C., Bourassa, C., O'Connell, M., Morgan, D., Jacklin, K., Warry, W., Carter, J., Gould, B., Pitawanakwat, K., Josdal, M. "Dementia among indigenous people: The potential role of technology as a health care support", Canadian Association on Gerontology 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Calgary, Canada. October 01, 2015.
Warry, W. "Designing services for older indigenous people", Symposium 20 at 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Chiang Mai, Thailand. October 01, 2015.
Warry, W. "Challenges in indigenous aging", Symposium 18 at 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Chiang Mai, Thailand. October 01, 2015.
Warry, W. "Opening remarks", CRaNHR-ROI Forum on Healthy Aging in Rural Northern Ontario, Sudbury, Canada. November 26, 2014.
Warry, W., Gauthier, A. P., Hogenbirk, J. C., Jacklin, K., Strasser, R. P., Wenghofer, A. M., Young, N. L., Carter, L. M. "Improving health equity for northern Ontarians: Applied health research with vulnerable populations", Northern Ontario School of Medicine Research Conference, North Bay, Canada. June 01, 2014.
Warry, W. "Community engagement and participatory action research in aboriginal communities", Chiefs of Ontario Health Forum, Toronto, Canada. February 26, 2014.
Pace, J., Jacklin, K., Warry, W. "Perceptions of dementia prevention among Manitoulin Island First Nations", International Indigenous Dementia Research Network Roundtable, Kamloops, BC, July 05, 2013.
Jacklin, K., Warry, W. "Understanding dementia in aboriginal peoples: A community based approach", Biomolecular Sciences Seminar Series, Health Sciences North, January 01, 2013.
Warry, W., Jacklin, K., Pace, J. "The culture of care giving: Informal care giving for aboriginal people with dementia", Canadian Rural Health Research Conference, Levis, Canada. October 26, 2012.
Jacklin, K., Warry, W. "They knew who she was: Toward and understanding of diagnosis and care of people with dementia in aboriginal communities", Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Vancouver, BC, January 01, 2012.
Warry, W. "Aboriginal culture and communication in patient care", Dalhousie University Medical School, April 15, 2009.
Warry, W. "Policy making and aboriginal issues, implications from ending denial", Federal Council of Saskatchewan Civil Servants, Saskatoon, Canada. March 01, 2009.
Warry, W., Jacklin, K. "Aboriginal culture and communication in patient care part I, II and III", Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Continuing Education Program, April 01, 2007.
Warry, W. "Creating ethical spaces for indigenous knowledge translation", Bioethics Interest Group, McMaster University, December 08, 2006.
Jacklin, K., Warry, W. "Translating anthropological and indigenous knowledge in clinical cultural competency training", American Anthropological Association Meetings, San Jose, California, November 24, 2006.
Warry, W. "Reflections on applied anthropology", Undergraduate Anthropology Society, Laurentian University, November 02, 2006.
Warry, W. "Presentation on ACADRE network", Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health, Joint ACADRE-IAPH Board Meeting, Halifax, Canada. July 11, 2006.
Warry, W. "Opening minds and hearts: Aboriginal peoples and cancer care, introductory address", Northeastern Oncology Conference, Sudbury, Canada. May 11, 2006.
Warry, W. "How could we not know that? Knowledge translation for mainstream providers and decision makers", Indigenous Knowledge Translation Summit, First Nations University of Canada, March 03, 2006.
Warry, W. "Aboriginal Health and Self-determination: Keynote panel and introduction to the first Annual Conference on Aboriginal Health", McMaster University, January 01, 2004.
Warry, W. "Dialogical ethics? Issues in the health and integrity of First Nations", American Anthropological Association Meetings Session on Ethics in Applied Anthropology, November 01, 1991.
Warry, W. "The fourth direction: The anthropologist in aboriginal research", Waterloo University, October 15, 1991.
Warry, W. "Kafaina: Politics of a new order", Conference on Women and Politics in New Guinea, Canberra, Australia. April 01, 1984.
Warry, W. "Bia and Bisnis", Conference on Alcohol Use and Abuse, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. January 01, 1980.
Grants and Patents

Grants and Patents


Dementia Care with Older Indigenous Adults: A Focus on Culturally Safe and Appropriate Care. Issued: 2017
What to Expect after a Diagnosis of Dementia: An Indigenous Persons G. Issued: 2017
Preventing Dementia in Indigenous People by Aging Well: Advice from Older Indigenous Peoples. Issued: 2017
What is Dementia? First Nations Perspectives and Understandings. Issued: 2015
Signs and Symptoms of Dementia: A First Nations Guide. Issued: 2015
A Quick Guide to... Approach. Issued: 2014
P.I.E.C.E.S. of my Relationships Family Supplement. Issued: 2014
P.I.E.C.E.S. of my Relationships. Issued: 2014
Guidelines to PIECES of my Relationships. Issued: 2014



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