University of Calgary

Nicole Letourneau

  • Professor


Nicole Letourneau RN PhD FCAHS is author of Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals About Parental Influence (2013) and forthcoming What Kind of Parent Am I? both published by Dundurn. As Professor in the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine (Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Community Health Sciences), she holds the ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health. She is Principal Investigator of the CHILD (Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development) Studies Program studying parenting, attachment and child development in the context of maternal depression, family violence, and substance abuse. She leads the APrON cohort study of 2200 Alberta families, focused on examining the influence of parental mental health on infant and child development. One of her most recent studies examines the influence of perinatal maternal mental health on epigenetic expression in three-month old infants. She leads the Harvard Center on the Developing Child funded Action Team on Triadic Attachment and Child Health (ATTACH) study, testing an innovative intervention to promote reflective function of high-risk mothers. She also leads VID-KIDS, a nurse-delivered video feedback intervention for mothers with postpartum depression to support healthy maternal-child relationships. Her research is community-based and seeks to develop evidence to guide best practice in parent-child support and intervention. In her career, to date, she has attained over $50 million in funding, with nearly $15 million as lead investigator. She has over 21K Twitter followers (@DrNLetourneau), 135 peer-reviewed papers, 14+ book chapters and over 100 opinion editorials appearing in major print and online Canadian news outlets. 

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