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Suzanne Tough

Position: 

Professor, Departments of Paediatrics, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary;
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Alberta;
Adjunct Professor, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Phone: 
(403) 441-8450
Address: 

Child Development Centre
3rd Floor, 3820 - 24th Avenue NW
Calgary, AB T3B 2X9

Biography: 

All Our Babies Pregnancy Cohort

The All Our Babies Cohort is a longitudinal pregnancy cohort that enables the investigation of the relationships between parental well-being and outcomes for children and families. This cohort also provides us with contemporary information about children growing up in an urban setting. All Our Babies participants have provided information about mental health, lifestyle, neighborhood, pregnancy, parenting, child development, family life, recreation, screen time, sleep and use of services. This information will help us identify how what happens early can influence later health and development outcomes for children and families

The All Our Babies cohort began in 2008 with the recruitment of 3,200 Alberta mother-baby pairs. Mothers were recruited before they were 25-weeks of gestation and were eligible if they were undergoing prenatal care for a singleton pregnancy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since recruitment, our dedicated participants have completed two questionnaires during pregnancy and when their children were 4 months, 1, 2, 3 and 5 years of age. In addition to the questionnaire data, 1,800 of our mothers also provided biologic samples and cord blood.

Research areas that we have explored to date include topics related to preterm birth, social support, exposure to abuse, maternal anxiety and depression, breastfeeding, use of community resources (eg. Library), sleep, child care, and child social and emotional development. We are excited to continue to collect information to better understand how children are managing elementary school. Some topics of interest in these growing years are screen time, recreation, bullying, injury and family life.  Please refer to http://allourbabiesstudy.com/ for more information or to find out about accessing the All Our Babies data.  

Suzanne Tough, Ph.D.   

Principal Investigator: All Our Babies Cohort

Suzanne Tough is a Professor with the Department of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Health Scholar supported by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions.  As the principal investigator of the All Our Babies cohort, the overall vision of her research program is to optimize birth and childhood outcomes by creating evidence that informs the development of community and clinical programs and influences policy. Suzanne has undertaken research in delayed childbearing, reproductive technology, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, preterm birth, prenatal care, maternal mental health and child development. Suzanne has been recognized for the All Our Babies training environment through awards in graduate supervision. She is a member of international and national advisory committees related to maternal and child health. She has been also recognized for her contributions through a Global TV Women of Vision Award, an Alumni Award of Excellence, and A People’s First Award. As a member of the United Way Council of Champions and other advisory committees, Suzanne collaborates to develop the All Our Babies research agenda so that evidence can be useful for decision making and program planning. http://allourbabiesstudy.com/

Research Activities: 

Maternal and Child Health

Other Area(s) of Research: 

Epidemiology

Publications: 
Degrees: 
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • M.Sc. (Master of Science)