Nicole Letourneau

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Maternal & Child Health Program

ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health

Professor

Faculty of Nursing

Professor

Department of Paediatrics

Professor

Department of Psychiatry

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)


Contact information

Location

Office : CDC379

Research

Areas

  • Child Development
  • Maternal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness
  • Parenting
  • Resiliency

Research summary

Dr. Letourneau holds the Alberta Children’s Hospital Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health and is Director of RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence) Alberta. She leads the Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Studies Program (www.CHILDStudies.ca) developing and testing interventions to support parenting, maternal-child attachment, child health and development in the context of maternal depression, family violence and other toxic stressors. She also leads APrON, the Alberta pregnancy cohort of 2200 mother-child pairs and 1200 fathers, now funded for follow-up to 12 years of child age, mainly focusing on predictors of and intersections between parental mental health and child behavioural development.

Areas of research:

  • Parenting and child development in the context of teen motherhood, family violence, and substance abuse
  • Interventions for mothers, fathers, and infants exposed to postpartum depression;
  • origins of fetal programming of infant stress reactivity associated with exposure to maternal depression in utero