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Assistant Professor of Nursing and Health Sciences Research Chair, St. Francis Xavier University

Dr. Britney Benoit is a Registered Nurse and Assistant Professor in the Rankin School of Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University and Health Sciences Research Chair at Nova Scotia Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (St. Francis Xavier University), a Master of Science in Nursing (McGill University), and a PhD in Nursing (Dalhousie University). Dr. Benoit’s research focuses on testing and translating accessible, non-invasive approaches to optimizing care of infants, children, and families during times of pain, stress, and transition. Her research involves generation of new knowledge, synthesis of existing knowledge, and translation of knowledge into health system policy and practice. Dr. Benoit’s research is grounded in collaboration and partnership with numerous stakeholders, including clinicians, health systems leaders and decision makers, and families.

Dr. Benoit’s current research is focused on supporting parent-led interventions for pain management and fostering supportive environments for breastfeeding. Several key projects include: (1) Co-development of implementation interventions to support parent-led (breastfeeding, parent-infant skin-to-skin contact) infant pain management in rural communities; and (2) Identification of barriers, facilitators, and context-driven strategies to support implementation of the Baby Friendly Initiative in hospital and community care environments.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Nursing and Nova Scotia Health Health Sciences Research Chair at St. Francis Xavier University, St. Francis Xavier University


  • 2019 
    Dalhousie University, PhD in Nursing