Nicole Letourneau

Professor (Nursing & Medicine) & ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health, University of Calgary

Dr. Letourneau holds the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health and is Director of RESOLVE Alberta. Her CHILD (Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development) Studies Program develops and tests interventions that support the development of infants and children growing up in families affected by toxic stressors including parental depression, addictions, intimate partner violence and low-income. Program subjects include the impact of variables--parent-child relationship quality, attachment, and supportive relationships--on children’s health and development. She focuses on the relationship between protective factors of quality parent-infant/child relationships and children’s physiological and developmental health. Her program seeks both to improve health and developmental outcomes for at-risk children via support interventions and to understand how psychosocial interventions function to improve children’s outcomes. Dr. Letourneau’s research promotes understanding of the relationship among social (caregiving) experiences, neural and endocrine systems, and children’s cognitive and social development. Her recent book “Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals About Parental Influence”, published by Dundurn in 2013 describes much of this research.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Nursing & Research Chair of Parent-Infant Mental Health , University of Calgary

Honours

Top 40 Under 40, Inspiration Award