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Jeanne Mance Award 2020

Nicole Letourneau, RN, BN, MN, PhD, FCAHS

Full Professor, University of Calgary; Alberta Children’s Hospital Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health

Letourneau is a distinguished nurse leader, constantly in pursuit of ways to improve the health of young families, especially the poor and vulnerable. She has attained more than $58 million in research funding, with $20 million as Principal Investigator of the Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development Studies Program, examining parenting and child development in the context of maternal depression, family violence and other toxic stressors.

Her research has directly contributed to the health of families and children at high-psychosocial risk by creating both the evidence and incentives/conditions to improve their health care. Innovative programs she has helped create include ATTACH™, VID-KIDS and MOMS Link community health programs. She has also published 170 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of several parenting books.

Letourneau is the president of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).