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Nicole Letourneau

CNA Board Member 2020-2022
Board Representative

Nicole Letourneau RN BN MN PhD is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Canadian Academy of Health Science, and Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine (Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Community Health Sciences) at the University of Calgary. She also 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. Formerly, she was Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development. She is Principal Investigator (PI) of the Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Studies Program (www.CHILDStudies.ca), examining parenting and child health and development in the context of maternal depression, family violence and other toxic stressors. She is also PI of APrON, the Alberta pregnancy cohort of 2,200 families funded for follow-up to 12 years of child age. She founded the ATTACH and VID-KIDS parenting programs, designed to help stressed or depressed parents support their children’s health and development. She has attained more than $60 million CDN in research funding for her work. She authored three books including Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals About Parental Influence published in 2013, What Kind of Parent Am I? published in 2018, both by Dundurn, as well as Parenting and Child Development: Issues and Answers, published by Waterside in 2020. She has also written ~200 peer reviewed papers. She is the most followed nurse on Twitter in the world according to OnlineEducation.com. Dr. Letourneau has received many honours including Canada’s Top New CIHR Investigator in 2006, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2007, Awards for Research Excellence from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) in 2015 and Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing in 2017, and the Excellence in Leadership Award from Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses in 2019. In 2020, she received the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Jeanne Mance award for career achievement. She is also President of CARNA, the provincial college regulating 37,000 registered nurses in Alberta.