Nicole Letourneau


Faculty of Nursing

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute


University of Alberta, 1998


University of Alberta, 1994


University of New Brunswick, 1991

Contact information


Office: 403.210.3833

Web presence

Child studies


Office : PF3260E

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant
Peggy Holmes

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Vulnerable children
  • Social support
  • Parent-infant/child relationships
  • Maternal mental health
  • Domestic abuse
  • Family environmental effects on child development
  • Parental addictions


Nicole Letourneau PhD RN FCAHS FAAN is Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine (Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Community Health Sciences) at the University of Calgary, where she 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, examining parenting and child health & development in the context of maternal depression, family violence and other toxic stressors and early adversity. She is Principal Investigator of APrON, the Alberta pregnancy cohort of 2200 families funded for follow-up to 12 years of child age, her research mainly focusing on predictors of and intersections between parental mental health, adversity and child behavioural development. She has attained ~$60 million CDN in research funding. She is the author of three books including Scientific Parenting (2013) and What Kind of Parent Am I? (2018) and Parenting and Child Development (2020) as well as 190+ peer reviewed papers. A regular contributor of opinion-editorials appearing in online/print media such as the HuffPost and Toronto Star, she is the most followed nurse on Twitter in the world. She has attained 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 was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing and received the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Jeanne Mance award for career achievement. She is founder of the ATTACHTM ( and VID-KIDS parenting programs, designed to help stressed or depressed parents support their children’s health and development. She is also President of CARNA, the provincial college regulating 37,000 registered nurses in Alberta, and she serves on the Boards of Directors of Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society and the Canadian Nurses Association.




  • 2020   Canadian Nurses Association Jeanne Mance Award-highest award bestowed to nurse in Canada for impact on health of the public and profession of nursing (1/24 awardees since 1971)
  • 2020   Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (1/37 Canadian nurses since 1973)
  • 2019   Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nursing (highest honour bestowed on Canadian Perinatal Nurse)
  • 2017   National Recipient of Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Difference Maker Award (for impacts on Canadian’s mental health)
  • 2017   Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Research Award (one of the two highest honours bestowed to Canadian Nurse Scientist)
  • 2016   Inspiration Award, Ministry of Human Services, Province of Alberta (for impacts on family