Nicole Letourneau


Professor, Faculties of Nursing & Medicine (Pediatrics)
Chair of Norlien/Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Child and Maternal Health, University of Calgary

Committee membership

  • Governing Council:
    • January 29, 2008 to January 28, 2011
    • March 3, 2011 to March 2, 2014
  • Nominating and Governance Committee
  • Standing Committee on Ethics


Nicole Letourneau is full professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine (Pediatrics) and holds the Norlien/Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health at the University of Calgary. She is also the RESOLVE Alberta Research Coordinator, engaged with partners across the Prairies in research and education on family violence and abuse prevention. Until 2011, she was the Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development at the University of New Brunswick where she also co-founded the New Brunswick Health Policy Laboratory.

Dr. Letourneau received her bachelor's degree in nursing (1991) from the University of New Brunswick, followed by her master's degree (1994) and PhD (1998), both in nursing, from the University of Alberta. She completed postdoctoral studies on social support for vulnerable families with Dr. Miriam Stewart and Dr. J. Douglas Willms. Her research program entitled "Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development (CHILD)" Studies Program, focuses on developing and testing interventions to support vulnerable children's development, with an emphasis on addressing children's exposure to toxic stress, associated with family violence, parental depression and substance abuse, in their early caregiving environments.

She has received many honours including the Nurses Association of New Brunswick Merit Award in Research in 2011, named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40 and to "Who's Who in Canada" in 2008, named Canada's premier young investigator for receiving the Peter Lougheed New Investigator award from CIHR in 2007, received the Outstanding New Investigator in Research Award from the Canadian Association for Nursing Research in 2003 and finally, received the Alumni Horizon Award for early achievement from the University of Alberta in 2003. She has published results of her research in over 80 refereed journals and books.

She was also a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research New Investigator Network and served on CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health Institute Advisory Board, and CIHR's Population Health Review Committee. Currently, she serves on the board of the International Association for the Study of Attachment, Scientific Advisory Panel of Assistant Human Reproduction Canada, board of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, chairs CIHR's Standing Committee on Ethics and is a member of CIHR's Nominating and Governance Committee.

She is married to Dean Mullin, PhD, MBA, P Eng and mother to two boys, Maxwell 14 years and Jack 11 years.

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