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Nancy Feeley, B.Sc.(N), M.Sc.(A), Ph.D, FCAN

  • Project Director, Lady Davis Institute
  • Senior Researcher, Centre for Nursing Research, Jewish General Hospital
  • Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University

Major Research Activities

Nancy Feeley, nurse scientist, joined the Centre for Nursing Research in 2002. Her program of research focuses on parents of NICU infants, their psychological well-being and relationship with their infant; fathers and their parenting in this context, NICU design and the effects on parents, infants and staff; the development of nursing interventions and perinatal mental health. She also has an interest in how pilot randomized controlled trials can be used to assess the feasibility and acceptability of intervention programs and study procedures.

She is a member of the SCENE research group (Separation and Closeness in the Neonatal Environment) ( Studies with Dr Anna Axelin from Turku University in Finland explore closeness and separation between parents and their infants during a NICU hospitalization.
Recent Publications
Feeley, N.,Robins, S., Genest, C., Stremler, R., Zelkowitz, P., & Charbonneau, L. (2020). A comparative study of mothers of infants hospitalized in an open ward neonatal intensive care unit and a combined pod and single-family room design. BMC Pediatrics, 20, 38.

Feeley, N., Hayton, B., Gold, I., & Zelkowitz, P. (2017). A comparative prospective cohort study of women following childbirth: Mothers of low birthweight infants at risk for elevated PTSD symptoms. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 101, 24-30.

Feeley, N., Genest, C.,Niela-Vilen, H., Charbonneau, L & Axelin, A. (2016) Parents and nurses balancing parent-infant closeness and separation: A qualitative study of NICU nurses’ perceptions. BMC Pediatrics, 16(1), 134.

Feeley, N., Zelkowitz, P., Shrier, I., Stremler, R., Westreich, R., Dunkley, D., Steele, R., Rosberger, Z., Lefebvre, F., & Papageorgiou, A. (2012). Follow up of the Cues and Care randomized controlled trial: Mother and infant outcomes at 6 months. Journal of Early Intervention, 34(2), 65-81.
Dr. Feeley’s areas of interest are:
children born preterm and their parents; fathers; parenting; intervention studies; parent-infant interaction; parental psychological well-being; and neonatal intensive care.
Important Links

Dr. Feeley's profile at the JGH Centre for Nursing Research

Dr. Feeley's profile at the McGill Ingram School of Nursing

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