“Healthy babies start with healthy mothers.”
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis has the distinction of holding two research chairs. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health at the University of Toronto. At the Women’s College Research Institute, and in partnership with U of T’s psychiatry department and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dr. Dennis holds the Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research.
She is currently the principal investigator of six large, multi-site studies related to breastfeeding exclusivity and perinatal depression. She is also examining the relationship between maternal and paternal postpartum depression and early child development and analyzing why immigrant women are at higher risk to develop postpartum depression. She is a co-investigator on 21 other research projects concerning maternal and paternal health outcomes. She has over $6 million in national research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She has more than 150 peer-review publications and has lead nine Cochrane systematic reviews. Lastly, she developed the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale, the most widely used breastfeeding measure in the world. Her methodological expertise focuses on randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Dr. Dennis is also a Senior Scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and is cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry in U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.
- Academic Credentials
- 2000 to 2002 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 1999 – PhD, University of Toronto 1995 – MScN, University of Western Ontario, London 1991 – BScN, University of Toronto
- Dr. Dennis's PubMed link is available here.