Professor Cindy-Lee Dennis awarded prestigious Marcé Medal

24 October 2018

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis has been awarded the prestigious international Marcé Medal by the International Marcé Society. Dr. Dennis received this award in recognition of her impactful contributions as a research leader in the areas of improving breastfeeding outcomes; detecting, preventing and treating perinatal depression and anxiety; examining the health of immigrant mothers and infants, and developing postpartum interventions that include fathers. Dr. Dennis accepted her award at the Biennial Congress of The International Marcé Society in September 2018.

The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental has chapters around the world that aim to support and assist in prenatal and postpartum mental health for mothers, fathers and their babies. The distinguished Marcé Medal is awarded every two years to an eminent person who has made an extraordinary contribution to expert knowledge in the field of perinatal mental health through research, clinical practice, teaching and mentorship.

About Dr. Dennis

Cindy-Lee Dennis, RN, PhD, has the distinction of holding two research chairs. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health at the University of Toronto and the Women’s Health Research Chair at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Dennis’ maxim, “Healthy babies start with healthy moms.” has led her to focus her overall program of research on the rigorous evaluation of interventions to directly improve maternal health, which indirectly enhances infant outcomes.

About the Marcé Society

The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health is the expert professional society for research, clinical practice and public health initiatives to improve understanding of and responses to mental health problems among women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, their partners, and their infants and young children. It is a multidisciplinary group of academics, clinicians, advocates and people with lived experience.