Cindy-Lee Dennis

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis is a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health and was further appointed the Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health at Women’s College Research Institute. 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 sixteen 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 over 125 peer-review publications and has lead six Cochrane systematic reviews including her latest on the treatment of nipple pain among breastfeeding women. Lastly, she developed the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale, the most widely used breastfeeding measure in the world.

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