Nancy Feeley

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

Senior Researcher, Centre for Nursing Research, Jewish General Hospital.

Project Director, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital.

Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University.

Co-Chair, McGill Nursing Collaborative.

Parental adjustment in the perinatal period

Dr. Nancy Feeley, nurse scientist, joined the Centre for Nursing Research in 2002.

Dr. Feeley's program of research focuses on parents of NICU infants,, enhancing the quality of parents' interactions with their infants; premature infants who are at risk for developmental problems; fathers and their parenting, 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.

Dr Feeley 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.

Dr. Feeley is the former co-director of RRISIQ (The Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research). This FRQS funded research group is the first Canadian group involved exclusively in the development and evaluation of nursing interventions and the measurement of their clinical impact.

Current Research Projects:

Duby, J., Tagoola, A. & Feeley, N., Wiens, M., Larson, P., O’Brien, K., & Kenya-Mugisha, N. Family integrated care for hospitalized newborns in Uganda. Steinberg Fund for Interdisciplinary Health Research - Seed Grant Program. (2019-2020)

Feeley, N. & Cossette, S. (Co-PIs), et al. Réseau de recherche en interventions en sciences infirmières du Québec (RRISIQ). Infrastructure grant. Réseau de recherche en interventions en sciences infirmières du Québec (RRISIQ)/The Québec Network on Nursing Intervention Research.Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS) & Ministry of Health & Social Services (MSSS) Québec. (2019-2021)

Gosselin, E., Feeley, N., Sidani, S. & Lavoie, S. Realistic evaluation of the Intervention for Patients Intubated and Conscious - Peritraumatic Distress (IPIC-PTD): Exploring the Context-Mechanisms-Results model. Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) - Research Grant. (2019-2020)

Tremblay, G. Bizot, D., Côté, I., Da Costa, D., De Montigny, F.,  Desgagnés, J., Deslauriers, J., Devault, A., Dubeau, D., Dupéré, S., Feeley, N., et al. Pôle d’expertise et de recherche en santé et bien-être des hommes. Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS). (2018-2022)

Demontigny, F., Dacosta, D., Devault, A., Feeley, N., et al. Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la paternité, la famille, et la société. Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC). (2017-2021)

Selected Publications and Papers:

Kheir, F., Feeley, N., Maximova, K., Drapeau, V., Henderson, M., & Van Hulst, A. (2021). Associations between breastfeeding duration in infancy and dietary intake in childhood and adolescence. Appetite, 158, 104999.

Lebel, V., Héon, M., Larone Juneau, A., Collette, K., & Feeley, N.(Epub ahead of print 2020). The development of a digital educational program with parents of preterm infants and neonatal nurses to meet parents educational needs. Journal of Neonatal Nursing.

Thomson, G., Flacking, R., George, K., Feeley, N., Haslund-Thomsen, H., De Coen, K., Provenzi, L., Schmied, V., & Rowe, J. (2020). Parents’ experiences of emotional closeness to their infants in the neonatal unit: A meta-ethnography. Early Human Development, 149, 105155.

Solomonova, E., MacKinnon, A., Gold, I., Robins, S., Wunderlich, S., Feeley, N., Hayton, B., Libman, E., & Zelkowitz, P. (2020). Disordered sleep is related to delusional ideation and depression during the perinatal period, Sleep Health, 6(2), 179-184. 

Richard-Lalonde, M., Gélinas, C., Boitor, M., Gosselin, E., Feeley, N., Cossette, S., & Chlan, L. L. (2020). The effect of music on the pain in the adult intensive care unit: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 59(6), 1304-1319e5.

MacKinnon, A., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., King, L., Nagy, C., Robins, S., Turecki, G., & Zelkowitz, P. (2020). The interaction between oxytocin receptor gene methylation and maternal behavior on children’s early theory of mind abilities. Development and Psychopathology, 32(2), 511-519.

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. 

Lecompte, V., Robins, S., MacKinnon, A., Solomonova, E., King, L., Wunderlich, S., Nagy, C., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Turecki, G., & Zelkowitz, P. (2020). Examining the role of mother-child interactions and DNA methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene in understanding child controlling attachment behaviors. Attachment & Human Development. 

Solomonova, E., Lee, A., Robins, S., King, L., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Libman, E., Nagy, C., Turecki, G., & Zelkowitz, P. (2019). Sleep quality is associated with vasopressin methylation in pregnant and postpartum women with a history of psychosocial stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 160-168. 

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Feeley, N., Martorella, G., Côté, J., Laflamme, G., Rouleau, D., & Choinière, M.  (2019). Feasibility of a hybrid web-based and in-person self-management intervention aimed at preventing acute to chronic pain transition after major lower extremity trauma (iPACT-E-Trauma): A pilot randomized controlled trial. Pain Medicine, 20(10), 2018-2032. 

Aita, M., Stremler, R., Feeley, N., Nuyt, A. M., & Lavallée, A. (2019). Acceptability to nurses of reducing NICU light and noise levels during Skin-to-Skin Care: A pilot study. Applied Nursing Research, 47, 29-31.

Feeley, N., Robins, S., Charbonneau, L., Genest, C., Lavigne, G., & Lavoie-Tremblay, M. (2019). NICU nurses’ stress and work environment in an open-ward compared to a combined pod and single-family room design. Advances in Neonatal Care, 19(5), 416-424

King, L., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., & Zelkowitz, P. (2019). The healthy migrant effect and predictors of perinatal depression. Women & Birth, 32, e341-e350.

Liu, L., Mozafarinia, M., Axelin, A., & Feeley, N. (2019) Parents’ experience of support in the single-family rooms of a combined pod and single-family room NICU. Neonatal Network, 38(2), 88-97

Sunahara, C., Zelkowitz, P., Bolger, N., Sadikaj, G., Samuel, S., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Feeley, N., Carter, S., & Bartz, J. (2019). Maternal oxytocin predicts relationship survival during the perinatal transition period: Preliminary evidence. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 136, 33-38.


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