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

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

Her 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.

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.

She 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:

Axelin, A., Feeley, N., Campbell-Yeo, M., Tandberg, B. S., Szczapa, T., Wielenga, J., Weis, J., Bosnjak, A. P., Jonsdottir, R. B., George, K., Blomqvist, Y. T., Bohlin, K., & Lehtonen, L. (2021, online ahead of print). Symptoms of depression in parents after discharge from NICU associated with family-centred care. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Ould Brahim, L., Lambert, S., Feeley, N., Coumoundouros, C., Schaffler, J., McCusker, J., Moodie, E. E. M., Kayser, J., Kolne, K., Belzile, E., & Genest, C. (2021). The effects of self-management interventions on depressive symptoms in adults with chronic physical disease(s) experiencing depressive symptomatology: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 21(1), Article 584.

 Meunier, S., de Montigny, F., Zeghiche, S., Lalande, D., Verdon, C., Da Costa, D., & Feeley, N. (2021). Workplace experience of parents coping with perinatal loss: A scoping review. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 69(2), 411-421.

Aita, M., De Clifford-Faugère, G., Lavallée, A., Feeley, N., Stremler, R., Rioux, E., & Proulx, M. (2021). Effectiveness of interventions on early neurodevelopment of preterm infants: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Pediatrics, 21, Article 210.  

Aita, M., Robins, S., Charbonneau, L., Doray-Demers, P., & Feeley, N. (2021). Comparing light and noise levels before and after a NICU change of design. Journal of Perinatology, 41(9), 2235-2243.

Lebel, V., Héon, M., Larone Juneau, A., Collette, K., & Feeley, N. (2021). The development of a digital educational program with parents of preterm infants and neonatal nurses to meet parents educational needs. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 27(1), 52-57.

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.

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, 2038. 

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

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


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