Nancy Feeley

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

 2019 Visiting Scholar Tour​​​​​​​

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

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

Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University.

Research Scholar, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).

Co-director, RRISIQ (The Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research).

Parental adjustment in the perinatal period

Dr. Nancy Feeley, nurse scientist, joined the Centre for Nursing Research in 2002. Dr. Feeley is the co-director, with Dr. Sylvie Cossette from the University of Montreal, 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.

Dr. Feeley's research interests include: 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, infant outcomes 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 procedures. Two book chapters have recently appeared.

Dr. Feeley has been involved in the elaboration of the McGill Model of Nursing and is the co-author of a book, published by Elsevier/C.V. Mosby, which explores how nurses can work collaboratively with patients and their families. The book has been translated into French and Japanese.

Dr Feeley is a member of the SCENE research group (Separation and Closeness in the Neonatal Environment) ( A group of related studies with Dr Anna Axelin from Turku University in Finland are underway that explore closeness and separation between parents and their infants during a NICU hospitalization using a novel smartphone application.

Current Research Projects:

Aita, M., De Clifford-Faugère, G., Feeley, N. & Colson, S. Pratiques infirmières liées aux soins de développement des nouveau-nés prématurés: Comparaison entre des unités néonatales québécoises et françaises. RRISIQ – Subvention pour projet de recherche impliquant une collaboration internationale. (2017-2019)

Aita, M., Semenic, S., Feeley, N., Haiek, L., Héon, M., Lechasseur, K., Roch, G., & Talbot, L. Favoriser le développement des enfants prématurés et l'implication des parents par l’optimisation des meilleures pratiques infirmières. Fondation OIIQ, Programme de subvention clinique- Pour mieux soigner. (2017-2019)

Aita, M., Stremler, R., Feeley, N., Lavallée, A. & De Clifford –Faugère. Effectiveness of Interventions during NICU Hospitalization on the Short-term Neurodevelopment of Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review Protocol. RRISIQ. (2017-2019)

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) (2019- 2020)

Zelkowitz, P., Benard, F., Chan, P., Da Costa, D., Dennis, C-L., Ells, C., Feeley, N., Holzer, H., Lawrence, J., Lambert, S.D., Lee, V., Lo, K., Loiselle, C.G., Rosberger, Z., Takefman, J., & Tulandi, T. Promoting physical and mental health in men facing fertility issues. CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) – Boy’s and Men’s Health Team Grant: Advancing Research to Improve Boy’s and Men’s Health. (2015-2020)

Majnemer,A., Miller, S. & Goldowitz, D., Kitch, T., Miller, S., O’Donnell, M., Szatmari, P., Feeley, N., et al. CHILD-BRIGHT: Child Health Initiatives Limiting Disability- Brain Research Improving Growth and Health Trajectories. CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) – SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease. (2016-2021)

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

Demontigny, F., Bell, L., Dacosta, D., Devault, A., Feeley, N., Ndengeyingoma, A., Pierce, T., Roch, G., Verdon, C., Cyr, C., Gervais, C., Kettani, M, Lemelin, L. Tardif-Grenier, K., Dubeau, D., Lacharitie, C., Maretl, M., Tremblay, G., Cote, I. Reeves, N., Benzies, K., Dennis, C., Fletcher, R., Howlett, A., Letourneau, N., Mellier, D., Nascimento, L., Ramchandani, P., & Russell, B. FQRSC (Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture). Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la paternité, la famille, et la société. (2017-2021)

Selected Publications and Papers:

Solomonova, E., Lee, A., Robins, S., King, L., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Libman, E., Nagy, C., Turecki, G., & Zelkowitz, P. (In Press May 2019). Sleep quality is associated with vasopressin methylation in pregnant and postpartum women with a history of psychosocial stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology.  
MacKinnon, A., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., King, L., Nagy, C., Robins, S., Turecki, G., & Zelkowitz, P. (2019). The interaction between oxytocin receptor gene methylation and maternal behavior on children’s early theory of mind abilities. Development and Psychopathology. 1-9. 

Aita, M., Stremler, R., Feeley, N., Monique, A., & Lavallee, A. (Accepted March 2019). Acceptability to nurses of reducing NICU light and noise levels during Skin-to-Skin Care: A pilot study. Applied Nursing Research. 

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Feeley, N., Martorella, G., Côté, J., Laflamme, G., Rouleau, D., & Choiniere, M.  (Accepted January 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.

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. 

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Feeley, N., Martorella, G., Côté, J., Laflamme, G., Rouleau, D., & Choiniere, M. (2018). A hybrid web-based and in-person self-management intervention aimed at preventing acute to chronic pain transition after major lower extremity trauma: Feasibility and acceptability of iPACT-E-Trauma. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Formative Research, 2(1), e10323. 

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Martorella, G., Feeley, N., Côté, J., Laflamme, G., Rouleau, D., & Choiniere, M. (2018). Development and acceptability assessment of a self-management intervention to prevent acute to chronic pain transition after major lower extremity trauma. Pain Management Nursing, 19(6), 671-692. 

MacKinnon, A., Houazene, S., Robins, S., Feeley, N., & Zelkowitz, P. (2018). Maternal attachment style, interpersonal trauma history, and childbirth-related posttraumatic stress. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. 

Fisher, D., Khashu, M., Adama, E., Feeley, N., Garfield, C., Ireland, J., Koliouli, F., Lindberg, B., Noergaard, B., Provenzi, L., Thomson-Salo, F., & van Teijlingen, E. (2018). Fathers in neonatal units: Improving infant health by supporting the baby-father bond and mother-father co-parenting. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 24, 306-312. 

Mäkelä, H., Axelin, A., Feeley, N., & Niela-Vilén, H. (2018). Clinging to closeness: The parental view on developing a close bond with their infant in the NICU. Midwifery, 62, 183-188. 

MacKinnon, A., Carter, S., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Santhakumaran, S., & Zelkowitz, P. (2018). Theory of mind as a link between oxytocin and maternal behaviour. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 92, 87-94. 

Bujold, M., Feeley, N., Cinquino, C., & Axelin, A. (2018). Expressing human milk in the NICU: Coping mechanisms and challenges shape the complex experience of closeness and separation. Advances in Neonatal Care, 18(1), 38-48. 

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