Dr. Dawn Kingston, PhD, RN

Lois Hole Hospital for Women Cross-Provincial Chair in Perinatal Mental Health 

Partnership between the University of Calgary and Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation shines a light on the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation in Edmonton and the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing have joined to fund research into anxiety and depression in pregnant women and the long term outcomes on their health and the health of their children.

The Lois Hole Hospital for Women Cross-Provincial Chair in Perinatal Mental Health partners academic research in Calgary with clinical care at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, and brings together the areas of nursing, obstetrics and psychiatry. Researchers attached to the chair will look at mental health issues that can arise during pregnancy and postpartum — known as perinatal mental health — and the impact this can have on families and communities. They’ll also work with couples dealing with fertility challenges and women coping with pregnancy loss.

Chair recipient, associate professor Dawn Kingston, is a noted researcher whose been working in the perinatal mental health area for more than 10 years. New evidence is shifting the understanding of perinatal mental health globally, she explains.

“We used to think that the main mental health problem was postpartum depression. But the science doesn’t support that anymore, and how we set up our mental health system and direct our resources should follow the science.

“This gift offers the opportunity to continue building the science upon which we can found a universal system of perinatal mental health care so that all women can receive the care they need and so we can improve the lives of Albertan, and Canadian families.”


The Lois Hole Hospital for Women Cross-Provincial Chair in Perinatal Mental Health

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

Collaborators/Partners

  • Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Innovates
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Max Bell Foundation
  • Norlien/Palix Foundation
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
  • Women and Children's Health Research Institute

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