Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis

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External Research Associate University of Toronto Key Interests: detection, prevention, and treatment of postpartum depression.

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD., is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and the recipient of the national Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award and the provincial Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist Award. Dr. Dennis received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, her Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario, and her PhD from the University of Toronto. Following the completion of a CIHR-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, she returned to University of Toronto in 2002.

She has published numerous papers and conducted several systematic reviews and research studies on the detection, prevention, and treatment of postpartum depression, including a recent publication in the British Medical Journal. She also co-authored a book for health professionals caring for women with postpartum depression (available through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and was the team leader for the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guideline on Postpartum Depression.

Dr. Dennis is currently the principal investigator of two randomized controlled trials. The first is a province-wide trial that is evaluating the effect of peer (mother-to-mother) support on the prevention of postpartum depression among high-risk women. The trial was funded by CIHR for over $1,000,000 and will provide a complete economic evaluation. The second is a multi-site trial, also funded by CIHR for over $900,000, incorporating over 22 health regions across Canada that is evaluating the effect of telephone-based interpersonal psychotherapy on the treatment of postpartum depression.