Dr. Anna MacKinnon, a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Departments of Psychology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. MacKinnon’s research focuses on social determinants of child health and development, risk and resilience for perinatal mental health, as well as interventions for psychological distress and parenting.

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Dr. Anna MacKinnon is a clinical psychologist and researcher in perinatal mental health and early child development. Her work aims to identify risk and protective factors to inform the development of innovative interventions that promote resilience and prevent mental health problems. She’s worked with large cohort studies to examine multilevel social (e.g., neighborhood) and biological (e.g., epigenetic) determinants of mental health and social-emotional functioning. She also working on several clinical trials of novel telehealth and App-based programs that target mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum as well as emotion-focused parenting strategies. Her program of research aims to utilize technology (e.g., digital solutions) and a patient-oriented approach (e.g., engaging multiple stakeholders including persons with lived experience, equity-seeking groups, health care providers) to co-create and co-implement scalable and tailorable evidenced-based interventions that address barriers to access and improve care for families. She hopes to help establish a streamlined pathway to care that includes standardized perinatal mental health screening, needs matched service referrals, and follow-up throughout early childhood.

Discipline: Psychology

Centre: University of Montreal

Supervisors / Mentors: Catherine Herba

Project Title: Building resilience through prevention and intervention programs to improve perinatal mental health, early childhood development and family wellbeing

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