Nicole Racine

Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Nicole Racine is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and holds a Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Her research program examines the impact of early childhood adversity on mental health and wellbeing, risk and resilience processes, and what prevention and intervention strategies break cycles of risk across generations. As a recognized leader in child adversity and mental health, she has received a number of national awards, including a New Researcher Award from the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. Racine has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in top journals in the field of pediatrics and mental health including, JAMA Pediatrics, the Lancet Psychiatry, and World Psychiatry. Her high impact work has been included in key policy documents on children’s mental health, including reports from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank. She regularly provides media interviews both nationally and internationally and her work has been featured in several prominent news outlets including CBC News, CTV News, and, the Globe and Mail.

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Research Projects

  1. Youth engagement in child maltreatment research: Gaps, barriers, and approaches


    Growing evidence suggests that putting the priorities of youth at the forefront of research enhances the quality, relevance, and impact across all stages of the research process.

  2. Physician Perspectives on the Implementation of a Trauma Informed Care Initiative in the Maternity Care Setting


    Building on previous research, physicians were concerned about the time required to engage in conversations about trauma with patients (Flanagan et al., 2018; Purkey et al., 2018). Interestingly, while time management was a concern, physicians also acknowledged that not every case required additional time. Specifically, some physicians identified that some patients may require more time to discuss concerns while others did not feel the need to have detailed discussions about their past experiences

  3. When the Bough Breaks: A systematic review and meta-analysis of mental health symptoms in mothers of young children during the COVID-19 pandemic