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Head of Research 
Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo

Dr. Campbell-Yeo is an associate professor, certified neonatal nurse practitioner and clinician scientist with a cross appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Psychology and Neuroscience. She holds grants examining maternal driven interventions to improve outcomes of medically at risk newborns specifically related to pain, stress and neurodevelopment.


Dr. Campbell-Yeo has expertise in mulit-site randomized controlled clinical trials and mixed methods. Her projects are interdisciplinary in nature and she has ongoing collaborations with nurses, neonatologists, psychologists, epidemiologists, obstetricians, and pharmacists. She has secured over $9M in training and operating grants, published over 60 peer reviewed papers and 140 abstracts, and contributed to a Cochrane Systematic Review. She is a recognized leader with over 70 invited presentations related to the impact of maternally-led interventions on the immediate health outcomes of at-risk newborns. 





Dr. Campbell-Yeo completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 1987 and Masters of Nursing in 1999, both from Dalhousie University In 1999 she completed the requirements for certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from State University of New York and obtained her PhD in Nursing from McGill University in 2012. She began lecturing at Dalhousie University in 2008, and was appointed to the School of Nursing faculty in 2012.  

Improving Neonatal Outcomes

Dr. Campbell-Yeo’s passion for improving neonatal outcomes arises from 30 years of caring for critically ill newborns and their families as a clinician, educator, and researcher. She continues to provide clinical care in her role as a neonatal nurse practitioner to critically ill infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the IWK Health Centre and is one of a very few practicing Nurse Clinician Scientists in Canada.

Demonstrated Leadership & Notable Awards

Dr. Campbell-Yeo leads ongoing national and international interdisciplinary research teams consisting of clinicians, researchers and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. She has been recognized for her contributions to the field via numerous training, leadership, and research awards. Most notably, she was recently named one of 150 Nurses for Canada by the Canadian Nurses Association to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation (2017), and has been called to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (2017).


Additionally, she is also the recipient of the Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Award (2016), Early Career Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Health (2016), Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Career Development Award (2015),  Canadian Pain Society Early Career Investigator Award (2015), Excellence in Nursing Research Award, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (2014), Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship (2014) and the Global Health REAL Award (2013). 

Her commitment to knowledge translation is shown through her success in securing funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation in order to support ongoing dissemination of her parent-focused YouTube video entitled “Power of a Parent’s Touch.” These in addition to a CIHR fellowship (2008-2012), Ruby Blois Scholarship (2010), Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Doctoral Award (2005-2007), The Quebec Interuniversity Nursing Intervention Research Group (GRIISIQ) Fellowship (2005-2007). 


Committee memberships and working groups

Dr. Campbell-Yeo was the past chair of the Nursing Issues Awards Committee and of the Nursing Issues Special Interest group of the Canadian Pain Society. She is a member of two large international teams: as a Faculty member of the Vermont Oxford Network International team, Structuring Success in the Care of Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS); and, on an American Academy of Pediatrics working group creating Helping Babies Survive educational toolkits to be used to improve infant mortality in developing countries. Locally, she is a member of numerous committees within and external to Dalhousie University and sits on numerous scientific and legislative committees.


Among the most notable are membership in the Interdisciplinary Nurse Practitioner Practice Review Committee, Nurse Practitioner Legislative Committee, New Classes of Practitioners Regulations and CDSA.


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Principal Investigator

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo  PhD NNP-BC RN

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist, 

School of Nursing, Departments of Pediatrics, Psychology and Neuroscience, 

Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre 

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