Dr. Sheila McDonald

Dr. Sheila McDonald is Lead Scientist and a Co-Investigator of the All Our Babies Study, a community-based pregnancy cohort study in Calgary, Alberta.

She is also a Scientist in Maternal Child Health in the Department of Research and Innovation, Population, Public and Aboriginal Health at Alberta Health Services, and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University (2009), with a specific focus on life course epidemiology and causal inference. She has extensive methodological skills in research methods, complex data sets, and longitudinal analysis, and content expertise in maternal mental health, birth outcomes, and child development. Her contributions to the field have included development of a psychosocial screening tool for poor maternal mental health using information in the prenatal period, and modeling the impact of life course stress and allostatic load on the risk for poor birth outcomes. Other interests and contributions include work on Adverse Childhood Experiences and childhood resilience. She is a co-investigator on a number of provincial and nationally funded research projects in maternal and child health and a co-lead on an AIHS funded CRIO team grant investigating child and family resiliency in the face of early life adversity.

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