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Jennifer Abbass Dick
PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3053
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 3735

jennifer.abbassdick@uoit.ca


Research topics

  • breastfeeding
  • parenting
  • co-parenting
  • fathers

Background

Dr. Jennifer Abbass Dick graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She completed her Master of Nursing degree in 2009 from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto with a focus on Community Health. She completed her PhD at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto in 2013.

The title of the dissertation is:

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Co-parenting Breastfeeding Support Intervention on Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates at 12 Weeks Postpartum

Dr. Abbass Dick has worked with childbearing families as both a Registered Nurse and lactation consultant in the hospital and community throughout her career. She is dedicated to assisting and empowering parents to have a positive and healthy transition to parenthood.

Dr. Abbass Dick and a team of professionals from UOIT and Durham Region Health Department have created an Online Breastfeeding Course for Mothers and Fathers/Partners. Visit the Breastfeeding information for parents website.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario 1995
  • Master of Nursing University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario 2009
  • PhD University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario 2013

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

Health and Healing - Healthy Communities
NUR 3700U - Instructor - Course Lead (2014, 2015, 2016)

Nursing Leadership
NUR 4100 - Instructor (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Health and Healing - Healthy Communities 
NUR 3700U - Faculty Advisor (2013)

Research and expertise

  • breastfeeding
  • co-parenting
  • fathers
  • randomized controlled trials
  • interventions design and evaluation
  • child development
  • infant nutrition
  • knowledge translation
  • parental relationships
  • utilizing technology in research
  • mindfulness

Research title: The Design and Evaluation of a Coparenting and Breastfeeding Online Course
Granting body: Breastfeeding Community Projects Grant from Best Start Resources Ontario
Amount Awarded: $25,000
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Abbass Dick
Co-investigators: Shelley Alcock Brillinger, Amber Newport, Joanne Huizinga, Fangli Xie, Jaymie Koroluk, Cindy-Lee Dennis
Date of award: March 2014 to February 2015

Research title: Design and Evaluation of an Online Breastfeeding Resource for Adolescent Mothers and Aboriginal Families
Granting body: Best Start Health Nexus with funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Amount awarded: $50,000
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Abbass Dick, Michele Brolly, Joanna Huizinga, Fangli Xie, Amber Newport
Co-investigators: Dr. Clemon George, Elisabeth Sterken, Stephanie MacDonald, and Cindy-Lee Dennis
Date of award: January 1, 2015 to December 2015

Involvement

  • Selected publications

    Abbass-Dick, J., Xie, F., Koroluk, J., Brillinger, S. A., Huizinga, J., Newport, A., & Goodman, W. & Dennis, C. L. (2017). The Development and Piloting of an eHealth Breastfeeding Resource Targeting Fathers and Partners as Co-parents. Midwifery,50, 139-147.

    Abbass-Dick, J., & Dennis, C-L. (2017). Breastfeeding co-parenting framework: A new framework to improve breastfeeding duration and exclusivity. Family & Community Health, 40(1):28-31.

    Abbass-Dick, J., Stern, S. B., Nelson, L. E., Watson, W., & Dennis, C. L. (2015). 'Coparenting Breastfeeding Support and Exclusive Breastfeeding: A Randomized Controlled Trial'. Pediatrics, 135(1), 102-110. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1416.

  • Presentations
    • Abbass Dick, J., Huizinga, J, Newport, A., Xie, F, Brolly, M. (2016) “Design and Evaluation of an eHealthIntervention: Breastfeeding Resources.” Poster presentation at the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women's Health Nurses 6th National Conference - October 21 to 23, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta.

    • Reyes, C. Abbass-Dick, J. (2016). “Investigating the Effectiveness of a Breastfeeding Education Session Delivered inSecondary School Reproductive Curriculum on the Breastfeeding Intentions, Knowledge and Attitude of Grade 9 and 10 Females Students” Poster presentation at the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women's Health Nurses 6th National Conference - October 21 to 23, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta.

    • Fisher, D., Abbass-Dick, J., Bich, T, Rempel, J, Rempel, L. (2016) “Breastfeeding as Family Teamwork: Family Initiative Research into Practice Briefing” Presented by D, Fisher at the WABA Global Partners’ Forum 2016 in Penang, Malaysia, October 2 to 5.

    • Longo, F. & Abbass-Dick. J (2016). “Explore the lived experience of clinical teachers to assess their perceptions of strategies and resources utilized to enhance clinical teaching.” Poster presentation at the 2016 Canadian Nursing Education Conference in Toronto, Ontario. May 30.

    • Abbass Dick, J, Atkins, B., Moral. N (2016) “The Development and Evaluation of Weekly Online Learning Objects for Community Health Nursing: A Work in Progress.” Poster presentation at the 2016 Canadian Nursing Education Conference in Toronto, Ontario. May 30.

    • Abbass Dick, J., Huizinga, J, Newport, A., Xie, F, Brolly, M. (2016).  “Designing an Online Breastfeeding Resource For Indigenous Families." Poster presentation at the Indigenous Health Conference 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. May 26 to 27.

    • Abbass Dick, J, Koroluk, J., Xie, F., Newport, A, Huizinga, J. (2016) “The Design, Creation and Evaluation of Three On-line Breastfeeding Courses for Targeted Populations: Fathers/Partners, Young Mothers and Indigenous Families” Oral presentation at the Ontario Public Health Conference (TOPHC). Toronto, Ontario. April 4 to 6.

    • Moral, N., Atkins, B., Abbass-Dick, J. (2016) “Weekly Online Learning Objects for Community Health Nursing” CNIE Virtual Conference- Knocking Down the Walls: Showcasing Innovative Research and Practice in Online Classrooms. Virtual Oral Presentation by N. Moral and B. Atkins from Oshawa Ontario on March 8.

    • Abbass Dick, J., Huizinga, J, Newport, A., Xie, F, Brolly, M. (2016). “Designing E-health Breastfeeding Resources for Targeted Populations (Couples, Young Mothers, and Indigenous Families).” Oral presentation at Best Start Resource Centre Annual Conference: Pre-Conference. Providing Targeted Breastfeeding Support: Results and Lessons Learned from Breastfeeding Community ProjectsToronto, Ontario. February 16.

    • Abbass Dick, J, Koroluk, J., Xie, F., Alcock- Brillinger S., Newport, A, Huizinga, J. (2015) The Creation and Evaluation of an Online Co-parenting Breastfeeding Course. Oral Presentation at the CAPWHN 5th National Conference.  Quebec City, Quebec. November 5 to 7, 2015.

    • Abbass Dick, J, Koroluk, J., Xie, F., Newport, A, Huizinga, J. (2015) The Creation and Evaluation of an Online Co-parenting Breastfeeding Course. Oral Presentation at the Research Knowledge Exchange Durham Region Health Department. Whitby, Ontario, October 23, 2015.

    • Campbell, K., Zitzelsberger, H & Abbass Dick, J. (2014) Enhancing Reflective Practices in Undergraduate Community Health Nursing Students.  Oral presentation by Karen Campbell, at the 9th National Community Health Nurses Conference on June 3, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario.

    • Abbass Dick, J. Dennis, C-L, Stern, S., Nelson, L. & Watson, W (2010).  Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Coparenting Breastfeeding Support Intervention (COSI) on Exclusive Breastfeeding at 12 weeks Postpartum among Primiparous Mothers and Fathers. Oral Presentation at the CAPWHN 3rd National Conference. Niagara Falls, Ontario. November 22, 2013.

    • Abbass Dick, J. (2013). Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Co-parenting Breastfeeding Support Intervention (COSI) on Excusive Breastfeeding at 12 weeks Postpartum Among Primiparous Mothers and Fathers. Scheduled to be presented at the 3rd National Conference of the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women's Health Nurses (CAPWHN) Niagara Falls, Ontario, November 22, 2013.
    • Abbass Dick, J. (2011). #1 Source of Support: Assisting Fathers in Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers. Presented at Toronto Breastfeeding Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Abbass Dick, J. (2010). Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Co-parenting Breastfeeding Support Intervention (COSI) on Excusive Breastfeeding at 12 weeks Postpartum Among Primiparous Mothers and Fathers. Poster presented at the Toronto Breastfeeding Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
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