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Jennifer Abbass Dick

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3053
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3735

Research topics

  • breastfeeding
  • parenting
  • co-parenting
  • fathers

Research and Expertise

  • Background and Interests

    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 the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham Region Health Department have created an Online Breastfeeding Course for Mothers and Fathers/Partners. Visit the Breastfeeding information for parents website.

    Research Area of Specialty

    • breastfeeding
    • co-parenting
    • fathers
    • randomized controlled trials
    • interventions design and evaluation

    Research interests

    • child development
    • infant nutrition
    • knowledge translation
    • parental relationships
    • utilizing technology in research
    • mindfulness
  • Publications

    Abbass-Dick, J., Brolly, M., Huizinga, J., Newport, A., Xie, F., George, S., Sterken, E. (2017).  Designing an eHealth Breastfeeding Resource with Indigenous Families Using a Participatory Design. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 1(9).

    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.

  • 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)
  • Grants

    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

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