Associate Professor, Nursing
I am interested in community health promotion throughout the lifespan with a focus on young families. I have researched factors associated with increased breastfeeding exclusivity and duration, including the effectiveness of peer-led prenatal breastfeeding classes, and the implementation of breastfeeding best practice guidelines in public health. I have studied father involvement, including the father’s role in the breastfeeding family and the impact on infant development in Vietnam of a program that increased father-infant involvement. I have also researched the provision of compassionate care for women and families experiencing miscarriage, particularly in the emergency department.
- Transition to parenting
- Father involvement
- Breastfeeding promotion
- Compassionate care for women and families experiencing miscarriage
- Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
- Canadian Nurses Association
- Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses
- Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
Rempel, L. A., Rempel, J. K., Khuc, T. N., & Vui, L. T. (2017) Influence of father-infant relationship on infant development: A father-involvement intervention. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0000390
Rempel, L. A., Rempel, J. K., & Moore, K. C. J. (2017). Relationships between types of father breastfeeding support and breastfeeding outcomes. Maternal and Child Nutrition. doi:10.1111/mcn.12337
Engel, J. K., & Rempel, L. A. (2016). Health professionals and miscarriage: Attitudes and practices. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 41, 51-57. doi:10.1097/NMC.0000000000000207
Rempel, L. A., & McCleary, L. (2012). Effect of the implementation of a breastfeeding best practice guideline in a Canadian public health agency. Research in Nursing and Health, 35, 435-449. doi:10.1002/nur.21495
White, K. M., Terry, D. J., Troup, C., Rempel, L., Norman, P., Mummery, K., Posner, N., Riley, M., & Kenardy, J. (2012). An extended theory of planned behavior intervention to promote physical activity and healthy eating among older adults diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22, 281-299.
Rempel, L. A., & Moore, K. (2012). Peer-led prenatal breastfeeding education: A viable alternative to nurse-led education. Midwifery, 28, 72-79. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2010.11.005
- Nursing Research
- Health Education
- Community Health Nursing
- Theory and Practice of Health Program Planning and Evaluation
- Nursing and Health—The Canadian Context
Our lab studies factors associated with the transition to parenting. This has included exploring the experiences of mothers and fathers in the breastfeeding family and breastfeeding promotion interventions such as evaluation of peer breastfeeding support and prenatal breastfeeding classes, and implementation of breastfeeding best practice guidelines in a public health agency.
Our research with fathers involve encouraging them to be actively involved in the lives of their infants indirectly by providing breastfeeding support to their wives and directly through responsive interaction with their new babies.
We are also conducting research regarding nursing care of women and families experiencing miscarriage and have conducted research into nurses’ beliefs and practices regarding skin-to-skin contact immediately following cesarean birth.
Allison Bowman, Masters Candidate, Applied Health Sciences – Community Health
Allison’s thesis research will focus on father involvement with their infants. She also volunteers as the Community Manager for Life with a Baby Niagara, organizing events to increase families’ social circles, with the aim of helping parents to cope with the transition to parenting.
Amanda Hansen, Masters Candidate, Applied Health Sciences – Community Health
Amanda’s thesis research will focus on father involvement with their infants. She is a nurse in Labour and Delivery at the Niagara Health System.