Dawn Kingston Lois Hole Hospital for Women Cross-Provincial Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research

Dawn Kingston, a professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing, is passionate about women’s mental health and is dedicated to helping women and families not just in Alberta, but across the country.  

Originally formed in 2016, the focus of Alberta’s first pan-provincial nursing research chair and its first term was on perinatal mental health, looking at the outcomes on the long-term health of pregnant and postpartum women, as well as the health of their children.

The focus of her second term, beginning in 2021, expanded and now covers the full life course for women and continues building upon the hugely successful launch of the HOPE Digital Mental Health Platform—an online screening, e-referral, e-therapy, and educational tool created by Kingston and her team.

It lowers costs for both women and the system, helps women to access help in a more timely fashion, supports women who live in rural and remote areas and frees up crucial time for psychiatrists and psychologists to address the most complex mental health needs.

This endowed chair is supported by a generous gift from the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation.