null Sonia Semenic, RN, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC, 5252 de Maisonneuve site

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



perinatal health • breastfeeding • Baby-Friendly Initiative • evidence-based practice • knowledge translation

Research Focus

I use a variety of methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed) and knowledge translation frameworks to examine contextual influences on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-informed practices in perinatal health. My current research projects involve breastfeeding promotion and support, implementation of the WHO’s Baby-Friendly Initiative, and using communities of practice to enhance the uptake of nursing best practices in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Selected Publications

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  • González de Armas, A.*, Ochoa Marin, S. C., Semenic, S. (2021). Identifying priorities for practice improvement related to breastfeeding support in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Medellin, Colombia. Volume 27, Issue 2, April 2021, Pages 94-99. doi: 10.1016/j.jnn.2020.07.001.

  • Groleau D, et al. Empowering women to breastfeed: Does the Baby-Friendly Initiative make a difference? Maternal and Child Nutrition 2017 Oct; 13(4). doi: 10.1111/mcn.12370. PMID: 27896940.

  • Semenic S, et al. Decision-making and evidence use during the process of prenatal record review in Canada: A multiphase qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 Mar 31; 15:78. PMID: 25881034.

  • Fleiszer A, et al. The sustainability of healthcare innovations: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2015; 71(7), 1484-98. PMID: 25708256.

  • Benoit B & Semenic S. Barriers and facilitators to implementing the Baby-Friendly hospital initiative in neonatal intensive care units. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing 2014 Sep-Oct; 43(5):614-24. PMID: 25143255.