null Sonia Semenic, RN, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC

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

My research focuses on: breastfeeding promotion and support, the implementation of the WHO's Baby-Friendly initiative, the evaluation of Quebec's breastfeeding policies and programs, perinatal smoking cessation and relapse prevention, and factors influencing the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based nursing practices. The title of my FRSQ Chercheur-boursier research program is "Enhancing knowledge translation in perinatal health: Identifying individual, organizational, socio-cultural and political factors related to the implementation of evidence-informed practices in perinatal health promotion".

Selected Publications

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  • Debruyn, R., Semenic, S., Ochoa, C. Barriers and facilitators to evidence-based nursing in Medellín, Colombia: Perspectives of nurse educators, nurse researchers and graduate students. Investigación y Educación en Enfermería - Nursing Research and Education (accepted October 2013).

  • Kayser, J. & Semenic, S. Smoking motives, quitting motives and opinions about smoking cessation support among expectant or new fathers. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 24(3), 149-157S

  • Dodds, L., Brown, C.L., Attenborough, R., Bryanton, J., Elliott Rose, A., Flowerdew, G., Langille, D., Lauzon, L. & Semenic, S. (2013). The rates, duration, and determinants of exclusive breastfeeding to six months in Nova Scotia women. CMAJ Open, e9-e17.

  • Semenic, S., Childerhose, J.E., Lauziere, J. & Groleau, D. (2012). Barriers, facilitators, and recommendations related to implementing the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI): An integrative review. Journal of Human Lactation, 28(3) (August: Special issue on the BFHI), 317-34.

  • Edwards, N., Semenic, S., Premji, S., Montgomery, P., Williams, B., Olson, J., Mansi, O. (2008). Provincial Prenatal Record Revision: A multiple case study of evidence-based decision-making at the population-policy level (protocol). BMC Health Services Research, 8, 266.