Gerry Giesbrecht

Associate Professor

Department of Paediatrics

Associate Professor

Department of Community Health Sciences

Adjunct Professor

Department of Psychology

PhD - Psychology

University of Victoria

MA - Psychology

Trinity Western University

BA (Hons) - Psychology

Trinity Western University

Contact information

Phone

Office: 403.441.8469

Location

Office : CDC355

Biography

I am a registered Clinical Psychologist in the province of Alberta and Associate Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. My research program focuses on the psychobiology of stress, and especially on the effects of stress during pregnancy on child development. I am currently studying the effects of risk and resilience factors, such as adverse childhood experiences, nutrition, temperament, and the gut microbiota on children’s neurodevelopment and mental health outcomes. My research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the SickKids Foundation, and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. I am the lead investigator of the Fetal Programming study, a cohort of 294 women who have been followed since early pregnancy and with whom he conducted intensive assessment of stress physiology. I am a co-investigator of the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study, a longitudinal cohort of 2200 women and children that focusses on the effects of prenatal nutrition on maternal mental health and child neurodevelopment. The overall objectives of my research program are: to identify the mechanisms by which early life exposure to stress becomes biologically embedded in children’s development, to identify risk and resilience factors that modify the effects of early life stress exposure on children’s development, and to develop effective intervention and prevention strategies to prevent or reduce the effects of early life stress exposure on children’s development.