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Dr. Tough is a Professor with the Departments of Paediatrics and Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and holds adjunct appointments at with the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba. She is also the Scientific Director of the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, an organization whose vision is to improve child, family and community well-being through applied research. Dr. Tough’s research program seeks to improve the health and well-being of women during pregnancy to achieve optimal maternal, birth and early childhood outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Tough has research interests in the area of maternal and child health, preconception and prenatal care, low birth weight and preterm birth, delayed childbearing, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The underlying aim of Dr. Tough’s research program is to create evidence that informs the development of community and clinical programs and influences policy to optimize birth and childhood outcomes. She is a co-leader of an interdisciplinary research team (Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes) funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.
Maternal and Child Health