Panagiota (“Penny”) Tryphonopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 2308, FNB
519 661-2111 x88748
ORCID: 0000-0002-2040-119X


  • PhD (New Brunswick)
  • BN (New Brunswick)

Graduate Program Supervision

Research In Profile

Professor Tryphonopoulos’ research program focuses on maternal mental health and examines how parent-child relationships are affected by “toxic stressors” (e.g., perinatal mood disorders, violence exposure, and substance abuse), which are known to affect children’s development negatively. She is committed to developing and testing strengths-based parenting interventions (using video-feedback as well as other modalities) that support vulnerable families with a view to promote developmental outcomes for infants and children.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Duffett-Leger, L., Tryphonopoulos, P., Mackay, L., Beck, A. M. Y., Moshirpour, M., Poelzer, K., Letourneau, N. (2022). User-Engaged Design in the Adaptation of VID-KIDS Home Visiting Program for Virtual Delivery in the Context of COVID-19. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 18(1), 49–72.
  • Tryphonopoulos, P., & Letourneau, N. (2020). Promising Results from a Video-feedback Interaction Guidance Intervention for Improving Maternal-Infant Interaction Quality of Depressed Mothers: A Feasibility Pilot Study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 52(2), 74–87.
  • Letourneau, N., Tryphonopoulos, P., Giesbrecht, G., Hart, M., Oxford, M. (2018). Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training Parent-Child Interaction Scales: Data from Canadian Normative and High-Risk Samples. Journal of Pediatric Nursing (40), 47 – 57.
  • Tryphonopoulos, P., Letourneau, N., DiTommaso, E. (2016). Caregiver-Infant Interaction Quality: A Review of Dyadic Assessment Tools. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 39(2), 107 – 138.
  • Tryphonopoulos, P., Letourneau, N. (2015). Challenges and Opportunities in Recruitment of Depressed Mothers: Lessons Learned from Three Exemplar Studies. Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3(1), 1022-1033.
  • Tryphonopoulos, P., Letourneau, N., DiTommaso, E (2014). Attachment and Caregiver-Infant Interaction: A Review of Observational Assessment Tools. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Vol. 35(6), 642–656.
  • Tryphonopoulos, P., Letourneau, N., Azar, R. (2014). Approaches to Salivary Cortisol Collection and Analysis in Infants. Biological Research in Nursing, 16(4), 398-408.x

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Duffett-Leger, L., Tryphonopoulos, P., Letourneau, N. (2020 – 2022). ATTACH™ & VID-KIDS: Rapid User-Informed Web and Mobile Interface Development, Adaptation, and Pilot Testing to Support Children's Mental Health and Development. CIHR Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery ($199, 440)
  • Mantler, T. M., Jackson, K. T., Tryphonopoulos, P. (2020-2022). Understanding the factors that shape resilience in rural Canadian women who have experienced intimate partner violence. SSHRC ($28,994)
  • Jackson, K. T., Mantler, T., & Tryphonopoulos, P. (2021-2022). Exploring the impact of IPV on maternal decision-making. Children’s Research Health Institute ($10,000)
  • Tryphonopoulos, P., Orchard, C. Pilot testing of online interprofessional conflict resolution training on interprofessional collaborative practice. Western Internal, SSHRC Explore Grant ($6,856)
  • Tryphonopoulos, P., Letourneau, N. (2016 – 2020). Video-Feedback Interaction Guidance for Improving Interactions Between Depressed Mothers and their Infants. CIHR Project Scheme Grant ($569,552)

Graduate Student Projects

The effect of interprofessional conflict resolution on IP collaborative practice among health care provider teams in hospitals.

  • Ugirase, Sibylle (2022). PhD, Graduate Studies in Nursing, Western University.

The meaning of caring in psychiatric nursing: Exploring nurses' perspectives.

  • Whitehurst, Jennifer (2021). Master of Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University.

Experiences of mental health registered nurses from Ontario: Perspectives on preparation for practice.

  • Endeman, Tara (2021). Master of Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University.

Exploring nurses' experiences and perspectives with patient death due to drug overdose: Implications for future practice.

  • Dahise, Stacy (2021). Master of Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University.

Exploring the experiences of advanced practice psychiatric nurses: Implications for developing a psychiatric nurse practitioner role.

  • Jackson, John (2018). Master of Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, Master of Psychiatric Nursing Program, Brandon University, Manitoba


  • 2009-2012 CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship: Doctoral Award
  • 2007-2008 SSHRC, CGS Master’s Scholarship