Penny Tryphonopoulos, PhD

Penny Tryphonopoulos

Assistant Professor

Room 3338, FNB
519 661-2111 x88748


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

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Perinatal mood disorders
  • Infant mental health
  • Attachment
  • Intervention development & testing

Additional Information

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • Letourneau, N., Tryphonopoulos, P. et al., (2015). Narrative and Meta-analytic review of interventions aiming to improve maternal-child attachment security. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(4), 368 – 387.
  • 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.
  • Letourneau, N., Dennis, C., Benzies, K., Duffett-Leger, L., Tryphonopoulos, P., Este, D., & Watson, W. (2012). Post-partum depression is a family affair: Addressing the impact on mothers, fathers and children. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 33(7), 445-57.
  • Letourneau, N., Tryphonopoulos, P., Duffett-Leger, L., Stewart, M., Benzies, K., Dennis, C. & Joschko, J. (2012). Support intervention needs and preferences of fathers affected by postpartum depression. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 26(1), 69-80.
  • Letourneau, N., Watson, B., Duffett-Leger, L., & Hegadoren, K., Tryphonopoulos, P. (2011). Cortisol patterns of depressed mothers and their infants are related to maternal-infant interactive behaviours. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 29(5), 439-459.
  • Letourneau, N., Dennis, C., Stewart, M., Duffett-Leger, L., Tryphonopoulos, P. (2011). Identifying the support needs of fathers affected by postpartum depression: Pilot Study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.18, 41–47.


  • 2016–2020 CIHR Project Scheme Grant ($569,552)
    • Video-Feedback Interaction Guidance for Improving Interactions Between Depressed Mothers and their Infants
    • Co-Primary Investigators: Letourneau, N., Tryphonopoulos, P.
  • 2009-2012 CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship: Doctoral Award
  • 2007-2008 SSHRC, CGS Master’s Scholarship

Teaching Areas

  • Research Methods
  • Mental Health
  • Family Nursing