Dr. Nichole Fairbrother is an assistant professor with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Island Medical Program. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2002, and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in women’s reproductive health through the Child and Family Research Institute and the UBC Department of Health Care and Epidemiology.
In addition to her position with the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Fairbrother also holds appointments with the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Department of Psychology, and the UVic Division of Medical Sciences (DMS). Via BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Dr. Fairbrother is a member of the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI).
Dr. Fairbrother’s research is in the area of reproductive mental health with an emphasis on perinatal anxiety disorders and epidemiology. Her current research projects include a large-scale study of maternal postpartum thoughts of infant-related harm and their relation to postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder (ppOCD) and maternal aggression, and a study of a new measure of fear of childbirth. She is currently in the planning stages for two randomized controlled trials of online CBT for perinatal anxiety – specific phobia, fear of childbirth, and ppOCD.