University of Calgary

Nicole Racine

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Nicole Racine is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Calgary in the Department of Psychology. Her program of research focuses on understanding maternal, familial, and environmental factors that influence early socioemotional development in children. In particular, her fellowship is focusing on the transmission of maternal childhood adversity and maternal stress in the pre- and postpartum periods on mental health and school readiness in early childhood. She has a strong clinical and research interest in infant mental health as well as parent-child interactions and is passionate about partnering with community organizations. Nicole completed her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University in Toronto and her residency in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Her fellowship is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.



2015 – 2016: Pre-doctoral Residency in Pediatric and Child Psychology, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB

2011 – 2016: Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Developmental Psychology), York University, Toronto, ON

2009 – 2011: Master of Arts (Clinical Developmental Psychology), York University, Toronto, ON 

2004 – 2008: Bachelor of Science (Specialized Honours in Psychology), York University, Toronto, ON 


1.     Racine, N., Madigan*, S., Plamondon*, A., Hetherington, E., McDonald, S., & Tough, S. (in press). Maternal adverse childhood experiences and antepartum risks: The moderating role of social support. Archives of Women's Mental Health. *Equal authorship contribution.

2.     Racine, N., Plamondon*, A., Madigan*, S., McDonald, S., & Tough, S. (2018). Maternal adverse childhood experiences and infant development. Pediatrics. *Equal authorship contribution.

3.     Racine, N., Madigan, S.*, Plamondon, A.*, MacDonald, S., & Tough, S. (2018). Differential Associations of Adverse Childhood Experience on Maternal Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. *Equal Author Contribution. 

4.     Racine, N., Gennis, H., Pillai Riddell, R., Greenberg, S., Garfield, H. (2018). Distress responses in a routine vaccination context: Relationships to early childhood mental health. Children.

5.     Racine, N., Lafay-Cousin, L., Schulte, F. (2018). Patient-reported outcomes in psychological treatment for an adolescent oncology patient: A case report. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

6.     Racine, N., Khu, M., Reynolds, K., Guilcher, G., Schulte, F. (2018). Predicting health-related quality of life in pediatric cancer survivors: Contributions of parental psychological distress and family psychosocial risk. Current Oncology, 25(1),41-48.  

7.     Racine, N., Smith, A., Pelletier, W., Scott-Lane, L., Schulte, F. (2017). Evaluation of a support group for parents of children hospitalized for cancer and hematopoeietic stem cell transplantation. Social Work with Groups.

8.     Racine, N., Pillai Riddell, R., Flora, D., Taddio, A., Garfield, H., Greenberg, S. (2016). Predicting preschool pain-related anticipatory distress: The relative contribution of longitudinal and concurrent factors. Pain, 157(9), 1918-1932.

9.     Racine, N., Pillai Riddell, R., Khan, M., Calic, M., Taddio, A. & Tablon, P. (2016). Systematic review: Predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating, and present factors predicting anticipatory distress to painful medical procedures in children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(2):159-181.

10.     Pillai Riddell, R., Gennis, H., Taddio, A. & Racine, N.M. (2016). Are parents really that important to managing vaccination pain during infancy? Pain Management,6(1), 13-17.

11.     Atkinson, N., Gennis, H., Racine, N. & Pillai Riddell, R. (2015). Caregiver emotional availability, caregiver soothing behaviours, and infant pain during infant immunization. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(10): 1105-1114.

12.  Pillai Riddell, R., Racine, N.M., Gennis, H., Turcotte, K., Uman, L., Horton, R., Ahola Kohut, S., Hillgrove Stuart, J., Stevens, B.J., & Lisi, D. (2015). Non-pharmacological management of infant and young child procedural pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, Art. No.: CD006275. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006275.pub3

13.  McMurtry, C.M., Pillai Riddell, R., Taddio, A., Racine, N., Asmundson G.J.G., Noel M., Chambers, C.T., Shah, V., HELPinKids & Adults Team. (2015). Far from “just a poke”: common painful needle procedures and the development of needle fear. Clinical Journal of Pain, 31, S3-S11.

14.  Espinet, S.D., Jeong, J.J., Motz, M., Racine, N., Major, D. & Pepler, D.J. (2013). Multimodal assessment of the mother-child relationship in a substance-exposed sample: Divergent associations with the emotional availability scale. Infant Mental Health Journal,34(6), 496-507.

15.  Stevens, S.A., Racine, N., Pillai Riddell, R., Horton, R., Garfield, H. & Greenberg, S. (2013). Infant pain-regulation as an early predictor of childhood temperament. Pain Research and Management, 18(6), 313-318.

16.  Till, C., Racine, N., Araujo, D., Narayanan, S., Arnold, D.L. & Banwell, B. (2013). Changes in cognitive performance over a one-year period in children and adolescents with multiple sclerosis. Neuropsychology, 27, 210-9.

17.  Racine, N., Pillai Riddell, R., Flora, D., Garfield, H., & Greenberg, S. (2012). A longitudinal examination of verbal reassurance during infant immunization: Occurrence and examination of emotional availability as a potential moderator. Journal of Pediatric Psychology,37, 935-944.

18.  Pillai Riddell, R., Campbell, L., Flora, D., Racine, N., Din Osmun, L, Garfield, H., & Greenberg, S. (2011). The relationship between caregiver sensitivity and infant pain behaviors across the first year of life. Pain, 152(12), 2819-2826.

19.  Motz. M., Espinet, S.D., Jeong, J.J., Major, D., Racine, N., Chamberlin. J., & Pepler, D.J. (2011). The role of the mother-child relationship in developmental outcomes of infants and young children with and without prenatal alcohol exposure. Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology, 18(3), e544-563.

20.  Pillai Riddell, R., Racine, N., Turcotte, K., Uman, L., Horton, R., Din Osmun, L., Ahola Kohut, S., Hillgrove-Stuart, J., Stevens, B., & Lisi, D. (2011). Non-pharmacological management of procedural pain in infants and young children: An abridged Cochrane Review. Pain Research and Management, 16(5),321-330.

21.  Pillai Riddell, R., Racine, N.M., Turcotte, K., Uman, L., Horton, R., Din Osmun, L., Ahola Kohut, S., Hillgrove Stuart, J., Stevens, B, & Gerwitz Stein, A. (2011). Non-pharmacological management of infant and young child procedural pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 10, Art. No.: CD006275. Also reprinted in Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal 7(6), 1905-2121.

22.  Pillai Riddell, R.R., & Racine, N.M. (2009). Assessing pain in infancy: The caregiver context. Pain Research and Management, 14(1), 27-32.

23.  Racine, N.M., Motz, M.H., Leslie, M., & Pepler, D.J. (2009). Improving maternal-child health through engagement of substance-using pregnant women in a pregnancy outreach program. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 11(1), 279-290.


  • PhD York University - Clinical Developmental Psychology
    York University, 2016
  • MA - Clinical Developmental Psychology
    York University, 2011
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