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Dr. Nancy Frasure-Smith

Dr. Nancy Frasure-Smith

Professor (part-time)
Ingram School of Nursing

nancy [dot] frasure-smith [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Nancy Frasure-Smith received a PhD in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University and completed an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology at McGill University. In addition to her role as Part-time Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing, she is Professor of Psychiatry at McGill, Senior Research Associate at the Montreal Heart Institute, and Researcher at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). She is a Past President of the American Psychosomatic Society.

Dr. Frasure-Smith and her colleague Dr.François Lespérance are known internationally for their work bringing depression to the forefront of research in behavioral cardiology. They are examining the importance of depression and other psychological and social factors in the development and prognosis of cardiovascular disease, studying the physiological and behavioral links between depression and cardiovascular disease, and developing and evaluating interventions to change the impact of the depression and other psychological factors in cardiac patients. They recently carried out a multi-site, randomized trial of Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Citalopram in patients with stable coronary artery disease that was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and have just finished conducting a trial of omega-3 fatty acid for depression.

Dr. Frasure-Smith is also a consultant on a South African study of genetic and environmental factors in hypertension and on an NHLBI (US) pilot study of depression treatment for cardiac patients. Recent publications have appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry, JAMA, American Journal of Psychiatry, and Biological Psychiatry.

Areas of interest

  • psychosocial aspects of cardiovascular disease (in particular depression)
  • spouse adjustment in couples with cardiovascular disease
  • treatment of depression and other psychosocial risks in cardiac patients
  • pathophysiology of depression in cardiovascular disease

To view Dr. Frasure-Smith's publications, visit the Ingram School of Nursing's Research/Publications page.