Frances E. Aboud

Academic title(s): 

Professor Emerita


Contact Information:


Office: 2001 McGill College, 1438
Phone: 514.398.6099
Email:  frances.aboud[at]


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 7th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1



Research Areas:

Developmental Science | Social & Personality | Health Psychology

Research Summary:

Professor Aboud conducts research on parenting and preschool programs in low- and middle-income countries. She also works with local and international organizations to promote the Nurturing Care agenda for early child development.

PDF icon Zanzibar workshop on improving pre-primary quality, part 1.

PDF icon Zanzibar workshop on improving pre-primary quality, part 2


Selected References:

Proulx, K. & Aboud, F. E. (2019). Disaster risk reduction in early childhood education: Effects on preschool quality and child outcomes. International Journal of Educational Development, 66,1-7.

Aboud, F.E., & Prado, E.L. (2018). Measuring the implementation of early childhood development programs. Annals of the New York Academy of Science,1419, 249-263.

Yousafzai, A.K., Aboud, F.E., Nores, M., & Kaur, R. (2018). Reporting guidelines for implementation research on nurturing care interventions designed to promote early childhood development. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1419, 26-37.

Aboud, F.E., Yousafzai, A.K., & Nores, M. (2018). State of the science on implementation research in early child development and future directions. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1419, 264-271.

Bougma, K., Aboud, F.E., Lemma, T.M., Frongillo, E.A., & Marquis, G.S. (2018). Introduction of iodised salt benefits infants’ mental development in a community-based cluster-randomised effectiveness trial in Ethiopia. British Journal of Nutrition, 119, 801-809.

Brown, C.S., Tam, M., & Aboud, F. E. (2018). Ethnic prejudice in young children in Indonesia: Intervention attempts using multicultural friendship stories. International Journal of Early Childhood, 50, 67-84.

Aboud, F.E., Rahman, E., Kassam, R., Khan, J., Ali, N.A, & Taleb, F. (2017). Interrupting pathways to sepsis: Effectiveness of an intervention to reduce delays in timely care for sick children in rural Bangladesh. Social Science & Medicine, 177, 269-277. doi10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.01.032

Johnson, P.J. & Aboud, F. E. (2017). Evaluation of an intervention using cross-race friend storybooks to reduce prejudice among majority race young children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 40, 110-122.

Aboud, F.E., Bougma, K., Lemma, T., & Marquis, G.S. (2017). Evaluation of the effects of iodized salt on the mental development of preschool-aged children: A cluster randomized trial in northern Ethiopia. Maternal and Child Nutrition,13,e12322. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12322.

Aboud, F. E., Proulx, K., & Asrilla, Z. (2016). An impact evaluation of Plan Indonesia's early childhood program. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107(4-5), e366–e372. doi: 10.17269/CJPH.107.5557

Aboud, F. E. & Yousafzai, A.K. (2015). Global health and development in early childhood. Annual Review of Psychology, 66.

Yousafzai, A., K., & Aboud, F. E. (2014). Review of implementation processes for integrated nutrition and psychosocial stimulation interventions. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1308, 33-45.

Aboud, F. E., Tredoux, C., Tropp, L.R., Brown, C.S., Niens, U., & Noor, N.M. (2012). Interventions to reduce prejudice and enhance inclusion and respect for ethnic differences in early childhood: A systematic review. Developmental Review, 32, 307–336.

Aboud, F.E., Huq, N.L., Larson, C.P., & Ottisova, L. (2010). An assessment of community readiness for HIV/AIDS preventive interventions in rural Bangladesh. Social Science and Medicine, 70, 360-367.

Kramer, M.S., Mattush, L., Bogdanovich, N., Aboud, F. Mazer, B., Fombonne, E. et al. (2009). Health and development outcomes in 6.5-y-old children brestfed exclusively for 3 or 6 mo. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 1070-1074.

Aboud, F.E., Shafique, S, & Akhter S (2009). A responsive feeding intervention increases children's self-feeding and maternal responsiveness but not weight gain. Journal of Nutrition, 139, 1-6.

Opel, A, Ameer S, & Aboud, F.E. (2009). The effect of preschool dialogic reading on vocabulary among rural Bangladeshi children. International J of Educational Research, 48, 12-20.