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Nichole Fairbrother

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Family Practice

University of British Columbia

Dr. Nichole Fairbrother is a registered psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor with the UBC Department of Family Practice and the Island Medical Program. She a perinatal mental health investigator and head of the UBC Perinatal Anxiety Disorder Research Lab (PARLab). Dr. Fairbrother’s research is in the area of perinatal anxiety disorders and epidemiology, with a focus on new mothers’ thoughts of infant-related harm and perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Current research activities include a large-scale study of maternal thoughts of infant-related harm and their relation to postpartum OCD and child harm, and several inter-connected studies of fear of childbirth. She is currently in the planning stages for a study of perinatal anxiety disorder screening and two randomized controlled trials of online CBT for fear of childbirth, and postpartum OCD.


Area of Research Expertise
OCD; intrusive thoughts; postpartum; pregnancy; perinatal; fear of childbirth; anxiety; prevalence