Britney Benoit

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Britney Benoit

Assistant Professor
Campus Location
Camden Hall Rm 251

Dr. Benoit, PhD RN, is an Assistant Professor in the Rankin School of Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia Health Authority Health Sciences Research Chair, and Affiliated Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (St. Francis Xavier University), a Master of Science in Nursing (McGill University), and a PhD in Nursing (Dalhousie University). Dr. Benoit’s program of research uses rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods to test and translate accessible, non-invasive approaches to optimizing care of infants, children, and families during times of pain, stress, and transition.



  • Maternal and infant health
  • Breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact
  • Infant pain assessment and management
  • Perinatal and neonatal nursing 


[1] Benoit B, Martin-Misener R, Newman A, Latimer M, Campbell-Yeo M. (2019). The influence of breastfeeding on cortical and bio-behavioural indicators of procedural pain in newborns: Findings of the iCAP randomized controlled trial. (Submitted).

[2] Richardson B, Benoit B, Rutledge K, Dol J, Martin-Misener R, Latimer M, Smit M, McGrath P, Campbell- Yeo M (2019). The impact of parent-targeted eHealth educational interventions about infant procedural pain management on parental and infant outcomes: A Joanna Briggs Institute systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 17(8), 1589-1599. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-D-19-00007

[3] Campbell-Yeo M, Johnston C, Benoit B, Disher T, Caddell K, Latimer M, Vincer M, Walker CD, Streiner DL, Inglis D. (2019). Sustained efficacy of kangaroo care for repeated painful procedures over NICU admission: A randomized clinical trial (TRAKC). Pediatrics, 160(11), 2580-2588. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001646

[4] Campbell-Yeo M & Benoit B. (2018). Morphine for treatment of pain associated with retinopathy of prematurity examinations in preterm neonates. Lancet, 392(10164), 2521-2523. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32324-9

[5] Campbell-Yeo M, Dol J, Disher T, Benoit B, Chambers CT, Sheffield K, Boates T, Harrison D, Hewitt B, Jangaard K, Stinson J, Taddio A, Parker JA, Caddell K. (2017). The power of a parent’s touch: Evaluation of reach and impact of a targeted evidence-based YouTube video. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 31(4), 341-349. doi: 10.1097/JPN.000000000000026

[6] Benoit B, Martin-Misener R, Newman A, Latimer M, Campbell-Yeo M. (2017). Neurophysiological assessment of acute pain in infants: A scoping review of research methods. Acta Paediatrica, 106(7), 1053- 1066. doi: 10.1111/apa.13839

[7] Benoit B, Martin-Misener R, Latimer M, Campbell-Yeo M. (2017). Breastfeeding analgesia in infants: An update on the current state of evidence. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 31(2), 145-159. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000253

[8] Johnston C, Campbell-Yeo M, Disher T, Benoit B, Fernandes A, Zee R, Inglis D, Streiner D. (2017). Skin- to-skin care for procedural pain in neonates (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 16;2:CD008435, 1-82. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008435.pub3

[9] Disher TC, Benoit B, Inglis D, Burgess SA, Ellsmere B, Hewitt BE, Bishop TM, Sheppard CL, Jangaard KA, Morrison GC, Campbell-Yeo ML. (2017). Striving for optimum noise-decreasing strategies in critical care: Initial measurements and observations. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 31(1), 58-66. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000229

[10] Benoit B, Campbell-Yeo M, Johnston C, Latimer M, Caddell K, & Orr T. (2016). Staff nurse utilization of kangaroo care as an intervention for procedural pain in preterm infants. Advances in Neonatal Care, 16(3), 229-238. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000262

[11] Benoit B, Goldberg L, Campbell-Yeo M. (2016). Response to: "The emotional storms of breastfeeding and points to remember". Midwifery, 34(2016), 261-262. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2016.02.005

[12] Benoit B, Goldberg L, Campbell-Yeo M. (2016). Infant feeding and maternal guilt: The application of a feminist phenomenological framework to guide clinician practices in breastfeeding promotion. Midwifery, 34(2016), 58-65. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.10.011

 [13] Benoit B, Semenic S. (2014). Barriers and facilitators to implementing the baby friendly hospital initiative in neonatal intensive care units. Journal of Obstetric, Gynaecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43(5), 614-624. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12479


[1] Johnston C, Campbell-Yeo M, Benoit B, Disher T. (2018). Procedural pain management with non-pharmacologic interventions. Neonatology: A Practical Approach to Neonatal Diseases. Springer Link.


[1] Benoit B. (2019). The influence of breastfeeding on cortical activity during procedures in full term neonates: Findings of the iCAP randomized controlled trial. In symposia “Environmental, behavioral, and neurobiological mechanisms of maternal contact and touch on immediate and long-term pain reactivity and regulation” with Campbell-Yeo M, McGlone F, Brummelte S. International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Basel, Switzerland.

[2] Benoit B. (2018). The use of novel neurophysiologic methods to assess pain in non-verbal infants. In symposia “From birth to death: Novel and evidence-based multi-methods assessment of pain across the lifespan” with Birnie KA & Gagliese L. Canadian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Montreal, Quebec.

[3] Benoit B, Martin-Misener R, Newman A, Latimer M, Campbell-Yeo M. (2017). Searching for the “gold standard” of infant acute pain assessment: A scoping review of neurophysiological methods. Talk given at Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

[4] Benoit B, Campbell-Yeo M, Martin-Misener R, Newman A, Latimer M. (2016). Outcomes of untreated early pain exposure in healthy full term infants: Results of a scoping review. Council of International Neonatal Nurses National Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

[5] Benoit B, Boerner K, Chambers C, Campbell-Yeo M. (2016). The power of touch for infants: A synthesis of the scientific evidence. Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Banff, Alberta.

[6] Benoit B, Semenic S. (2015). Barriers and facilitators to implementing the baby friendly hospital initiative in neonatal intensive care units. Talk given at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Montebello, Quebec.

[7] Benoit B, Campbell-Yeo M, Johnston C, Latimer M, Caddell K, Orr T. (2014). Staff nurse adoption of kangaroo mother care as an intervention for management of procedural pain in preterm infants. Talk given at the Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing Forum, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.