Deshayne Fell* PhD MSc BSc (she/her)


Deshayne Fell* PhD MSc BSc (she/her)
Associate Professor

Room: CHEO Research Institute, Centre for Practice-Changing Research Building, Room L-1154, 401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L1
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Deshayne Fell


Dr. Deshayne Fell is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, a Scientist in the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES. She earned her BSc in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, MSc in Epidemiology from Dalhousie University, and PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University. Dr. Fell has worked in perinatal research, epidemiology, and surveillance in both academic and public health settings. She has extensive experience with the provincial birth registry in Ontario (BORN Ontario) and with using large health administrative datasets (e.g., ICES data holdings) for perinatal and pediatric epidemiologic research. Dr. Fell’s research focuses on fetal and infant population health and she has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Her primary emphasis is on infection and immunization during pregnancy and the relationship with health outcomes in mothers and babies, and she currently has funded studies on influenza, pertussis, Group B streptococcus and COVID-19. Since 2014, Dr. Fell has been a member of two World Health Organization working groups related to immunization during pregnancy.

Fields of Interest

  • Maternal and child health research and public health surveillance
  • Short- and long-term outcomes of infants relative to perinatal exposures
  • Safety and effectiveness of maternal immunization
  • Infectious disease during pregnancy and fetal and infant outcomes
  • Infant mortality
  • Using large health administrative databases for pediatric and perinatal research
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