Marie Tarrant

Dean Pro Tem

School of Nursing
Other Titles: Professor
Office: ARTS 340
Phone: 250-807-9297

Graduate student supervisor

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Research Summary

Maternal and Child Health; Breastfeeding; Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative; Maternal and Childhood Vaccine Uptake; Influenza Vaccine

Courses & Teaching

Public Health Nursing, Epidemiology, Doctoral Seminar.


Dr. Marie Tarrant is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in rural and remote areas of Canada as a community and public health nurse. Dr. Tarrant’s research is in maternal and child health, with a focus on breastfeeding, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and maternal and childhood vaccinations. Study methodologies include large longitudinal cohort studies, population-based cross-sectional studies, and randomized controlled trials. The goal of Dr. Tarrant’s research is to improve maternal and child health outcomes, inform public health policies and transform perinatal healthcare services. Dr. Tarrant has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications that appear in high-impact maternal and child health and public health journals.

Dr. Tarrant is the lead investigator at the UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing Maternal and Child Health Lab and is a frequently cited UBC expert on maternal and child health, breastfeeding, influenza vaccine in pregnancy, and childhood vaccinations. In addition to her maternal and child health research, Dr. Tarrant has been the Director of the School of Nursing since 2016. Prior to coming to UBC, she worked in the School of Nursing at the University of Hong Kong for 18 years.


Google Scholar Profile

Click here for a list of publications indexed in PubMed:   pubmed-240x115



PhD, Edith Cowan University
MPH, Johns Hopkins University
MN, University of Manitoba
BN, University of Lethbridge

Research Interests & Projects

Vaccine hesitancy in BC: Understanding COVID-19 vaccine perceptions during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and parenthood (funded by Genome BC, the MSFHR, and the BCCDC Foundation).

A systems change project to improve breastfeeding (funded by the Vancouver Foundation)

Assessing attitudes, barriers, and opportunities for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination (HPVV) to inform, develop, implement, and evaluate a culturally appropriate program for increasing utilization and addressing vaccination hesitancy in Arctic Canadian Indigenous communities (funded by CIHR).

The effect of feeding methods on intestinal microbiota of healthy Chinese infants (funded by Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Hong Kong SAR).

Selected Publications & Presentations

(Post-graduate students/research trainees underlined, *indicates senior and/or corresponding author)

Wong, Y. H. J., Zhang, W., Wu, Y., Choi, P. H. E., Lo, H. M. H., Wong, W., Chio, H. M. J., Tam, H. L. C., Ngai, F. W., Tarrant, M., Wang, M. P., Ngan, Y. S. H., Fong, D. Y. T. (2021). An interactive Web-based Sexual Health Literacy Programme for Safe Sex Practice in Female Chinese University Students: A Multicentre, Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(3), e22564.

Fan, H. S. L., Fong, D. Y. T., Lok, K. Y. W., & Tarrant, M. (2020). Expressed breast milk feeding practices in Hong Kong Chinese women: a descriptive study. Midwifery, 91, 102835.

Tarrant, M., Chooniedass, R., Fan, H. S. L., Del Buono, K., & Masina, S. (2020). Breastfeeding and postpartum glucose regulation among women with prior gestational diabetes: A systematic review. Journal of Human Lactation, 36(4), 723-738.

Fan, H. S. L., Wong, Y. H. J., Fong, D. Y. T., Lok, K. Y. W., & Tarrant, M.* (2020). Association between intrapartum factors and the time to breastfeeding initiation. Breastfeeding Medicine 15(6), 394-400.

Lok, K. Y. W., Chow, C. L. Y., Fan, H. S. L., Chan, V. H. S., & Tarrant, M. (2020). Exposure to Baby-Friendly hospital practices and mothers’ achievement of their planned duration of breastfeeding. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 20:261

Ngai, F. W., Wong, P. W. C., Chung, K. F., Leung, K. Y., Kwok, Y., & Tarrant, M. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of telephone-based cognitive-behavioral therapy on parenting self-efficacy and satisfaction. Translational Behavioral Medicine9(6), 1163-1168.

Hoover, C. M., Tarrant, M., Dodgson, J. E., Eden, A. R. (2019). The Journal of Human Lactation: A historical analysis. Journal of Human Lactation35(4), 750-758.

Fan, H. S. L., Wong, Y. H. J., Fong, D. Y. T., Lok, K. Y. W., & Tarrant, M.* (2019). Association between early‐term birth and breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity: a systematic review. Birth, 46, 24-34.

Fan, H. S. L., Wong, Y. H. J., Fong, D. Y. T., Lok, K. Y. W., & Tarrant, M.* (2019). Breastfeeding outcomes among early-term and full-term infants. Midwifery, 71, 71-76.

Yeung, K. H. T.Tarrant, M., Chan, C. C., Tam, W. H., & Nelson, E. A. S. (2018). Increasing influenza vaccine uptake in children: a randomised controlled trial. Vaccine36, 5524–5535.

Lok, K. Y. W., Wang, M. P., Chan, V. H. S., & Tarrant, M.* (2018). The effect of secondary cigarette smoke from household members on breastfeeding duration: A prospective cohort study. Breastfeeding Medicine13(6), 412-417.

Lau, Y. K. C., Lok, K. Y. W., & Tarrant, M. (2018). Breastfeeding duration and the Theory of Planned Behavior and Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Framework: a systematic review of observational studies. Maternal and Child Health, 22(3), 327-342.

Lok, K. Y. W., Bai, D. L., Chan, N. P. T., Wong, J. Y. H., & Tarrant, M.* (2018). The impact of immigration on the breastfeeding practices of Mainland Chinese immigrants in Hong Kong. Birth, 45(1), 94-102.

Chan, N. P. T., Tarrant, M., Ngan, E., So, H. K., Lok, K. L., Nelson, E. A. (2018). Agreement between self-/home-measured and assessor-measured waist circumference at three sites in adolescents/children. PLoS One, 13(3): e0193355.

Lok, K. Y. W., Bai, D. L., & Tarrant, M.* (2017). The relationship between infant feeding preferences of family members and intention to exclusively breastfeed among Chinese mothers. Midwifery53, 49-54.

Lok, K. Y. W., Chau, P. H., Sze, L. F. H., Chan, K. M., Chan, B. H., Fung, P. C. G., & Tarrant, M. (2017). Growth in low birth weight and very low birth weight infants fed fortified breast milk versus formula milk: a retrospective cohort study. Nutrients, 9, 520.

Bai, D. L., Fong, D. Y. T., Lok, K. Y. W., Wong, J. Y. H., & Tarrant, M. (2017). Practices, predictors and consequences of breast milk expression in mothers of full-term healthy infants. Public Health Nutrition, 20(3), 492-503.

Lau, Y. K. C., Fong, D. Y. T., Sing, C., Ng, J., Choi, A. Y. Y., & Tarrant, M. (2017). Development and validation of the Breastfeeding Self-Regulation Questionnaire (BRSQ). Midwifery, 44, 24-34.

Wong, W. Y. V., Fong, D. Y. T., Lok, K. Y. W., Wong, J. Y. H., Sing, C., Choi, A. Y. Y., Yuen, C. Y. S., & Tarrant, M.* (2016). Brief education to increase uptake of influenza vaccine among pregnant women: A randomized controlled trial. Vaccine, 34(44), 5243-5250.

Bai, D. L., Fong, D. Y. T., Lok, K. Y. W., & Tarrant, M.* (2016). The relationship between the breastfeeding preferences of Chinese mothers’ immediate social network and early breastfeeding cessation. Journal of Human Lactation, 32, 301-308.

Tarrant, M., Lok, K. Y. W., Fong, D. Y. T., Wu, K. M., Lee, L. Y. I., Sham, A., Lam, C., Bai, D. L., Wong, H. K. L., Wong, E. M. Y., Chan, N. P. T., & Dodgson, J. E. (2016).  Effect on Baby-Friendly hospital steps when hospitals implement a policy to pay for infant formula. Journal of Human Lactation32, 238-249.

Yuen, C. Y. S., Dodgson, J. E., & Tarrant, M.* (2016). Perceptions of Chinese pregnant women toward influenza vaccination during pregnancy. Vaccine34(1), 33-40.

Wong, W. Y. V., Lok, K. Y. W., & Tarrant, M.* (2016). Interventions to increase the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination among pregnant women: A systematic review. Vaccine34(1), 20-32.


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