Viola Polomeno

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Viola Polomeno
Associate Professor

2001 Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences University of Montreal
1981 M.Sc.(A.) Nursing McGill University
1977 B.Sc. Anatomy McGill University

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8736
Work E-mail: vpolomen@uottawa.ca

Viola Polomeno

Biography

Friends, Lovers, Parents. Known as the Love Nurse, my research and clinical interests focus on the intimacy of the parenting couple which is part of perinatal sexuality. I study the relationship between love and health, specifically between the intimacy and sexuality dimensions in the conjugal/marital relationship and perinatal outcomes. I use the interpersonal perceptual approach which involves self-perceptions and meta-perceptions. Their various combinations produce three levels of similarity: actual similarity, perceived similarity and understanding. These similarities are at the heart of intimacy, a concept that I study in depth.  I am also interested in human sexuality and health care, and in the needs of francophone parenting couples in Ontario.

I am an assistant professor at the School of Nursing and also a researcher collaborator with the Laboratory of Human Sexuality at the University of Ottawa.  My doctorate degree is in biomedical sciences from the Université de Montréal and my master’s degree in nursing is from McGill University.  I have worked as a nurse for many years in the hospital (antepartum unit, birthing unit, postpartum unit) and in community health (early childhood family programme).  In my clinical practice, I explain to couples how it is important for them to remember that they are a couple even if they are parents (www.violapolomeno.com).


 

Research Interests

  • Perinatal sexuality
  • Intimacy of the parenting couple
  • Perinatal education
  • Human sexuality and health care
  • Francophone parenting couples in Ontario
  • Intervention programmes for intergenerational and family health promotion
  • Perceptual interpersonal approach
  • Development, psychometric evaluation and translation of family research instruments

 

Publications

  • Wilkes, V. & Polomeno, V. (2010). Sexuality and Reproduction (Chapter 6). In Evans, R., Evans, M.K., Brown, Y. M. R., & Orshan, S. (Éds.) Canadian Maternity, Newborn, & Women’s    Health Nursing: Comprehensive Care Across the Lifespan (pp. 209-240). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Cahill, R., Sword, T., & & Polomeno, V. (2010). Family Formation (Chapter 7). In Evans, R., Evans, M.K., Brown, Y. M. R., & Orshan, S. (Éds.) Canadian Maternity, Newborn, Women’s Health Nursing: Comprehensive Care Across the Lifespan (pp. 241-278). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Casse, I., & Polomeno, V. (2009). L’accompagnement des pères par les infirmières lors de la naissance d’un premier enfant.Soins Pédiatrie-Puériculture, 247 (avril), 38-44.
  • Polomeno, V. (2008). Divorce prevention and perinatal education. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 23(4), 21-25.
  • Polomeno, V. (2007). Marriage, parenthood, and divorce: Understanding the past as we move into the future. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 22(3), 13-19.
  • Polomeno, V. (2007f). Marriage in the transition to parenthood: How can perinatal education help? Or can it? International Journal of Childbirth Education, 22(3), 21-29.
  • Polomeno, V. (2007). Content or relationship? What is more important for perinatal education? International Journal of Childbirth Education, 22(2), 4-11.
  • Polomeno, V. (2006). Why is love so important in childbirth education? International Journal of Childbirth Education, 21(1), 35-44.
  • Goulet, C., Polomeno, V., Laizner, A.M., Marcil, I. & Lang, A. (2003). The Development and Validation of a French-version of the Brown's Support Behaviors Inventory. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 25(5), 561-582.
  • Goulet, C., Polomeno, V., Laizner, A.M., Marcil, I. & Lang, A. (2003). Response by Goulet, Polomeno, Laizner, Marcil and Lang. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 25(5), 587-592.
  • Goulet, C., Gévry, H., Lemay, M., Gauthier, R.J., Lepage, L., Fraser, W., & Polomeno, V. (2001). A randomized clinical trial of care for women with preterm labour: home management versus hospital management. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 164(7), 985-991.
  • Polomeno, V. (2000). Sex and pregnancy: A perinatal educator's guide. Journal of Perinatal Education, 9(4), 25-34.
  • Polomeno, V. (2000). Evaluation of a pilot project: preparenthood and pregrandparenthood education. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 9(2), 27-38.
  • Polomeno, V. (2000). The Polomeno Family Intervention Framework for Perinatal Education: Preparing Couples for the Transition to Parenthood. Journal of Perinatal Education, 9(1),31-48.
  • Goulet, C., Gévry, H., Gauthier, R., Aita, M., Lepage, L., & Polomeno, V. (1999). Essai randomisé de deux modes de prestation des soins lors de travail prématuré. Recherche en soins infirmiers (France), 59, 45-56.
  • Polomeno, V. (1999). Sex and babies: Pregnant couples' postnatal sexual concerns. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 8(4), 9-18.
  • Polomeno, V. (1999). Perinatal education and grandparents: Creating an interdependent family environment, Part II: The pilot study. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 8(3), 1-11.
  • Polomeno, V. (1999). Perinatal education and grandparents: Creating an interdependent family environment, Part I: Documenting the need. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 8(2), 28-38.
  • Polomeno, V. (1999). Sex and breastfeeding: An educational perspective. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 8(1), 30-42.
  • Polomeno, V. (1999). Family health promotion from the couple's perspective, Part II: Practical considerations. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 14(2), 31-35.
  • Polomeno, V. (1999). Family health promotion from the couple's perspective, Part I: Documenting the need. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 14(1), 8-12.
  • Goulet, C., Bell, L., St. Cyr Tribble, D., Paul, D., Polomeno, V., Lang, A. (1998). A qualitative analysis of parent-infant attachment process. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 28(5), 1071-1081.
  • Polomeno, V. (1998). Creating family intimacy through fetal touch. Part II. Practical considerations. The International Journal of Childbirth Education, 13(1), 20-26.
  • Polomeno, V. (1998). Health promotion for expectant fathers. Part II. Practical considerations. Journal of Perinatal Education, 7(2), 27-36.
  • Polomeno, V. (1998). Health promotion for expectant fathers. Part I. Documenting the need. Journal of Perinatal Education, 7(1), 1-8.
  • Polomeno, V. (1998). Labor and birth: Supporting a couple's intimacy. Part I. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 13(2), 18-24.
  • Polomeno, V. (1998). Labor and birth: Supporting a couple's intimacy. Part II. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 13(3), 16-20.
  • Polomeno, V.(1997). Creating Family Intimacy through Fetal Touch. Part I. Theoretical Considerations. The International Journal of Childbirth, 12(4), 10-14.
  • Polomeno, V. (1997). High-Risk Pregnancy: Teaching Activities and Strategies. International Journal of Childbirth, 12(3), 14-17
  • Polomeno, V. (1997). Do You Want to Know? A Brief Historical Overview of High-Risk Pregnancy. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 12 (3), 4-7.
  • Polomeno, V. (1997). Intimacy and Pregnancy: Perinatal Teaching Strategies and Activities. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 12(2), 32-37.
  • Polomeno, V. (1996). Sexual Intercourse after the Birth of a Baby. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 11(4), 12-15.

 

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