Preyde's research centres on three main themes: 1) the psychosocial impact of physical and mental illness; 2) practitioner-researcher collaboration, and 3) intervention effectiveness research.
Preyde engages in collaborative research efforts with clinicians including social workers, nurses psychiatrists and psychologists. Her research activity in children's mental health includes a focus on children and youth who have accessed residential or community mental health programs, the short- and long-term outcomes of these children and youth, their family dynamics, the continuum of care in the community, and access to social support. Dr. Preyde's research activity in mental health has included evaluation of interventions, the long-term adaptation of children and youth with serious emotional and behavioural problems, and experiences of mental illness.
One of Dr. Preyde's main research foci involves the psychosocial impacts of illness. She has completed several studies on individuals' and families' experiences of illness, their coping and adjustment, the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions designed to address problems in coping, and the mechanism of action of these interventions. Her research activity includes psychosocial intervention for parents with hospitalized infants, risk assessment and discharge planning for elderly patients, and studies in psychosocial oncology.
Her professional interests include evidence-based practice, biopsychosocial risk for vulnerable people across the lifespan, physical and mental health, and child and family well-being.