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We have recruited scientists with a high level of proficiency in their field. The sum of their scientific activities and the excellence of their published works clearly demonstrate the quality of their work. We are seeking professionals who value a populational approach over entirely clinical or fundamental approaches.
Axis 1. Promote and Prevent  l  Axis 2. Treat and Support  l  Axis 3. Observe and Evaluate

Axis 1. Promote and Prevent

Guy Beauchamp, Ph.D.

Biography: Guy Beauchamp is a professor in the department of Psychoéducation et de psychologie at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, where he teaches psychopharmacology, research methodology and statistics. His work focuses on the life trajectories of people living with mental health issues related to suicidal tendencies, and is based on psychological autopsies. By using a mixed-growth model for longitudinal data, he identifies groups with distinct trajectories and establishes by path analysis the related risk factors. Guy Beauchamp is also involved in a campaign for mental health promotion and prevention. Dr. Beauchamp uses his research to measure mental health literacy in post-secondary-level students.


Interests: The life trajectories of people with suicidal tendencies or mental health issues, post-secondary school achievement and psychological factors, promotion and prevention related to mental health, statistical analyses with latent variables and longitudinal data.


Main Affiliation: Université du Québec en Outaouais


Phone: 819-595-3900, ext. 2208




Claire Beaumont, Ph.D.

Biography: Ms. Claire Beaumont was a school psychologist for twenty years. She is now Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at Université Laval, Researcher for CRIRES, and General Secretary for the International Observatory of Violence in School. She has authored nearly a hundred scientific and professional articles, and has given nearly the same number of conferences or workshops on topics related to her expertise. She has held the Université Laval Research Chair on School Security and Violence in Schools since 2012, and heads the SEVEQ research group, which aims to obtain a clear portrait of violence in Quebec schools.


Interests: Intervention and violence prevention in schools; students with behavioural problems, cooperation and peer helping in school; school staff training; measuring school violence. (Axes 1, 2, and 3)


Main Affiliation: Research Chair on School Security and Violence in Schools, Université Laval


Phone: 418-656-2131, ext. 4178




Nancy Beauregard, Ph.D.

Biography: Nancy Beauregard, has a Ph.D. in Population Health at the University of Ottawa and is an assistant professor at the École de relations industrielles at the Université de Montréal. She is also a researcher at the Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM), and works within the Research Team on Work and Mental Health (ERTSM) and the Group for the Analysis of Psychosocial Health. Beauregard's interests focus on the influence of the organizational context, particularly organizational learning, and on health and safety in the workplace. The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) funds her research on industries and occupations at risk in terms of health and safety.


Interests: Health and safety at work, mental health in the workplace, population health, organizational learning, methodology.


Main Affiliation: École de relations industrielles, Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-6111, ext. 2484




Sylvana Côté, Ph.D.

Biography: Sylvana Côté has a doctorate in psychology from the Université de Montréal and is an associate professor at the Département de médecine sociale et préventive, also at the Université de Montréal. Her work examines developmental psychopathology and the epidemiology of mental health throughout life. She is also involved in a research program, which focuses on the study of intergenerational transmission of risk factors for mental health problems and effective prevention of these problems using perinatal and early childhood services. This research program centres on two areas of research (etiology and prevention) as well as on knowledge transfer.


Interests: psychosocial determinants of mental health and childhood school readiness, history of antisocial behaviour or mood disorders, early childhood services, international health.


Main Affiliation: Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-6963




Marthe Deschesnes, Ph.D.

Biography: Marthe Deschesnes is a researcher at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec and clinical associate professor in the Département de médecine sociale et préventive at the Université de Montréal. She heads the research group on holistic approaches to promoting school-based health. Her current research focuses on the dissemination of the Approche école en santé (Healthy Schools program) in schools across Quebec, with special interest for the organizational capacity required to implement this type of health promotion approach in schools located in privileged and underprivileged areas.


Interests: social epidemiology, mental and psychosocial health of school-aged children, dissemination of holistic health promotion approaches in schools, reinforcing the organizational capacity required to promote health and intersectoral collaboration.


Main Affiliation: Institut national de santé publique du Québec


Phone: 418-650-5115, ext. 5540




Francine Ducharme, Ph.D.

Biography: Francine Ducharme completed postdoctoral training in mental health. She holds the Desjardins Research Chair in Nursing Care for Seniors and Their Families from the Université de Montréal and is a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research interests have focused on the mental health of caregivers for over 20 years.


Interests: Mental health of family members caring for seniors who have lost their autonomy; development and evaluation of psychoeducational interventions for family caregivers, stress management for family caregivers


Main Affiliation: Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal research centre


Phone: 514-340-2800, ext. 4772




Lise Gauvin, Ph.D.

Biography: Lise Gauvin is a professor in the Département de médecine sociale et préventive at the Université de Montréal, researcher at the CHUM Research Centre, and researcher at the Léa-Roback research centre on social inequalities of health in Montréal. She holds a CIHR/CRPO Applied Public Health Chair on Neighbourhoods, Lifestyles and Healthy Body Weight. Her work draws upon an ecological approach to public health. She participates in many research projects on the socio-environmental determinants of regular physical activity, interventions to promote regular physical activity at the population level and the social determinants of abnormal dietary habits.


Interests: Physical activity, eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia nervosa), development of measures of built and psychosocial environments on living environments, multilevel analysis, health psychology, health promotion in populations, health inequalities.


Main Affiliation: Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-6087




Alain Marchand, Ph.D.

Biography: Alain Marchand holds a Ph. D. in Sociology. He is an Associate Professor at the École de relations industrielles at the Université de Montréal, Research Fellow junior-2 Research Fund of Quebec Health and researcher at the Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM). He directs the Research Team on Work and Mental Health (ERTSM) and the major thematic grouping "Social Determinants of Health" at IRSPUM. His research funded by CIHR and FRSQ address intervention and analysis of the role of the profession and pathogenic conditions of the organization of work on the occurrence of mental health problems, abuse of alcohol and consumption of psychotropic drugs.


Interests: Health, safety, mental health, alcohol consumption, use of psychotropic medications, conditions of work, family and personal factors, organizational culture, professions, stress, physiological measurements, advanced quantitative methods.


Main Affiliation: École de relations industrielles, Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-6111, ext.1288




Brian L. Mishara, Ph.D.

Biography: Brian L. Mishara is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia (CRISE) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), as well as Vice Chair of Trustees of Befrienders Worldwide, a global network of emotional support helplines. He was President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). In addition to his university research and activities, he is co-founder of Suicide Action Montréal and the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS). Brian Mishara also evaluated and developed the mental health promotion program Zippy's Friends, and is leading the evaluation and development of the Passeport : S'équiper pour la vie (Passport: Skills for life) program.


Interests: Suicide, suicide prevention, euthanasia and ethics, program evaluation, youth mental health promotion.


Main Affiliation: Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia (CRISE)


Phone: 514-987-4832




Malgorzata Miszkurka

Biography: Malgorzata Miszkurka spent several years in biomedical research, where she studied the role of hormones (vasopressin and oxytocin) in cardiac development. In 2006, she decided to make a career change and undertook doctoral studies in public health at the Université de Montréal. Her research project focused on prenatal depression and compared the health of immigrant women to that of women born in Canada. Ms. Miszkurka's work takes the migration transition model into account and includes social theory of differential exposure and vulnerability.


Interests: mental health during pregnancy, vulnerability of immigrant mothers, socioeconomic and psychosocial factors of prenatal depression and violence during pregnancy.


Main Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada - Quebec Region


Phone: 514-283-4081




Kareen Nour, Ph.D.

Biography: Kareen Nour holds a doctorate in public health from the Université de Montréal. She is a researcher at the direction de la santé publique de la Montérégie, an associate researcher at CREGÉS and an assistant clinical professor at the Université de Montréal's Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. She has developed expertise in the evaluation of public health programs, the development of innovative practices in elderly health promotion as well as critical analysis of community primary mental health and palliative care practices and services.


Interests: Evaluation, development of practices, quantitative research, and data collection grid development and validation.


Main Affiliation: Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie


Phone: 450-928-6777, ext. 3183




Emmanuel Poirel, Ph.D.

Biography: Emmanuel Poirel is assistant professor at the Faculté des sciences de l'éducation from the Université de Montréal. He holds a Ph.D. in psychopedagogy from Université de Montréal and has been a stress management counsellor in a private clinic for almost 15 years. In 2010, he received two awards for best thesis in Canada (T.B. Greenfield in school administration and G.M. Dunlop in psychopedagogy). He helped more than 50 companies implement integrated workplace health programs and participated in developing the first worldwide "Healthy Enterprise" Standard - BNQ 9700-800.


Interests: school administration, occupational stress, emotional competence, occupational health, leadership, organizational health approaches, healthy schools, prevention and promotion, links between physical activity and mental health.


Main Affiliation: Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-6111, ext. 6413




Mai Thanh Tu

Biography: Mai Thanh Tu is a researcher at the Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute and research assistant professor at Université de Montréal's Department of preventive and social medicine. She holds a doctorate in neuroscience and has postdoctoral training in public and population health. She is interested in the link between life course, stress and mental health among vulnerable groups, and uses biological measures to understand how stress affects their health.


Interests: stress, depressive symptoms, longitudinal studies, life course, vulnerable groups (mothers, children, older people, immigrants), poverty, biological measures (e.g. cortisol).


Main Affiliation: Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM)


Phone: 514-343-6111, ext. 46993




Michel Vézina, M.D., MPH, FRCPC

Biography: Dr. Michel Vézina specializes in community health and is full professor at the Université Laval's department of social and preventive medicine. He is also associated with the research branch of the CSSS de la Vielle-Capitale.
His research activities centre around the assessment of links between work organization and health, measured in terms of mental illness and cardiovascular disease. The projects developed are intended primarily to demonstrate the effectiveness of interventions on the organization of work to reduce these diseases, as well as psychological harassment in the workplace.
Dr. Vézina also heads a scientific group on preventing the effects of work conditions and organization on mental health for the Occupational Health Unit of the INSPQ's Biological and Occupational Health Hazards department.


Interests: workplace mental health, psychological harassment in the workplace, work-related cardiovascular disease.


Main Affiliation: Université Laval


Phone: 418 681-8787 ext. 3800




Georgia Vrakas, Ph.D.

Biography: Georgia Vrakas is a professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in the department of psychoeductation. She obtained her doctorate in community psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and completed her post doctorate in public health at the Université de Montréal and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. She is a regular researcher at the CSSS-CAU de Bordeaux-Cartierville-Saint-Laurent and is currently a member of UQAM's Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia and UQTR's research and intervention group on psychosocial and academic adaptation.


Interests: child and adolescent mental health, prevention and promotion of mental health, suicide prevention, Inuit youth and young adults.


Main Affiliation: Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


Phone: 418-659-2170, poste 2833




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Axis 2. Treat and Support

Denise Aubé, M.D., M.Sc.

Biography: Denise Aubé, M.D. is a community health specialist, researcher at the GRIOSE-SM, medical adviser at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec and clinical professor at the Université Laval. Her research focuses on gaining a better understanding of links (interprofessional, interorganizational, intersectoral) developed by the different primary care players with their environment in view of improving health care services (quality, accessibility, continuity). Dr. Dubé is also interested by challenges arising from knowledge transfer.


Interests: primary care services, organization of mental health services, interprofessional and interorganizational links, quality of care and services and knowledge transfer.


Main Affiliation: Institut national de santé publique du Québec


Phone: 450-650-5115, ext. 5603




Dan Bilsker, Ph. D.

Biography: Dan Bilsker, Ph.D., is a psychologist who consults for the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (Simon Fraser University), the Mental Health Commission of Canada and other organizations. He is also an adjunct professor for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and clinical assistant professor for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He leads a project to enhance Canada's mental health care system through the dissemination of supported self-management interventions for mood disorders.


Interests: mental health, self management interventions, knowledge transfer, mood disorders, organization of mental health services, quality of care and services.


Main Affiliation: Simon Fraser University


Phone: 778-709-7504




Michèle Clément, Ph. D.

Biography: Michèle Clément is a researcher at the CSSS de la Vieille-Capitale and heads the GRIOSE-SM (Groupe de Recherche sur l'Inclusion sociale, l'Organisation des Services et l'Évaluation en Santé Mentale) team, created through a partnership between the CSSS de la Vieille-Capitale and the CRULRG (Centre de recherche Université Laval Robert Giffard).She is also an associate professor at the Département de médecine sociale et préventive of Université Laval. As lead researcher, she is currently conducting research on the participation of users in the health care system, rights of users and non-institutional mental health resources.


Interests: mental health, participation, perspective of users, rights, primary care services, organizational model for services, non-institutional mental health resources, recovery.


Main Affiliation: CSSS de la Vieille-Capitale, University Research Centre


Phone: 418-681-8787, ext. 3834




Martin Drapeau, Ph. D.

Biography: Dr. Drapeau is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology and Psychiatry at McGill University where he heads the McGill Psychotherapy Process Research Group. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is the Editor in Chief of Canadian Psychology and Science and Practice, and a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. Dr. Drapeau is a former vice president of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ) and member of its executive committee and Board of Directors, elected member of the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives and a member of several committees and working groups of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Currently president of the CPA's Clinical Division, his research interests include psychotherapy and knowledge transfer.


Interests: psychotherapy process, psychotherapy outcome, therapist technique, specific and common factors in psychotherapy, psychopathology, depression, access to psychotherapy


Main Affiliation: Affiliation: McGill University


Phone: 514-398-4904




Marie-Josée Fleury, Ph. D.

Biography: Marie-Josée Fleury is an associate professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Mc Gill University and with the Département d'administration publique (Health administration department) at Université de Montréal. In addition, Dr. Fleury is a researcher with the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Mental Health University Institute, and with the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en santé (GRIS) (Interdisciplinary health research group). She is also the recipient of a CIHR New Investigator award. As principal investigator, Marie-Josée is currently heading several projects relating to the organization of services in psychiatry and primary care.


Interests: organization and execution of socio-sanitary services, integration of psychiatric services and primary mental heath care, adequacy of services for the needs of people suffering from severe mental disorders, use of metal health services and implementation of change.


Main Affiliation: Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Mental Health University Institute


Phone: 514-761-6131, ext. 4344




Louise Fournier, Ph. D.

Biography: Louise Fournier is an associate professor in the Département de médecine sociale et préventive of Université de Montréal's faculty of medicine. She is also a researcher at the CHUM Research Centre and at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Dr. Fournier holds the IRSC-FRSQ-MSSS Applied Public Health Chair and it is within this context that she has created the Qualaxia Network. As lead scientist, she is currently heading several projects connected with primary mental health care services.


Interests: public mental health, promotion and prevention, primary care services, improving quality of care, treatment organization models, anxiety and depressive disorders, epidemiology of mental disorders and mental health, transition to adulthood, knowledge transfer, evaluation and implementation, evaluative research.


Main Affiliation: CHUM Research Centre


Phone: 514-864-1600, ext. 3623




Janie Houle, Ph. D.

Biography: Janie Houle is a professor in the community section of the Département de psychologie at the Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as researcher at the Centre de recherche et d'intervention sur le suicide et l'euthanasie (CRISE), associate researcher at the CRCHUM and collaborator on the Masculinities and Society team affiliated to the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Family Violence and Violence against Women (CRI-VIFF). She is currently working on individual, social, community and health determinants of self-care for people with major depression. From a health promotion perspective, her research aims at providing a better understanding of how family, work environment, community and health networks can more effectively support the empowerment of individuals suffering from anxiety or depression. Janie is also focused on the collaboration between community and health network.


Interests: health promotion for people afflicted with mental disorders, improvement of the quality of primary mental health care services, collaborative care, recovery, self-care, evaluative research and knowledge application.


Main Affiliation: Département de psychologie, Université du Québec à Montréal


Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 4751




Laurence J. Kirmayer, M. D., FRCPC

Biography: Laurence Kirmayer is an active James McGill Professor, and Director of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry, a quarterly scientific journal published by Sage (UK) and directs the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit of the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal. He conducts research on mental health services for immigrants and refugees, psychiatry in primary care, the mental health of indigenous peoples, and the anthropology of psychiatry. He founded and directs the annual Summer Program and Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry at McGill and directs the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research. He co-edited Current Concepts of Somatization (American Psychiatric Press); Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives (Cambridge University Press); Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (University of British Columbia Press); and Encountering the Other: The Practice of Cultural Consultation (Springer SBM).


Interests: Cultural consultation in mental health, pathways and barriers to mental health care for immigrants, somatization in primary care, cultural concepts of mental health and illness in Inuit communities, risk and protective factors for suicide among Inuit youth, and resilience among indigenous peoples.


Main Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, McGill University


Phone: 514-340-7549




Lise Lamothe, Ph. D.

Biography: Lise Lamothe is an associate professor with the Département d'administration de la santé of the faculty of medicine at the Université de Montréal. She is an associate research professor with the GETOS Chair, research member of the GRÉAS, a CEFRIO and CAPP associate researcher. She is also an executive committee member of the Board of Directors of Montreal's Sacré Coeur Hospital, member of the Board of Directors of the CSSS Bordeaux-Cartierville-St-Laurent and member of the Conseil du médicament. Her work focuses on the governance and transformation of health care organizations, specifically on the professional dynamics associated with the transformation of health care organizations in various clinical sectors and notably in mental health. She is also interested in dynamics associated with the amalgamation of institutions and the formation of integrated service networks, as well as the structuring effects of new ICTs in the transformation health care and services processes.


Interests: interprofessional dynamics, management of health care organizations, transformation of healthcare organizations and integrated care.


Main Affiliation: Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-7983




Eric Latimer, Ph.D.

Biography: Eric Latimer, Ph.D., is a health economist and researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and associate professor at the McGill University Department of Psychiatry. He is also an associate professor at McGill's Department of Economics and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, as well as at the Université de Montréal's Département d'administration de la santé. His research centres on services for people suffering from severe mental illnesses, notably the Assertive Community Treatment model, employment support and pharmacological practice. He is currently the principal researcher for the Montréal site of the At Home project, a national research and demonstration project on homelessness and mental health funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and principal researcher on a partnership project on assertive treatment and lower-intensity management programs. He is co-researcher in a number of projects on employment support in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.


Interests: services for people with severe mental illnesses, assertive community treatment, employment support, the use of antipsychotic drugs and health economics in mental health services.


Main Affiliation: Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University.


Phone: 514-761-6131, ext. 2351




Alain Lesage, M.D.

Biography: Alain Lesage is a psychiatrist and associate director at the Fernand-Seguin Research Center. He is a full professor and researcher at the Département de psychiatrie of the Université de Montréal and co-director of the Réseau québécois de recherche sur le suicide. His work involves evaluating procedures to assess care and service needs of people with severe mental disorders or people with mental disorders in the general population.


Interests: evaluative and epidemiology research on care and service needs for people with severe and persistent mental disorders, research on mental health services, suicide.


Main Affiliation: Fernand-Seguin Research Center


Phone: 514-251-4000, ext. 2365




Marc Martineau

Biography: Marc Martineau is a psychologist, researcher and college professor of psychology. He currently runs a program called Je tiens la route (I'm on my way) aimed at prevention and promotion of mental health at the Cégep de l'Outaouais. For several years, his research, both clinical and through his teaching, focuses on mental health and young people, specifically adolescents and young adults in difficulty. He studies the factors influencing college students' achievement and evaluates the success of programs promoting mental health.


Interests: Young people and mental health, positive mental health, academic motivation, suicide, crisis intervention.


Main Affiliation: Cégep de l'Outaouais


Phone: 819-770-4012




Jane McCusker, M.D., Ph.D.

Biography: Jane McCusker is a professor at McGill University's Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. She is also a director and researcher at St. Mary's Hospital's Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies. She is currently principal researcher on a number of projects focusing on mental health among adults with concomitant chronic physical illnesses, depression in primary care and acute confusional state (delirium) in long-term care settings.


Interests: depression, delirium, management of chronic illnesses, use of emergency services, improving the quality of care and knowledge transfer.


Main Affiliation: Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies at St. Mary's Hospital, affiliated to McGill University


Phone: 514-345-3511, ext. 5060




Marie-Hélène Morin, M.Sc.

Biography: Marie-Hélène Morin is a social worker and professor of social work at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR). She holds a Master's degree in social work and is a doctoral candidate at Université Laval's School of Social Work. She is mainly interested in practices that promote the adaptation of family members of individuals with mental health problems, notably those who experience psychosis for the first time. Another passion of hers is teaching social work and supporting care providers who focus on individual and family mental health interventions.


Interests: Experience of family members in a support role, mental health interventions for families, collaboration between families and care providers, practices centred on psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery.


Main Affiliation: Department of psychosociology and social work, Social work unit, Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)


Phone: 418-723-1986, ext. 1246




Claire Page, Inf. Ph.D.

Biography: Claire Page, Ph.D. (biomedical science, social psychiatry) is a professor at the Université du Québec à Rimouski's Department of Nursing. After practicing as a psychiatric nurse clinician for 13 years, she focused her efforts on research about depression in adult women, and then primary mental health intervention teams. Her teaching activities led Claire to develop an interest in the stigmatization that people with mental disorders experience in the health system (in emergency rooms, CLSCs, medical and surgical departments.) She is also interested in the development of innovative training tools, using current techno-pedagogical means, in order to raise awareness among care providers about stigmatization, and improve the quality of care provided to this clientele. This initiative is in line with Mental Health Action Plan 2005-2010 objectives to strengthen primary mental health services. Finally, she provides provincial leadership in the development of the mental health specialization in graduate-level nursing programs.


Interests: Primary mental health services, mental health nursing, stigmatization and therapeutic relationships (empathy).


Main Affiliation: Université du Québec à Rimouski


Phone: 418-723-1986, ext. 1845




Pasquale Roberge, Ph. D.

Biography: Pasquale Roberge is an assistant professor in the Department of family medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke. In addition, she is a researcher in the PRIMUS research group/Centre de recherche clinique Etienne-Le Bel – CHUS. A formally trained psychologist, she is interested in the use of mental health services by individuals afflicted with anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as innovations in the organization and execution of primary mental health care services


Interests: anxiety disorders, major depression, organization and execution of mental health care services, quality indicators, psychotherapy, sharing and usage of knowledge.


Main Affiliation: Université de Sherbrooke


Phone: 819-346-1110, ext. 13814




Monique Séguin, Ph.D.

Biography: Expert in suicide prevention and bereavement, Monique Séguin is a researcher for the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) at the Douglas Institute and professor in the department of psychology and psychoeducation at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.
She is particularly interested in the bereavement process and intervention strategies following suicide, as well as the life of suicidal patients. She developed the notion of "suicidal crisis" and developed a guide for community workers to better evaluate and support individuals who are suicidal.


Interests: Suicide, bereavement, risk and protection factors for suicidal individuals, intervention and best practices.


Main Affiliation: Douglas Mental Health University Institute


Phone: 514-761-613, ext. 3463




Louise St-Arnaud, Ph.D.

Biography: Louise St-Arnaud is a professor and director of the Canada Research Chair on Occupational Integration and the Psychosocial Environment of Work at Université Laval. She is also a member of the CLSC Haute-Ville-Des-Rivières research group in Quebec City studying the social and psychological impact of work.
She holds a doctorate in biomedical sciences from the Université de Montréal School of Rehabilitation. Her thesis focused on workplace reintegration when faced with a mental health problem. She also has Master's degrees in psychology, community health as well as a graduate diploma in occupational health.


Interests: Workplace mental health, workplace reintegration, workplace psychodynamics and psychosocial work environment.


Main Affiliation: Université Laval


Phone: 418-656-2131, ext. 4135




Gilles Tremblay, Ph.D.

Biography: Gilles Tremblay is a professor at Université Laval's school of social work and holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. All his research focuses on men and masculinities, particularly in terms of intervention. His years-long research leave and regular participation in international conferences allowed him to establish connections with 30 researchers in about 20 countries. He is actively working to set up an international network of researchers focusing on men's realities. Dr. Tremblay is head of the Masculinities and Society research team, which brings together 25 researchers from about ten universities and colleges. He was also a member of the Comité de travail en matière de prévention et d'aide aux hommes (Rondeau Report, published in 2004).


Interests: aggression and violence, men's realities, gender construction, social intervention methods among individuals and families, practice models, theoretical basis of social work, supervision and coaching, mental health.


Main Affiliation: Université Laval


Phone: 418-656-2131, ext. 12671




Helen-Maria Vasiliadis, Ph.D.

Biography: Helen-Maria Vasiliadis is assistant professor at the Département des sciences de la santé communautaire of the Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé at the Université de Sherbrooke, as well as researcher at the Centre de recherche de l'Hôpital Charles-Lemoyne. She is currently an FRSQ research scholar whose research program seeks to define the parameters of a balanced mental health care system, one that is able to adequately and completely support psychiatric services offered to the population. Her research involves determinants associated with the use of mental health services by the population (equity and accessibility), cost analyses, assessment of the effectiveness of health care services offered to psychiatric patients, quality of life and program evaluation.


Interests: epidemiology, mental health, health economics


Main Affiliation: Université de Sherbrooke


Phone: 450-466-5000, ext. 3701




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Axis 3. Observe and Evaluate

Antonio Ciampi, Ph. D.

Biography: Antonio Ciampi is an associate professor with the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, and is a researcher at St-Mary's Hospital in Montréal. He has also worked as a researcher with The Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal Heart Institute and the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto. Dr. Ciampi has also been a professor at the University of Toronto and the University of Zambia. He divides his research between methodological works aiming to improve the analysis of biomedical, clinical and epidemiological study data stemming from multidisciplinary collaborations. Among other achievements, he has developed a methodology for the construction of prediction trees and is also working on new methods of knowledge extraction from large data sets. Dr. Ciampi has worked in oncology, paediatrics, cardiology, family medicine and gerontology. His current interests are focused on the psychosocial aspects of health and disease, while exploring new possibilities provided by genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics.


Interests: classification and rating issues, biostatistical and epidemiological survival curves, mathematical and statistical models of cell differentiation, health and quality of life indicators and decision theory.


Main Affiliation: McGill University


Phone: 514-398-1584




Andrée Demers, Ph.D.

Biography: Andrée Demers holds a Ph. D. in Economics and sociology of work at the University of Aix-Marseille II (Aix-en-Provence, France). She is currently professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université de Montréal. She is also a researcher at the Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM) and within the Research Team on Work and Mental Health (ERTSM). Her research is rooted in the paradigm of social determinants of health. Her work has mainly focused on the situational and relational contexts of alcohol consumption and the mechanisms by which the organization of work and the objective and subjective conditions of work affect mental health, paying particular attention to gender relations.


Interests: Sociology of health, health behaviors, mental health.


Main Affiliation: Département de sociologie, Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-6111, ext.3766




Aline Drapeau, Ph. D.

Biography: Aline Drapeau is a researcher at the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre, research assistant at the Département de psychiatrie of the Université de Montréal and fellow at the FRSQ. She is a trained epidemiologist (Ph.D., McGill University) and also has training in community health (MSc.) and anthropology (BSc.).Her research interests revolve around the study of the influence of social anchorage on the behaviour and attitude of women and men regarding mental health and use of services. Her current research, funded by the FRSQ and the CIHR, pertains to the admission of mental health service use in populational studies and on factors linked to psychological distress in both genders during adolescence, adulthood and old age.


Interests: psychosocial epidemiology, mental health and illness, psychological distress, use and non-use of services, recovery process, social anchorage, culture, behaviour and attitude and populational studies.


Main Affiliation: Fernand-Seguin Research Centre


Phone: 514-251-4015, ext. 3538




Arnaud Duhoux, Ph. D.

Biography: Arnaud Duhoux is a professor at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Montreal. He holds a master's degree in community health and a PhD in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Montreal. During his doctoral research, under the direction of Louise Fournier, Arnaud Duhoux was interested in the quality of care received by people who suffer from major depression and who consult primary care in Quebec. He also obtained a grant from FRQ-S for a postdoctoral fellowship in which he can develop its research on quality of care. He joined for two years CRECS, a research center at the University of Ottawa. Arnaud Duhoux has always had a particular interest in health inequalities and vulnerable populations. So he wanted to continue his work on the quality of care, but with a particularly fragile population: the homeless.


Interests: Epidemiology, public health, epidemiology of mental health, primary care, public mental health, measuring the quality of treatment for depression, homeless


Main Affiliation: Université de Montréal


Phone: 514-343-6111, ext. 37126




Joanne Lavoie

Biography: Joanne Lavoie is a nurse clinician, research associate for Dr. Michel Maziade (MD, FRCP(C), CQ) Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Holder of the Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of Neuropsychiatric Disorders, at the IUSMQ research centre since September 2011. She worked for 10 years as a nurse at the Institute in various sectors, but mainly during the last few years with people with severe personality disorders and people with mood disorders. She is also a Master's student in mental health and psychiatric care since September 2012.


Interests: Mental health, but more specifically, prevention among youth at risk, recovery, stigmatization, as well as advanced mental health nursing.


Main Affiliation: Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (CRIUSMQ)


Phone: 418-663-5000, ext. 4875




Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, M.D. Ph. D.

Biography: Jean-Frédéric Levesque has a doctorate in public health from the Université de Montréal and is a specialist in community health. He is currently a Scientific Director in the analysis and assessment of health care systems and services for the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Clinical assistant professor in the Département de médecine familiale at the Université de Montréal, Dr. Levesque is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) and Clinical Research Fellow at the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec. His research focuses on analyzing the impact of different organizational models of primary care on the public's experience of care and management of chronic diseases. He recently served at the Québec Health and Welfare Commissioner as an assistant commissioner for assessment and analysis.


Interests: health planning, organisation of health care and services, indicators, international cooperation, access to health care, urban health issues, health services utilisation, access to care in developing countries, performance assessment of health services, impact analysis of health system reform.


Main Affiliation: Institut national de santé publique du Québec


Phone: 514-864-1600, poste 3616




Lily Lessard, R.N. M.Sc., Ph.D candidate

Biography: Lily Lessard is a nurse and professor at Université du Québec à Rimouski's Faculty of Nursing. She specialized in the organization of health services during her master's, doctoral studies and her research, with a particular interest in the evaluation of general primary care services as well as primary mental health care services and interdisciplinary collaboration. In her nursing career, she worked mainly as a nurse clinician in Northern Quebec's points of services. Incidentally, this clinical experience in an extended role convinced her that working as a nurse at an optimal level was important to better contribute to increasing accessibility, continuity and humanization of care for people living with mental health disorders. She initiated and is coordinating this theme file.


Interests: primary mental health care, advanced practice mental health nurse, organization of health services, remote and isolated regions, interdisciplinary collaboration and organizational change


Main Affiliation: Université du Québec à Rimouski


Phone: 418-884-2344




Lucie Nadeau, M.D.

Biography: Dr. Lucie Nadeau is an assistant professor at McGill University's Department of Psychiatry (Child psychiatry and Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry). She received her training in medicine and psychiatry at the Université de Montréal, and completed a Master's degree in transcultural psychiatry at McGill. Dr. Nadeau is a child psychiatrist for the McGill University Health Centre and the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal. She is also consulting psychiatrist for several multiethnic districts in the city, and has been consulting psychiatrist at the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in northern Quebec where she works with Inuit children and adolescents since 2008. Dr. Nadeau has developed research expertise in the field of youth mental health, and has conducted several studies on immigrant, refugee and Aboriginal youth. She is involved in the development of a research program on collaborative care models, and a research project on mental disorder prevention in Aboriginal schools.

Youth mental health, transcultural psychiatry, evaluation of collaborative care models, and prevention in mental health for First Nations and Inuit children.

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Main Affiliation: McGill University Health Centre / CSSS de la Montagne


Phone: 514-273-3800, ext. 6423




Cécile Rousseau, M.D.

Biography: Dr. Cécile Rousseau is Full Professor at McGill University's Department of Psychiatry, and Scientific Director at the CSSS de la Montagne research centre. She is also a child psychiatrist who works with immigrant and refugee children in multiethnic districts in Montréal, while pursuing her research endeavours. Dr. Rousseau has extensive expertise in the field of mental health of refugee children, particularly with regard to health care access for children with precarious immigration status and the use of art as a prevention tool for newly arrived children. She is also the principal investigator for a research program on the evaluation of collaborative youth mental health care models. She has facilitated interinstitutional case discussion seminars that involve CSSS and youth centres health professionals for several years.


Interests: Youth mental health, transcultural psychiatry, migration policies and mental health, development and evaluation of prevention programs (school mental health for refugee and immigrant children), terrorism and mental health consequences, and evaluation of collaborative care models.


Main Affiliation: McGill University Health Centre/CSSS de la Montagne


Phone: 514-273-3800, ext. 6452




Catherine Vallée, Ph.D.

Biography: Catherine Vallée is an assistant professor in the Département de réadaptation de la Faculté de médecine at the Université Laval. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy at the Université de Montréal, a Master's degree in psychiatric rehabilitation counselling at Boston University, a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and completed a postdoctoral internship in public health at the Université de Montréal. She is interested in the organization of mental health services, program assessment and inter-organizational collaboration within local service networks. She also focuses on the links between social participation and mental health psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery practices, particularly with regards to housing, employment and participatory decision-making.


Interests: mental health, service organization, primary health care, recovery and rehabilitation.


Main Affiliation: Université Laval


Phone: 418-681-8787, poste 3812




 
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