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Qualaxia is science working for the public
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
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
Deborah Da Costa, Ph.D.
Biography: Dr. Da Costa is a researcher at the Research institute of the McGill University Health Centre and an Associate Professor at McGill University. Her research guided by a biopsychosocial framework, focuses on the interplay between modifiable psychosocial and behavioural (e.g. exercise) factors and health status in various chronic illnesses and in relation to depression in populations at risk. This has laid the foundation for the knowledge-transfer phase of her program which focuses on tailoring and evaluating evidence-based e-health interventions to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to optimize their health and wellness over the lifespan.
Interests: Transition to parenthood, e-health interventions, postpartum depression, wellness, healthy behaviours.
Main Affiliation: Department of Medicine, McGill University - The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Phone: 514-934-1934, ext. 44723
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
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)
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
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
Philippe Roy, Ph.D.
Biography: Philippe Roy's academic achievements include a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (UQTR, 2003) and a Master's degree in Sociology, specializing in suicidal males (UQAM, 2008). Part of his Master's training took place at Concordia University, and at Sweden's Lund University (2005). He has been scientific coordinator of the Masculinities and Society research team since 2010, and also worked at Accalmie, a shelter for suicidal individuals. The specifics and the invisibility of mental health and suicide in rural settings is what led him to pursue a doctorate in social work at Université Laval. His studies focus on male roles and their influence on how Quebec farmers adapt to stress.
Interests: Men's mental health, men's realities, rurality, suicide prevention
Affiliation principale : École de service social, Université de Montréal
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.
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