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The Department of Psychiatry boasts over 100 researchers, who work together to promote world-class investigations on issues relevant to mental health. We have a diverse group of outstanding scientists who are internationally recognized, carrying out pioneering work in all research disciplines.

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Dr. Antoine Adamantidis, PhD

DMHUI

Neural circuits of arousal,optogenetics,
sleep-wake cycle, goal oriented behaviour.

Dr. Lawrence Annable, Dip Stat

R&T

Design and statistical analysis of clinical trials
in psychopharmacology.

Dr. Jorge Armony, PhD

DMHUI

Emotion, fMRI, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr. Serge Beaulieu, MD, PhD DMHUI Affective disorders

Dr. Chawki Benkelfat, MD

R&T

Studies on brain serotonin synthesis in patients
with Borderline Personality Disorder and
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Dr. Veronique Bohbot, PhD

DMHUI

Auditory and visual spatial memory,
virtual reality, plasticity.

Dr. Diane Boivin, MD, PhD DMHUI Sleep, circadian rhythms, affective disorders.

Dr. Patricia Boksa, PhD

DMHUI

Studies on pregnancy and birth complications
(C-section, perinatal hypoxia, 
infections in
utero) as risk factors for schizophrenia, using 
animal modeling.

Dr. John Breitner, MD

DMHUI

Alzheimer's disease, epidemiology, clinical
trial methods, Alzheimer's disease prevention
trials.

Dr. Mathieu Brodeur, PhD

DMHUI

Schizophrenia, thought and perception, EEG,
contextual processing, episodic memory, fMRI.

Dr. Thomas G. Brown, PhD

DMHUI

Transdisciplinary studies into substance
abuse-related risky behaviour, 
specifically
impaired driving; randomized control trials of
substance abuse 
psychotherapeutice; applied
studies into evidence-informed substance 
abuse 
intervention and policy.

Dr. Alain Brunet, PhD

DMHUI

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; assessment,
peritraumatic responses, 
longitudinal
studies, early interventions, neurobiological
correlates, 
neuroimaging.

Dr. Jean Caron, PhD

DMHUI

Social and psychiatric epidemiology.

Dr. Nicolas Cermakian, PhD

DMHUI

Circadian rhythms, clock genes, sleep
regulation.

Dr. Jennifer Coelho, PhD

DMHUI

Eating disorders

Dr. Anne G. Crocker, PhD

DMHUI

Forensic mental health research.
1.  The identification of psychosocial factors
associated with violence and criminality 
among vulnerable populations, such as
individuals with a severemental illness
and individuals with intellectual disabilities.  
2.  The interface between the criminal justice
and mental health systems such as fitness
to stand trial, criminal responsibility and
mental health servicesresearch in relation to
the criminal justice system.

Dr. J. Bruno Debruille, MD, PhD DMHUI Neurophysiological model of communication of
affect and intent between schizophrenic adults
and their parents.

Dr. David M. Dunkley, PhD

JGH

Cognitive-personality vulnerability to depression,
self-critical perfectionism, longitudinal studies of
stress generation and stress reactivity models,
coping and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Salah El Mestikawy, PhD

DMHUI

Neurobiology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy,
glutamatergic neurotransmission, animal
modeling, post-mortem examinations of human
neuropathologies.

Dr. Frank Elgar, PhD Inst. 
for Health
& Social
Policy
Social and economic determinants of health and
human development.
Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD R&T Autism
Dr. Carl Ernst, PhD DMHUI Genomics, stem cell biology, advanced DNA
sequencing, epigenetics, neurodevelopmental
disorders, mood disorders, suicide.

Dr. Catherine Fichten, PhD

JGH

Cognitive-behaviour therapy - adults

Dr. Marie-Josée Fleury, PhD

DMHUI

Organizational and policy analysis; mental
health services evaluation; 
integrated service
networks; needs assessment.

Dr. Cecilia Flores, PhD

DMHUI

Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying
the effects of drugs of abuse 
and stressors on
brain plasticity and behavior and their
implications for 
psychopathology.

Dr. Nancy Frasure-Smith, PhD

R&T

Psychosomatics; psychosocial factors in
adjustment to cardiovascular disease;
mechanisms linking psychosocial factors and
cardiac mortality (sudden cardiac 
death).

Dr. Serge G. Gauthier, MD

DMHUI

Basic and clinical aspects of memory loss and
motor dysfunction; Alzheimer's 
disease,
Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease;
new therapeutic avenues.

Dr. Kathryn Gill, PhD

MGH

Clinical studies related to addiction treatment
outcome, dual diagnosis, 
pharmacotherapy;
biochemical, gene mapping and
pharmacogenetic studies 
in recombinant
inbred and congenic mice; mental health
issues of urban 
Native Americans and Inuit.

Dr. Bruno Giros, PhD

DMHUI

Molecular neurobiology and
neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Ian Gold, PhD

Dept.
of
Philosophy

Philosophy of psychiatry

Dr. Alain Gratton, PhD

DMHUI

Function and dysfunction of mesocorticolimibic
dopamine neurons; stress 
effects on central
motivational processes; neuropeptide
interactions with 
dopamine neurons.

Dr. Danielle Groleau, PhD

JGH

Psychocultural determinants of compliance
after a heart attack;hyperemesis 
gravicarum
in immigrant women; psychocultural 
determinants of low 
breastfeeding rates among
disadvantaged French Canadians, etc.

Dr. Reut Gruber, PhD

DMHUI

Child development, ADHD and sleep studies.

Dr. Lily Hechtman, MD

MCH

Stimulant and multimodal treatment of children,
adolescents, and adults with attention deficit disorders.

Dr. Krista L. Hyde, PhD

MUHC

Auditory cognitive neuroscience; brain imaging;
developmental disorders.

Dr. Fabrice Jollant

DMHUI

Suicidal behavior, depression, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, decision-making, cognition, emotion

Dr. Ridha Joober, PhD DMHUI Neuroleptic resistant schizophrenia;
load-responsivity of the frontal cortex in

first-degree relatives of schizophrenic patients.

Dr. Suzanne King, PhD

DMHUI

Environmental and genetic risk factors for psychosis,
especially prenatal maternal stress: three on-going studies
of development in children exposed in utero to maternal
stress from a natural disaster.

Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD

R&T

Cultural psychiatry; mental health of Inuit and
First Nations peoples; psychiatry in primary care;
epidemiology and ethnographic research;
metaphor in psychiatric theory and practice.

Dr. Aurélie Labbe, PhD

DMHUI

Biostatistics, statistical genetics, Bayesian
statistics, genetic epidemiology.

Dr. Eric A. Latimer, PhD

DMHUI

Economic analysis of mental health programs;
Assertive Community 
Treatment; economic
issues related to supported employment for
people with 
severe mental illness.

Dr. Martin Lepage, PhD

DMHUI

Cerebral organization of human memory in
healthy and psychiatric populations 
using
functional neuroimaging techniques such as
PET and fMRI.

Dr. Marco Leyton, PhD

R&T

Role of dopamine and serotonin in substance
abuse, impulsive behavior and 
depression; PET
studies, drug challenges and acute
monoamine depletion.

Dr. Eva Libman

JGH

Sleep, chronic fatigue syndroms, behavioral
medicine.

Dr. Giamal N. Luheshi, PhD

DMHUI

Neuro-immune interactions, sickness behaviour
and infection/inflammation.

Dr. Ashok Malla, MD DMHUI Investigation of delay in treatment; impact of
early case detection; predictors 
and evaluation
of strategies to improve outcome, cognition and

psychopathology in early psychosis; controlled
evaluation of integrated 
treatment methods
and program development for and evaluation
of early 
intervention.

Dr. Michael Meaney, PhD

DMHUI

Stress; steroids; peptides; aging; development;
individual differences; 
hormone receptors.

Dr. Naguib Mechawar, PhD

DMHUI

Mood disorders, chemical neuroanatomy and 
adult brain neurogenesis.

Dr. Roberta M. Palmour, PhD

R&T

Genetic analysis of major psychiatric diseases,
in man and in model systems 
(experimental
animals and cultured cells); neurochemical
mechanisms in 
inherited metabolic diseases.

Dr. Joel Paris, MD

JGH

Studies on Borderline Personality Disorder
including long-term follow-up, biological and
psychological risk factors, childhood precursors
and assessment of underlying traits.

Dr. Duncan Pedersen, PhD

DMHUI

Trauma-related disorders and social suffering;
long-term impact and health 
outcomes of
socio-political violence.

Dr. Michel Perreault, PhD

DMHUI

Evaluation of health service systems and
development and validation of 
measures of
expectation and satisfaction of patients and
relatives regarding 
services for mental health.

Dr. John Christopher Perry, MD

JGH

Relationships between acceptance/rejection
feelings in children with serious 
behavior
problems. Correlates of emotional and
behavioral problems in 
children of mothers
with breast cancer.

Dr. Myra Piat, PhD

DMHUI

Recovery, mental health, consumer perspective,
participatory research, housing, peer support,
caregivers, qualitative methodology, evaluation
services, homelessness and mental illness.

Dr. Judes Poirier, PhD

DMHUI

Alzheimer's/neurodegenerative diseases,
genetics and pharmacogenomics.

Dr. Jens C. Pruessner, PhD

DMHUI

Director, Aging and Alzheimer's Research
Theme.

Positron Emission Tomography; functional
Magnetic Resonance Imaging; 
structural
Magnetic Resonance Imaging;
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Dr. Rémi Quirion, PhD

DMHUI

Alzheimer's disease, neuropeptides,
neuroprotection, cell death and psychiatric
illnesses.

Dr. Maria Natasha Rajah, PhD

DMHUI

Changes in the prefrontal cortex with age;
memory performance during normal 
aging;
aging and dementia: biological changes
associated with normal versus 
pathological
aging; event-related functional magnetic
resonance imaging.

Dr. Amir Raz, PhD

JGH

Clinical and cognitive neuroscience;
applied cognition.

Dr. Joseph Rochford, PhD

DMHUI

Behavioural pharmacology of learning, memory
and motivation; influence of 
learning on pain
sensitivity; behavioural effects of anxiolytic and 
antidepressant drugs; neuropharmacology of
attention.

Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, MD, MSc, PhD

DMHUI

Translational neuroimaging, human and animal
imaging, PET, MRI, neurodegenerative
disease, dementia. Director of Translational
Neuroimaging Laboratory.

Dr. Cecile Rousseau, MD

CSSS

Cultural psychiatry; mental health and adaptation
of refugee children and adolescents from
Southeast Asia, Central America and Somalia.

Dr. Norbert Schmitz, PhD

DMHUI

Psychiatric epidemiology,psychiatric-somatic
comorbidity, public mental health, 
depression
and chronic conditions, population based
studies, health related 
quality of life research,
measurement tools.

Dr. Lalit K. Srivastava, PhD

DMHUI

Role of developmental mechanisms in the
etiopathology of schizophrenia, 
brain dopamine
receptor regulation, biochemical and genetic
studies on neural 
cell adhesion molecules.

Dr. Howard Steiger, PhD

DMHUI

Onset, course and treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Florian Storch, PhD

DMHUI

Circadian rhythms and mouse genetics.

Dr. Brett D. Thombs, PhD

JGH

Etiology, assessment and treatment of
interrelated somatic and psychological

symptoms that are common in medical
illness, particularly cardiovascular and

rheumatic diseases. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Dr. Jacques Tremblay DMHUI Clinical epidemiology in mental health;
community mental health planning; conduct of
clinical trials to test the effectiveness of
psychosocial and pharmacological treatments for
post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use
related disorders, and bipolar disorder; mixed
methods studies on trauma and global health in
developing countries.
Dr. Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD DMHUI Suicide, depressive disorders, functional
genomics, epigenetics, early-life adversity,
gene-environment interaction, neurobiology
.

Dr. Claire-Dominique Walker, PhD

DMHUI

Influence of stress on reproductive functions
during lactation in the rat and  
developmental
aspects of the stress response.

Dr. Rob Whitley, PhD

DMHUI

Research interests: the emerging recovery
paradigm in mental health; religion 
and mental
health; the mental health and mental health
service experience of 
immigrants and
ethno-cultural minorities; mental health in
developing  
countries; qualitative research.

Dr. Sylvain Williams, PhD

DMHUI

Studies on the cause of Alzheimer's Disease
using electrophysiology and other 
techniques to
better understand the physiological interactions
on neurons 
within the septum;  and the role of
pro-inflammatory cytokines on the 
modulation
of neuronal excitability, synaptic plasticity and
neuronal stem cell 
development.

Dr. Tak Pan Wong, PhD

DMHUI

Impact of stress on the brain; studies of how
stress produces abnormality in 
synaptic
transmission and impairment of memory
formation; molecular 
mechanisms of synaptic
plasticity.

Dr. Allan Young, PhD Culture and somatization; the ethnography of
post-traumatic stress disorder; 
anthropology of
psychiatry.

Dr. Simon N. Young, PhD

R&T

Behavioural neurochemistry

Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz, EdD

JGH

Studies on developmental outcome in very low
birthweight infants, postpartum 
depression and
its effects on family functioning and risk factors
for borderline 
pathology in mothers and children.