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Danielle Groleau, PhD

Danielle Groleau, PhD

Dr Groleau is Assistant Professor and research associate at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. Dr Groleau is an anthropologist and received her PhD in Public Health from the Université de Montréal and postdoctoral training in Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. She specializes in ethnographic and participatory research to study health behaviours that have implications for public health programming and health policy. Her current research interests are:

  • psychocultural determinants of compliance after a heart attack among French Canadians
  • psychocultural determinants of low breastfeeding rates among disadvantaged French Canadians
  • cultural appropriateness of information on breast cancer risk for the Jewish community

Dr Groleau can supervise trainees and graduate students from anthropology, psychology, social work, social sciences, humanities, public health and medicine.

danielle [dot] groleau [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) website


Selected Articles

Semenic, S., Groleau, D., Rodriguez, C., Agnolon, C., Haiek, L., Gray-Donald, K., & Sibeko, L. (2011, June). Understanding political influences on breastfeeding practices: An illustration of the breastfeeding policy development  process in Quebec, Canada. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives (international, interdisciplinary conference). Grange over Sands, UK.

Groleau, D., Semenic, S., Gray-Donald, K., Rodriquez, C., Haiek, L., Sibeko, L., & Molino, L. (2011, June). Evaluating the breastfeeding policy guidelines of Quebec: Walking through the challenges and successes. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives (international, interdisciplinary conference). Grange over Sands, UK.

Semenic, S., Groleau, D., Rodriquez, C., Gray-Donald, K., Haiek, L., Sibeko, L., Molino, L., & Lauziere, J. (2011, March). Informing systems change for breastfeeding in Quebec. Reframing birth and breastfeeding: Moving forward (meeting co-sponsored by the Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium Series and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services), Chapel Hill, NC, USA. 

Semenic, S., Groleau, D., Rodriquez, C., Gray-Donald, K., Lauziere, J., & Molino, L. (2010, November). Barriers and facilitators to implementing the baby-friendly hospital.  Enfanter le Monde/Birthing the World. Quebec City, Canada.

Semenic, S., Rodriquez, C.,  Groleau, D.,  Gray-Donald, K. & Agnolon, C. (2010, October). From grassroots to government: The evolution of Quebec’s breastfeeding policy. AWHONN Canada 21st National Conference: Bridging the Worlds of Practice, Research and Education. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Adeponle, A., Kirmayer, L. J,, Thombs, B., & Groleau, D. (2010, April). Use of cultural consultation to resolve uncertainty in teh diagnosis of psychosis in African immigrnats patients. International conference of the Society for the Study of Psychitary and Culture. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Bélanger, E., Rodriguez, C., Groleau, D., Macdonald, M. E., Marchand, R., & Légaré, F. (2010). Poster P080 - From a sacred death in the community to an individual death in institutions: Shifting notions of a 'good death' in historical context. Journal of Palliative Care, 26(3), 228.

Groleau, D, Cabral, I. E. (2009, September). Reconfiguring insufficient breast milk as a sociosomatic problem: Mothers of premature babies using the kangaroo method in Brazil Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:Bio-Cultural Perspectives Conference. Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK.

Groleau, D. (2009, September). Duration of breastfeeding in the context of poverty: Negotiating cultural change and symbolic capital of motherhood. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:Bio-Cultural Perspectives Conference. Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK.

Cabral, I. E., & Groleau, D. (2009, September). Duration of exclusive breastfeeding after discharge from thekangaroo mother method: The socio-cultural challenges for policy makers at Rio de Janeiro. Nutritionand Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives Conference. Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK.

Bélanger, E., Rodriguez, C., Groleau, D. (2009, June). “Shared Decision Making in Palliative Care:  A Narrative Synthesis” has been accepted for an oral presentation at the 5th International Shared Decision Making Conference in Boston. Boston, MA.

Guimares, P., & D. Groleau. (2009, May). HIV/AIDS in rural areas of Brazil: Cultural implications for health promotion," 12th World Congress on Public Health World Congress on Public Health (WFPHA). Istanbull, Turkey.

Groleau, D. (2009, May). From intimate to political voice: A case for illustrating generalizability of qualitative data. 12th World Congress on Public Health World Congress on Public Health (WFPHA). Istanbull, Turkey. 

Carpentier, N., Groleau, D., Bernard, B., Kergoat, M-J., & Guberman, N. (2007, November). Family responsibilities for providing care: The context and transformation of social norms among caregivers, Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Groleau, D. (2007, September). “Why Women neglect their heart? A psycho-cultural perspective that goes beyond denial.” Annual meeting of the Society For the Study of Psychiatry and Culture and joint conference with the World Psychiatry Association Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Proceedings. Stockholm, Sweden. 

Groleau, D. (2007, June). Blaming low-income mothers for invisible barriers to breastfeeding: The role of policy and promotion programs. Nutrition and nurture in infancy and childhood: Bio-cultural perspectives. A three-day international, Interdisciplinary conference. Grange-over-sands, Cumbria, UK.

Vernier, E. T. N., Cabral, I. E., & Groleau, D. (2006, maio). “As fontes de empoderamento dos familiares cuidadores de crianças com necessidades especiais de saüde.”  Encontro National de Fundamentos do Cuidado de Enfermagem Nuclearte. Rio de Janeiro.

Groleau, D. (2005). L’observance à la médication après un infarctus chez les Canadiens-français; et si c’était culturel?  1er Congrès international sur le médicament, conception, production et consommation: perspectives interdisciplinaires pour un avenir commun. Hotel Fairmontm Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Groleau, D. (2005, mai). Différences et similitudes de l’observance thérapeutique entre VIH-sida et infarctus: leçons et pistes de recherche. Proceedings du 7e séminaire de recherche clinique sur l’infection par le VIH. INRS: pp. 55-56. Institut Pasteur – Paris, France. 

Groleau, D., Soulière, M., & Zelkowitz, P. (2004, April). Culture, distress and poverty as a context for low breastfeeding rates among low income French Canadians. 10th Annual Qualitative Health International Conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Groleau, D. (2004, March). Broken hearts, heavy hearts: Narrative, Distress and compliance after an infarct. The (American) Society for Applied Anthropology 64th Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas, USA.  

Groleau, D., Kirmayer, L., & Blake, C. (2003, November). The value of qualitative evaluation of a Cultural Consultation Service. Transcultural Psychiatry Section Symposium, World Psychiatric Association. Malta Proceedings.

Groleau, D. (2003, October). Broken hearts, heavy hearts: Narrative, distress and compliance after a myocardial infarct. SSPC Annual Meeting. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Groleau, D. (2003, May). From intimate to political voice: Building capacity to generalize qualitative results. Advances in qualitative methods. The fourth International Interdisciplinary Conference. Syllabus & Proceedings. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Groleau, D., Hudon, E., Kirmayer, L., Lespérance, F., & Rosberger, Z. (2003, May). “Broken hearts, heavy hearts: Narrative, distress and compliance after an infarct.” Symposium, on Love and Pathology. American Psychiatry Association (APA) 2003 Annual Meeting. Syllabus & Proceedings. San Francisco, USA.

Groleau, D. (2002, May). Between attachment network and romantic love in arranged marriage cases: The predicament of a young women arriving from Pakistan. American Psychiatry Association (APA) 2002 Annual Meeting. Syllabus & Proceedings Summary Proceedings. Philadelphia, USA.

Groleau, D. (2002, October). Culture, distress and poverty as a context for low breast-feeding rates among low-income French Canadians. Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture Annual Conference. Virginia, USA.

Groleau, D. (2002). L’observance après un infarctus: Une question de mesure, de culture populaire et de détresse. Conférence Franco Canadienne. XXIième Journée de la Société de L’Information Psychiatrique; la question des neurosciences. Québec. Suppl. P. 6, 628 juin.

Groleau, D. (2002, September). Sociocultural shaping of narratives on compliance after an infarct. Culture and Medical/Psychiatry Narratives Conference. University of Bristol, England.

Groleau, D. (2002, May). Between attachment network and romantic love in arranged marriage cases: The predicament of a young women arriving from Pakistan. American Psychiatry Association Annual Meeting (APA). Philadelphia.

Groleau, D., Kirmayer, L. J., & Blake, C. (2001, September). Process evaluation of the cultural consultation service. 2001 International Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. Santa-Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Groleau, D. (2001, September). Sociocultural determinants of compliance: From a positivist paradigme to an interpretative and critical one. 2001 International Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. Santa-Fe New Mexico, USA.

Groleau, D., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2001, May). Vietnamese immigrants, memory and body: Distress from emic and etic perspectives.  CASCA Annual Conference. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Groleau, D. (2000, October). Cultural idioms of distress and help-seeking among Vietnamese immigrants. SSPC International Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. Chantilly, France.

Hudon, E., & Groleau, D. (2000, April). The post myocardial infarctus: where we can help. QHR 2000 Proceedings: The Sixth Annual International Qualitative Health Conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Groleau, D. (2000, April). Cultural determinants of low prevalence of breastfeeding among Vietnamese. Proceedings of the Sixth Annual International Qualitative Health Research Conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Groleau, D. (1997, juin). Les déterminants culturels de la faible prévalence d’allaitement chez les immigrantes vietnamiennes à Sherbrooke: réorientation des interventions de promotion.  9e Journée de la recherche en médecine familiale et 1er Symposium sur la médecine familiale académique. Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Groleau, D., & Soulière, M. (1995, avril). L’adéquation culturelle des soins périnatals pour les immigrantes vietnamiennes: un pas important vers une meilleure accessibilité des services. Actes du congrès annuel du Congrès Annuel du Conseil Canadien de la Santé Multiculturelle. Montréal Québec, Canada.

Groleau, D. (1992, avril). L’anthropologie médicale appliquée à la recherche évaluative en santé communautaire. Congrès international d’anthropologie médicale et appliquée (C.A.S.C.A.). Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Groleau, D. (1992, avril). Nouveau modèle de recherche évaluative visant l’adéquation culturelle d’un programme de suivi périnatal.  Actes du congrès annuel du Conseil canadien de la santé multiculturelle. Whistler, Colombie-Britannique, Canada.

Groleau, D. (1990, septembre). Une approche interculturelle à la périnatalité.  Colloque Au carrefour de la nouvelle périnatalité. Association de la Santé Publique au Québec (A.S.P.Q.).

Groleau, D. (1989, avril). Adéquation culturelle des programmes de soins de santé primaires: Le cas Haïtien.  Colloque internationale: La Santé en Haïti: un défi collectif. Port-au-Prince, Haïti.

Groleau, D. (1989). Immigrantes jamaïquaines et rites de la maternité: vers l’adéquation culturelle d’un programme de santé périnatale. Actes du colloque “La condition des femmes immigrantes: En savoir davantage.” Centre des femmes immigrantes de Montréal. Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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