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Suzanne King, PhD


Dr King is a researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre. She is currently completing a study aimed at increasing understanding of the ability of schizophrenia patients and controls to accurately perceive social cues, identify the emotions of a confederate, and attribute intentions to them, and to determine the kinds of neuropsychological abilities that underlie this capacity. As an extension of a recently completed pilot project, she is currently running a study whose goal is to understand the role of putative genetic and environmental etiological factors in determining family EE, illness presentation and outcome in schizophrenia patients. A new 2003 grant is permitting her lab to do the same study in people from the general population with varying degrees of subclinical psychotic symptoms. In addition, subjects from the general community will be matched to schizophrenia patients according to profile of risk factors, and the two groups compared to determine whether they differ in terms of stress reactivity (salivary cortisol) and/or coping strategies. Related to this interest in environmental risk factors for schizophrenia, a longitudinal study of the effects of stress on pregnant women who lived through the January 1998 Ice Storm, and on their babies, is in full swing with follow-up assessments of the children at age 5 years.

suzanne [dot] king [at] douglas [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (email) website

Selected Articles

Brenner, K., St-Hilaire, A., Liu, A., Laplante D. P., & King, S. (2011). Cortisol response and coping style predict quality of life in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2011.01.016

King, S., St-Hilaire, A., & Heidkamp, D. (2010). A review of prenatal factors in schizophrenia. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(4), 209–213.

Charil, A., Laplante D. P., Vaillancourt, C., & King, S. (2010). Prenatal maternal stress and brain development. Brain Research Reviews, 65, 56-79.

King, S., Mancini-Marïe, A., Brunet, A., Walker, E. F., Meaney, M. J., & Laplante, D. P. (2009). Prenatal maternal stress from a natural disaster predicts dermatoglyphic asymmetry in humans. Development & Psychopathology, 21, 343-353.

Brenner, K , Liu, A., Laplante, D. P., Lupien, S., Pruessner, J. C., Ciampi, A., Joober, R., King, S. (2009). Cortisol response to a psychosocial stressor in schizophrenia: Blunted, delayed or normal?  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 859-868.

Laplante, D. P., Brunet, A., Schmitz, N., Ciampi, A. & King, S., (2008). Project ice storm: Prenatal maternal stress affects cognitive and linguistic functioning in 5 ½ year old children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), 47(9), 1063 - 1072.

Laplante, D. P., Zelazo, P. R., Brunet, A., Barr, R. G., Galbaud du Fort, G., Meaney, M. J., Saucier, J.-F., Ciampi, A., & King, S. (2007). Functional play at 2 years of age:  Effects of prenatal maternal stress. Infancy12(1), 69-93.

Brenner, K., Schmitz, N., Pawliuk, N., Fathalli, F., Joober, R., Ciampi, A., & King, S. (2007). Validation of the CAPE with a Montreal community sample. Schizophrenia Research, 95(1-3), 86-95.

St-Hilaire, A., Holowka, D., Cunningham, H., Champagne, F., Pukall, M., & King, S. (2005). Explaining variation in the premorbid adjustment of schizophrenia patients: The role of season of birth and family history. Schizophrenia Research73(1), 39-48.

King, S., Laplante, D. P..(2005). The effects of prenatal maternal stress on children’s cognitive development: Project ice storm. Stress8(1), 35-45. 

King, S., Joober, R., & Laplante, D. P. (2005). Understanding putative risk factors for schizophrenia: Retrospective and prospective studies. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience30(5), 342-348.

Braehler, C., Holowka, D., Brunet, A., Beaulieu, S., Baptista, T., Debruille, J.-B., Walker, C-D., & King, S. (2005). Diurnal cortisol in schizophrenia patients with childhood trauma. Schizophrenia Research, 79(2-3), 353-354. 

Laplante, D. P., Barr, R. G., Brunet, A., Galbaud du Fort, G., Meaney, M., Saucier, J.-F., Zelazo, P.R., & King, S., (2004). Stress during pregnancy affects general intellectual and language functioning in human toddlers. Pediatric Research, 56(3), 400-410.

Holowka, D. W., King, S., Saheb, D., Pukall, M., & Brunet, A. (2003). Childhood abuse and dissociative symptoms in adult schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research60, 87-90.

King, S., Rochon, V., Ricard, N., Steiger, H., & Nelis, S. (2003). Determinants of expressed emotion in mothers of schizophrenia patients.  Psychiatry Research117(3), 211-222.

Brunet, A., St-Hilaire, A., Jehel, L., & King, S. (2003). Validation of a French version of the Impact of Event Scale-Revised. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry48(1), 56-61.

Lupien, S. J., King, S., Meaney, M. J., McEwen, B. S. (2001). Can poverty get under your skin?: Basal cortisol levels and cognitive function in children from low and high socioeconomic status. Development and Psychopathology13, 651-674.

King, S. (2000). Is expressed emotion cause or effect in the mothers of schizophrenic young adults?  Schizophrenia Research45(1-2), 65-78.

Lupien, S., King, S., Meaney, M. J., & McEwan, B. S. (2000). Child’s stress hormone levels correlate with mother’s socioeconomic status and depressive state. Biological Psychiatry48(10), 976-980.

Dixon, M., King, S., Cunningham, H., Champagne, F., Stip, E., & Cormier, H. (2000). Continuous performance test differences among schizophrenia patients living in high and low expressed emotion environments. Psychological Medicine30, 1141-1153.

King, S., & Dixon, M. (1999).  Expressed emotion and relapse in young schizophrenic outpatients.  Schizophrenia Bulletin25(2), 377-386.

King, S., & Dixon, M. (1996). The influence of expressed emotion, family dynamics and symptom type on the social adjustment of schizophrenic young adults.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 53, 1098-1104. 

King, S., Dixon, M. (1995). Expressed emotion, family dynamics, and symptom severity in a predictive model of social adjustment for schizophrenic young adults. Schizophrenia Research14, 121-132.

King, S., Lesage, A., & Lalonde, P. (1994). Psychiatrists’ ratings of expressed emotion. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 39(8), 358-360.

King, S. (1990). Background and family variables in a causal model of career maturity:  Comparing hearing and hearing impaired adolescents. The Career Development Quarterly38(3), 240-260.

King, S. (1990). Comparing two causal models of career maturity for hearing impaired adolescents. American Annals of the Deaf135(1), 43-49.

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