A licensed clinical psychologist, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare, Associate Professor in the McGill School of Social Work and recently appointed the Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Social Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, I have developed a strong interest in research and clinical topics related to child maltreatment, child sexual abuse, and trauma. I have been the principal investigator of several substantial provincial and federal grants, including Insight Grant from SSHRC, and Programme des actions concertées from the Fonds Québécois de Recherche(FQR). I have led and collaborated on significant projects on mental health, family violence and service provision with key organizations in Québec, including the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC). Overall, my research has contributed to an understanding of epidemiological trends in child sexual abuse, of child protection responses to reports of child sexual abuse cases, of trauma-related needs of children and adolescents from different health and social services settings (e.g. youths in out-of-home care), and of trauma-related service provision in child protection agencies and health. Since joining McGill 2007, I have also been a co-investigator on numerous projects and on team networks funded through CIHR, SSHRC, and FQR that cover a wide range of topics including child mental health, family dynamics, childhood ethics, and intervention programs. In all projects that I am involved in, I closely collaborate with partners from the communities as a means to contribute to building effective and meaningful practices and policies that directly and positively impact vulnerable populations of children and youths, and their families.
My current projects include
- Uncovering Pathways and Processes of Sexual Abuse
- Implantation du modèle « Attachement, Régulation, et Compétences » dans des unités de réadaptation de cinq Centres jeunesses du Québec : Évaluation pilote
Ongoing analyses of child sexual abuse trends and of child protection responses to these reports