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Marie-Claude Geoffroy

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Associate Member, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University 



Marie-Claude Geoffroy
Contact Information

Education building, Room 506

Email address: 
marie-claude.geoffroy [at] mcgill.ca
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Marie-Claude Geoffroy is clinician scientist whose research deals with the bio-psycho-social determinants of suicide as studied from a developmental perspective. She and her research team are using large epidemiological samples and working with psychiatric patients to better understand what make young people at risk for suicide to help them achieving a life worth living. Dr. Geoffroy’s laboratory has made important contributions to our understanding of the impact of adverse experiences on suicide and identification of key protective factors such as social support that can be leverage through intervention. She is also a registered psychologist offering training in suicide risk assessment and brief interventions. Dr. Geoffroy has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, which have been widely cited, as well as 2 book chapters. She is the recipient of many awards for her research including a prestigious Canada Research Chair, Tier-2 and a FRQS clinician-scientist award. Her research are currently supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Geoffroy is involved in the research committee of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Children’s Development led by Institut de la Statistique du Québec, a large representative cohort of youth born in late nineties and she is the Co-Director of the Biopsychosocial Analyses of Mental Health research platform of the Quebec Network for Suicide, Mood Disorders, and Related Disorders; providing opportunities to explore genetic and epigenetics mechanisms of mental health using data from biological materials (hair, saliva, blood). She is the Director of the Groupe de recherche sur l’inadaptation psychosociale de l’enfant (GRIP) at McGill University; an interuniversity and interdisciplinary research center composed of 50 researchers (11 at McGill) from seven universities and seven disciplines centered around development of children and adolescents.

Dr. Geoffroy did her postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at the University College London Institute of Child Health under the mentorship of Professor Christine Power. She received her PhD at University of Montreal under the supervision of Professors Sylvana Côté and Jean Séguin. Her thesis was a finalist for a pancanadian best thesis award and was named best thesis in social sciences and humanities by the University of Montréal. She is now an assistant professor at McGill University in School/Applied Child Psychology. She is also an associate member in the Department of Psychiatry



Postdoctoral fellowship in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London Institute of Child Health (United Kingdom).


PhD in Clinical Psychology, Université de Montréal, Top 2%, Finalist for the CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards, the only thesis to be suggested by Université de Montréal for the 2011 competition.


Residency in Psychology, Montreal Children Hospital

Research areas: 
Developmental Psychopathology
Areas of expertise: 

Developmental Psychopathology, Suicide, Self-Harm, Depressive Disorders, Mental Health, Children/Adolescents, Epidemiology, Adversity, Resilience 

Office hours: 

On appointment 

Current research: 

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth.

The Youth Suicide Prevention research team want to understand what make young people at risk for suicide to help them achieving a life worth living. We analyze data from large samples of individuals followed from birth to adulthood and tests the effectiveness of preventive interventions

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


Nomination by the Faculty of Education for the Principal’s Prizes for Outstanding Emerging Researchers, McGill University


Canada Research Chair (Tier-2), Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Excellence Research Travel Award, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Clinician Scientist Award (Junior 1), Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé


IDEX Visiting Scholars Program, University of Bordeaux, France


Honor certificate from Institut de la Statistique du Québec for outstanding contribution to the

Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development Cohort (QLSCD)


Young Investigator of the Year, International Academy of Suicide Research and the /World Congress on Suicide


Among researchers most cited by the general media at Université de Montréal



Valedictorian speech at the graduation ceremony of Université de Montréal recognizing the excellence of my PhD thesis (best thesis in social sciences) (To view the speech,  click HERE).


Finalist for the CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards, the only thesis in Social Sciences and Humanities to be recommended by the Université de Montréal for the 2011 competition.

Graduate supervision: 
Selected publications: 

See my google scholar profile here.

Professional activities: 

Clinical Psychologist for Children and Adolescent 
Depressive Disorders Program, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University

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