Jeffrey Derevensky appointed as James McGill Professor


The Faculty of Education is pleased to announce that Professor Jeffrey Derevensky, of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, has received the prestigious James McGill Professor award.

Created in parallel with the federal Canada Research Chair (CRC) program, the James McGill Professor award recognizes a tenured "scholar's status as an outstanding researcher of world-class caliber and an international leader in his or her field similar to that of a CRC Tier 1 chair holder." The appointment is effective from May 1, 2017. Nancy Heath, also of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, will see her James McGill Professorship renewed this year.

Jeffrey L. Derevensky is Chair of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours. His research has focused on child and adolescent high-risk behaviours. He is actively involved in multiple national and international research projects concerning youth with high-risk behaviours, including the development of school-based and community prevention strategies to reduce risks associated with addictive behaviors. His international recognition has positioned Dr. Derevensky to provide expert testimony before legislative bodies in several countries and to consult the World Health Organization. His work has resulted in important social policy and governmental changes. Dr. Derevensky is also an associate member of McGill's Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine.