Past Students

Spring 2014 Pilot2014-2015 Cohort

2014-2015 Cohort

Emmanuelle L. Bolduc, Masters in Psychiatry

Supervisors: Dr. Lucie Nadeau and Dr. Cécile Rousseau

Topic: Access to Youth Mental Health: A comparison between English- and French-speaking immigrants and non-immigrants in a Montreal urban area

Emmanuelle Bolduc is a M.Sc. Student in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (2010) and a MBA specialized in International development and Humanitarian Action (2012) from Université Laval. Her research project aims to examine the differences and similarities in terms of access to Youth Mental Health (YMH) care services for immigrants and non-immigrants, comparing between English- and French-speaking individuals in a Montreal urban area. Her work will also document case studies of complex linguistic portraits of families requesting YMH services and the professional perceptions of the obstacles to access in terms of language barriers and the use of interpreters in Health & Social Service Centres. Results from this study will help finding tools to promote optimal communication in YMH settings, including interpretation services.

Rosalie Dumas, B.A. in psychology

Supervisor: Yvan Leanza, Université Laval        

Topic: Exploring Patients’ Experiences, Expectations and Needs Regarding Health Care Access and Use: A Comparative Study of Francophone and Anglophone Patients in Quebec-City

Rosalie Dumas will complete her bachelor degree at Laval University in April 2015. She works in collaboration with another undergraduate student, Claudia Tremblay, under the supervision of Yvan Leanza, PhD. and Rhéa Rocque, a doctoral student. Rosalie’s work focuses on the elaboration and validation of an interview grid for Rhéa’s doctoral research. This particular research aims to investigate the experience of migrant patients and Quebecker patients and more precisely, explores what patients appreciate or depreciate about their relationship with their doctor. The two groups will be compared to investigate possible intercultural differences. Her project with the IHSP consists to explore patients’ expectations and needs regarding healthcare access and use in Quebec-City whilst comparing Anglophone and Francophone patients’ experiences.

Rhéa Rocque, PhD in Psychology

Supervisor: Yvan Leanza, Université Laval        

Topic: Exploring Patients’ Experiences, Expectations, and Needs Regarding Health Care Access and Use: A Comparative Study of Francophone and Anglophone Patients in Quebec-City

Rhéa Rocque is a doctoral student in Psychology at Laval University. Her general research interests are in the fields of intercultural psychology and health psychology. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her honours thesis explored the way Sub-Saharan African immigrants and refugees conceptualize mental illness, and the potential influence these representations may have on their health service use and their adaptation in Canada. Her PhD research explores intercultural communication in healthcare settings. More precisely, she is interested in exploring Anglophone and Francophone patients’ experiences in accessing and using care.   

Claudia Tremblay, B.A. in psychology

Supervisor: Yvan Leanza, Université Laval        

Topic: Exploring patients’ experiences, expectations, and needs regarding health care access and use: a comparative study of Francophone and Anglophone patients in Quebec City

Claudia Tremblay is a bachelor student in psychology, at Laval University. She works on a research project in the Psychology and Culture laboratory. This project is supervised by a doctoral student, Rhea Rocque. Anglophone and Francophone patients are interviewed about their experiences regarding health care access and use in Quebec City. With her colleague Rosalie Dumas, Claudia works more specifically on developing and testing the interview grid and on conducting qualitative analysis. She is also interested in cultural diversity, immigration, humanitarian projects and intervention in those situations. Claudia aspires to do a Masters in social work and to continue studying the immigrant population.

Yue Zhao

Originally from China Mainland, I am undertaking PhD studies in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University, Montreal. My research interests are to examine: the psychological adaptation processes of acculturation experienced by people moving from one culture to another; the effect of language barriers on access to healthcare services for linguistic minorities; and cross-cultural differences in psychopathology. I embarked on clinical psychology training to better comprehend the human psyche, to identify and explain individual and cultural differences, and to note how these are reflected in mental health. 

Spring 2014 cohort

James Falconer, PhD in Sociology

Supervisor: Amelie Quesnel-Vallee         

Topic: Disparities in Access to Health Care Among Official-Language Minorities in Quebec

James Falconer is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Sociology at McGill University, and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Lethbridge.  His research pursuits include social epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative methods, medical sociology, social capital, criminology, deviance, and social control.  He has published work on Anglophone health in Québec, and on qualitative participatory-action fieldwork research methods.  His dissertation research will investigate the population health impact of changing health care policy in developed countries over the past three decades.

Sumin Na, PhD in Counselling Psychology

Supervisor: Laurence Kirmayer

Topic: Examining barriers to mental health care among English-speaking ethno-cultural communities in Montreal

Sumin Na is a Doctoral student in Counselling Psychology at McGill. She completed her BA in Psychology at McGill and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria. In collaboration with her research supervisor, Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, her doctoral research aims to examine barriers to mental health care among immigrants in Canada. Specifically, she seeks to better understand how mental health literacy, stigma, and cultural mistrust may influence the perceptions of mental health care in Asian immigrant communities. Sumin has also been involved in research projects examining the experiences of racial and religious microaggressions among visible and religious minorities in Montreal. She aspires to work with diverse ethno-cultural communities in Canada as a practicing psychologist, researcher, and social justice advocate.


Katerina Nikolitch, MSc in Psychiatry

Supervisor: Eric Jarvis

Topic: Quality Follow-up in English and Other-language Minorities in a First Episode Psychosis Clinic in Montreal

Katerina Nikolitch is a Psychiatry resident and a M.Sc. student in Transcultural Psychiatry. Her research interests include access to health care for immigrant and Aboriginal minorities, healthcare disparities, suitability for and benefits of psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. Her clinical work involves the Inuit populations in Nunavik, as well as a variety of visible and language minority patients in Montreal. Her project under IHSP will be looking at the quality of follow-up for Francophones and non-Francophones in a first-episode psychosis clinic in Montreal. Results from this study may help illuminate the importance of language matching in accessing mental health services for populations with severe and persistent mental illness. 

Norma Ponzoni,  PhD in Educational Psychology    

Supervisors: Sean Clarke; Antonia Arnaert

Topic: Understanding the Professional Development Needs of Frontline Nurses Providing care to Anglophone Minorities in Montreal and Northern Quebec

Norma Ponzoni is a Doctoral student in the Department of Education and Counselling Psychology.  She has also been a nurse since 1998 and a Nurse Educator since 2002.  Her research interest focuses on the training and development of nurses and the integration of technology to facilitate access to continuing education.  Her fellowship will focus on the exploration of the professional development needs of frontline nurses providing care to Anglophone minorities in Montreal and Northern Quebec. Prior to her doctoral research, Norma completed her MSc in Nursing at the University of Montreal and her MEd in Education at the University of Sherbrooke.

Emily Yung, Masters in Psychiatry

Supervisor: Nancy Low

Topic: The association between language and mental health status in English-speaking young adults in Quebec

Emily Yung is a Masters student in the Department of Psychiatry of McGill Universty and holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) from the University of Western Ontario (2012). Her masters research seeks to understand the relationship between childhood adversity and metabolic outcomes in people with depression and bipolar disorder. She joined the Institute of Health and Social Policy in 2014, conducting research examining whether differences exist in both received and perceived mental health care between English- and French-speaking young adults in Quebec. The goals of this project are to understand not only the role of language in mental health outcomes but also the barriers and facilitators of seeking mental health care among young adults. With this research, Emily hopes to be able to inform policy-making and health care systems of the mental health needs critical in young adulthood to ultimately improve outcomes in language-speaking minorities.