borderline personality disorder • youth protection services • prevalence
Dr. Laporte is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is a psychologist and the research director at the MUHC Personality Disorders Program. Through her work at the MUHC, Dr. Laporte has conducted research on psychosocial factors related to the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD), particularly in the areas of family relationships, dysfunctional parenting styles, and different types of childhood maltreatment. Her current research focuses on the effectiveness of treatment in a short term and extended-care treatment for people with BPD looking at changes before and after treatment and comparing changes observed over a similar time frame while on the wait list. This project also investigates if gains in treatment remain stable on follow-up.
Other research projects done in collaboration with Youth Protection Services (YPS), focuses on the development of a group therapy for parents with BPD and training for case workers who work with these parents, and on the mental health services trajectory of children and adolescents who are followed by YPS.
Her role as clinical and research consultant has led to a better understanding of the realities of families with mental illnesses involved with YPS, the difficulties of case workers in working with parents with BPD, and the chaotic trajectories of youth with mental illnesses who are followed by YPS.