Researchers

The Department of Psychiatry boasts over 100 researchers, who work together to promote world-class investigations on issues relevant to mental health. We have a diverse group of outstanding scientists who are internationally recognized, carrying out pioneering work in all research disciplines.

Researcher

Site

Focus Area of Research

jorge.armony [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Jorge Armony, PhD)

DMHUI

Emotion, fMRI, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

serge.beaulieu [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Serge Beaulieu, MD, PhD) DMHUI Affective disorders

chawki.benkelfat [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Chawki Benkelfat, MD)

R&T

Studies on brain serotonin synthesis in patients
with Borderline Personality Disorder and
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

veronique.bohbot [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Veronique Bohbot, PhD)

DMHUI

Auditory and visual spatial memory,
virtual reality, plasticity.

diane.boivin [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Diane Boivin, MD, PhD) DMHUI Sleep, circadian rhythms, affective disorders.

patricia.boksa [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Patricia Boksa, PhD)

DMHUI

Studies on pregnancy and birth complications
(C-section, perinatal hypoxia, 
infections in
utero) as risk factors for schizophrenia, using 
animal modeling.

john.breitner [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. John Breitner, MD)

DMHUI

Alzheimer's disease, epidemiology, clinical
trial methods, Alzheimer's disease prevention
trials.

mathieu.brodeur1 [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Mathieu Brodeur, PhD)

DMHUI

Schizophrenia, thought and perception, EEG,
contextual processing, episodic memory, fMRI.

Dr. Marie-Josée Brouillette, MD,FRCPC MUHC HIV and cognition
Rasch analysis
Interferon-alpha and depression

thomas.brown [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Thomas G. Brown, PhD)

DMHUI

Transdisciplinary studies into substance
abuse-related risky behaviour, 
specifically
impaired driving; randomized control trials of
substance abuse 
psychotherapeutice; applied
studies into evidence-informed substance 
abuse 
intervention and policy.

alain.brunet [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Alain Brunet, PhD)

DMHUI

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; assessment,
peritraumatic responses, 
longitudinal
studies, early interventions, neurobiological
correlates, 
neuroimaging.

jean.caron [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Jean Caron, PhD)

DMHUI

Social and psychiatric epidemiology.

nicolas.cermakian [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Nicolas Cermakian, PhD)

DMHUI

Circadian rhythms, clock genes, sleep
regulation.

bruno.debruille [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. J. Bruno Debruille, MD, PhD) DMHUI Neurophysiological model of communication of
affect and intent between schizophrenic adults
and their parents.
simon.ducharme [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Simon Ducharme, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)) MNI Neuropsychiatry, frontotemporal dementia, neuroimaging, brain development and aging

david.dunkley [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. David M. Dunkley, PhD)

JGH

Cognitive-personality vulnerability to depression,
self-critical perfectionism, longitudinal studies of
stress generation and stress reactivity models,
coping and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

salah.elmestikawy [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Salah El Mestikawy, PhD)

DMHUI

Neurobiology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy,
glutamatergic neurotransmission, animal
modeling, post-mortem examinations of human
neuropathologies.

frank.elgar [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Frank Elgar, PhD) Inst. 
for Health
& Social
Policy
Social and economic determinants of health and
human development.
mayada.elsabbagh [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD) R&T Autism
carl.ernst [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Carl Ernst, PhD) DMHUI Genomics, stem cell biology, advanced DNA
sequencing, epigenetics, neurodevelopmental
disorders, mood disorders, suicide.

catherine.fichten [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Catherine Fichten, PhD)

JGH

Cognitive-behaviour therapy - adults

Marie-Josee.Fleury [at] douglas.mcgill.ca (Dr. Marie-Josée Fleury, PhD)

DMHUI

Organizational and policy analysis; mental
health services evaluation; 
integrated service
networks; needs assessment.

cecilia.flores [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Cecilia Flores, PhD)

DMHUI

Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying
the effects of drugs of abuse 
and stressors on
brain plasticity and behavior and their
implications for 
psychopathology.

nancy.frasure-smith [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Nancy Frasure-Smith, PhD)

R&T

Psychosomatics; psychosocial factors in
adjustment to cardiovascular disease;

mechanisms linking psychosocial factors and
cardiac mortality (sudden cardiac 
death).

serge.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Serge G. Gauthier, MD)

DMHUI

Basic and clinical aspects of memory loss and
motor dysfunction; Alzheimer's 
disease,
Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease;
new therapeutic avenues.

kathryn.gill [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Kathryn Gill, PhD)

MGH

Clinical studies related to addiction treatment
outcome, dual diagnosis, 
pharmacotherapy;
biochemical, gene mapping and
pharmacogenetic studies 
in recombinant
inbred and congenic mice; mental health
issues of urban 
Native Americans and Inuit.

bruno.giros [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Bruno Giros, PhD)

DMHUI

Molecular neurobiology and
neuropsychopharmacology.

ian.gold [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Ian Gold, PhD)

Dept.
of
Philosophy

Philosophy of psychiatry

alain.gratton [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Alain Gratton, PhD)

DMHUI

Function and dysfunction of mesocorticolimibic
dopamine neurons; stress 
effects on central
motivational processes; neuropeptide
interactions with 
dopamine neurons.

danielle.groleau [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Danielle Groleau, PhD)

JGH

Psychocultural determinants of compliance
after a heart attack;hyperemesis 
gravicarum
in immigrant women; psychocultural 
determinants of low 
breastfeeding rates among
disadvantaged French Canadians, etc.

reut.gruber [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Reut Gruber, PhD)

DMHUI

Child development, ADHD and sleep studies.

lily.t.hechtman [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Lily Hechtman, MD)

MCH

Stimulant and multimodal treatment of children,
adolescents, and adults with attention deficit disorders.

srividya.iyer [at] douglas.mcgill.ca (Dr. Srividya Iyer, PhD) DMHUI Youth mental health and early intervention, especially for psychotic disorders in Canada and beyond

fabrice.jollant [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Fabrice Jollant)

DMHUI

Suicidal behavior, depression, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, decision-making, cognition, emotion

ridha.joober [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Ridha Joober, PhD) DMHUI Neuroleptic resistant schizophrenia;
load-responsivity of the frontal cortex in

first-degree relatives of schizophrenic patients.
sherif.karama [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Sherif Karama, MD, PhD) DMHUI neurobiological underpinnings of cognitive ability changes throughout the lifespan

suzanne.king [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Suzanne King, PhD)

DMHUI

Environmental and genetic risk factors for psychosis,
especially prenatal maternal stress: three on-going studies
of development in children exposed in utero to maternal
stress from a natural disaster.
http://www.douglas.qc.ca/researcher/suzanne-king

laurence.kirmayer [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD)

R&T

Cultural psychiatry; mental health of Inuit and
First Nations peoples; psychiatry in primary care;
epidemiology and ethnographic research;
metaphor in psychiatric theory and practice.

eric.latimer [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Eric A. Latimer, PhD)

DMHUI

Economic analysis of mental health programs;
Assertive Community 
Treatment; economic
issues related to supported employment for
people with 
severe mental illness.

martin.lepage [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Martin Lepage, PhD)

DMHUI

Cerebral organization of human memory in
healthy and psychiatric populations 
using
functional neuroimaging techniques such as
PET and fMRI.

marco.leyton [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Marco Leyton, PhD)

R&T

Role of dopamine and serotonin in substance
abuse, impulsive behavior and 
depression; PET
studies, drug challenges and acute
monoamine depletion.

eva.libman [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Eva Libman)

JGH

Sleep, chronic fatigue syndroms, behavioral
medicine.

giamal.luheshi [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Giamal N. Luheshi, PhD)

DMHUI

Neuro-immune interactions, sickness behaviour
and infection/inflammation.

ashok.malla [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Ashok Malla, MD) DMHUI Investigation of delay in treatment; impact of
early case detection; predictors 
and evaluation
of strategies to improve outcome, cognition and

psychopathology in early psychosis; controlled
evaluation of integrated 
treatment methods
and program development for and evaluation
of early 
intervention.

michael.meaney [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Michael Meaney, PhD)

DMHUI

Stress; steroids; peptides; aging; development;
individual differences; 
hormone receptors.

naguib.mechawar [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Naguib Mechawar, PhD)

DMHUI

Mood disorders, chemical neuroanatomy and 
adult brain neurogenesis.

roberta.palmour [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Roberta M. Palmour, PhD)

R&T

Genetic analysis of major psychiatric diseases,
in man and in model systems 
(experimental
animals and cultured cells); neurochemical
mechanisms in 
inherited metabolic diseases.

joel.paris [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Joel Paris, MD)

JGH

Studies on Borderline Personality Disorder
including long-term follow-up, biological and
psychological risk factors, childhood precursors
and assessment of underlying traits.

michel.perreault [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Michel Perreault, PhD)

DMHUI

Evaluation of health service systems and
development and validation of 
measures of
expectation and satisfaction of patients and
relatives regarding 
services for mental health.

jchristopher.perry [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. John Christopher Perry, MD)

JGH

Relationships between acceptance/rejection
feelings in children with serious 
behavior
problems. Correlates of emotional and
behavioral problems in 
children of mothers
with breast cancer.

myra.piat [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Myra Piat, PhD)

DMHUI

Recovery, mental health, consumer perspective,
participatory research, housing, peer support,
caregivers, qualitative methodology, evaluation
services, homelessness and mental illness.

judes.poirier [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Judes Poirier, PhD)

DMHUI

Alzheimer's/neurodegenerative diseases,
genetics and pharmacogenomics.

jens.pruessner [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Jens C. Pruessner, PhD)

DMHUI

Director, Aging and Alzheimer's Research
Theme.

Positron Emission Tomography; functional
Magnetic Resonance Imaging; 
structural
Magnetic Resonance Imaging;
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

remi.quirion [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Rémi Quirion, PhD)

DMHUI

Alzheimer's disease, neuropeptides,
neuroprotection, cell death and psychiatric
illnesses.

maria.rajah [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Maria Natasha Rajah, PhD)

DMHUI

Changes in the prefrontal cortex with age;
memory performance during normal 
aging;
aging and dementia: biological changes
associated with normal versus 
pathological
aging; event-related functional magnetic
resonance imaging.

amir.raz [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Amir Raz, PhD)

JGH

Clinical and cognitive neuroscience;
applied cognition.

joseph.rochford [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Joseph Rochford, PhD)

DMHUI

Behavioural pharmacology of learning, memory
and motivation; influence of 
learning on pain
sensitivity; behavioural effects of anxiolytic and 

antidepressant drugs; neuropharmacology of
attention.

pedro.rosa [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, MD, MSc, PhD)

DMHUI

Translational neuroimaging, human and animal
imaging, PET, MRI, neurodegenerative
disease, dementia. Director of Translational
Neuroimaging Laboratory.

cecile.rousseau [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Cecile Rousseau, MD)

CSSS

Cultural psychiatry; mental health and adaptation
of refugee children and adolescents from
Southeast Asia, Central America and Somalia.

norbert.schmitz [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Norbert Schmitz, PhD)

DMHUI

Psychiatric epidemiology,psychiatric-somatic
comorbidity, public mental health, 
depression
and chronic conditions, population based
studies, health related 
quality of life research,
measurement tools.

l.srivastava [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Lalit K. Srivastava, PhD)

DMHUI

Role of developmental mechanisms in the
etiopathology of schizophrenia, 
brain dopamine
receptor regulation, biochemical and genetic
studies on neural 
cell adhesion molecules.

howard.steiger [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Howard Steiger, PhD)

DMHUI

Onset, course and treatment of eating disorders.

florian.storch [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Florian Storch, PhD)

DMHUI

Circadian rhythms and mouse genetics.

brett.thombs [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Brett D. Thombs, PhD)

JGH

Etiology, assessment and treatment of
interrelated somatic and psychological

symptoms that are common in medical
illness, particularly cardiovascular and

rheumatic diseases. Transcultural Psychiatry.

jacques.tremblay2 [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Jacques Tremblay) DMHUI Clinical epidemiology in mental health;
community mental health planning; conduct of
clinical trials to test the effectiveness of
psychosocial and pharmacological treatments for
post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use
related disorders, and bipolar disorder; mixed
methods studies on trauma and global health in
developing countries.
gustavo.turecki [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD) DMHUI Suicide, depressive disorders, functional
genomics, epigenetics, early-life adversity,
gene-environment interaction, neurobiology
.

claire-dominique.walker [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Claire-Dominique Walker, PhD)

DMHUI

Influence of stress on reproductive functions
during lactation in the rat and  
developmental
aspects of the stress response.

robert.whitley [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Rob Whitley, PhD)

DMHUI

Research interests: the emerging recovery
paradigm in mental health; religion 
and mental
health; the mental health and mental health
service experience of 
immigrants and
ethno-cultural minorities; mental health in
developing  
countries; qualitative research.

sylvain.williams [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Sylvain Williams, PhD)

DMHUI

Studies on the cause of Alzheimer's Disease
using electrophysiology and other 
techniques to
better understand the physiological interactions
on neurons 
within the septum;  and the role of
pro-inflammatory cytokines on the 
modulation
of neuronal excitability, synaptic plasticity and
neuronal stem cell 
development.

takpan.wong [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Tak Pan Wong, PhD)

DMHUI

Impact of stress on the brain; studies of how
stress produces abnormality in 
synaptic
transmission and impairment of memory
formation; molecular 
mechanisms of synaptic
plasticity.

allan.young [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Allan Young, PhD)   Culture and somatization; the ethnography of
post-traumatic stress disorder; 
anthropology of
psychiatry.

simon.young [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Simon N. Young, PhD)

R&T

Behavioural neurochemistry

phyllis.zelkowitz [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz, EdD)

JGH

Perinatal mental health; psychosocial factors related to fertility health; risk factors for borderline pathology in adolescents; transitional care for children and families following Child Psychiatry Day Hospital treatment