Régine Debrosse, Assistant Professor & William Dawson Scholar

Dr. Régine Debrosse’s program of research focuses on how Black, Indigenous, and people of color navigate contexts that were not designed with them in mind. A first line of work centers on the negotiation of complex and at times conflicting identities, notably in contexts emerging from immigration and racial marginalization. Another focuses on leveraging communities of color's existing strengths to support their individual and collective goals. Ultimately, her research aims to invest in communities by identifying naturally emerging paths towards action and by developing programs that foster such paths in partnership.  


She laid the foundation for this program of research while pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology from McGill University. She then extended this research as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Education and Social Policy and Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois, before coming back to McGill University as a professor in the School of Social Work. Together with her research, her experiences heading a non-profit and conducting community projects reaffirmed her dedication to social justice and to using research to bring social change.


Selected publications

In press: Debrosse, R., Destin, M., Rossignac-Milon, M., Rogers, L. O., & Taylor, D. M. (In press). Immigrant adolescents’ roots and dreams: Perceived mismatches between ethnic identities and career aspirations predict school engagement. Self & Identity. Doi: 10.1080/15298868.2018.1523223

2018: Debrosse, R., Rossignac-Milon, M., Taylor, D. M., & Destin, M. (2018). Can identity conflicts impede the success of ethnic minority students? Consequences of discrepancies between ethnic and ideal selves. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 1725–1738. Doi: 10.1177/0146167218777997


2018: Debrosse, R., Rossignac-Milon, M., & Taylor, D. M. (2018). When ‘who we are’ and ‘who I desire to be’ seem disconnected: Introducing collective/personal self-discrepancies and investigating their relations with minority students’ psychological health. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 255–268. Doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2320

2017: Destin, M., & Debrosse, R. (2017). Upward Social Mobility and Identity. Current Opinions in Psychology, 18, 99–104. Doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.08.006

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