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Laurence Roy

Position: Assistant Professor; Chercheur régulier, Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas

Building: Davis House, 3654 Promenade Sir-William-Osler

Office Room: DB1

Mailing Address: 3654 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Lab Room: Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas

laurence [dot] roy [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Education: B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy), Université de Montréal; PhD (Sciences Biomédicales (option Réadaptation)), Université de Montréal ; Postdoc (Psychiatry) McGill University.


OCC1 618: Applied OT psychosocial theory – The art of practice

OCC1 622: Community-based Occupational Therapy

Research Description: Dr. Roy’s research focuses on social integration, occupational engagement and recovery of adults who live with mental illness or psychosocial challenges, particularly in the areas of housing, homelessness, education and justice involvement.  She is co-leading a follow-up study of the At Home/Chez soi project, a multi-site Canadian project of Housing First for adults who are homeless and live with mental illness. She also has an interest in knowledge translation initiatives, particularly around the position of occupational therapy in the field of homelessness, and of intersectoral work of mental health, social services and justice services with and for persons who experience both residential instability and mental illness.

Research Funding:

  • Co-investigator of a CIHR Operating Grant entitled « Examining the interplay between victimization, justice involvement and housing among homeless mentally ill men and women: A longitudinal study » (PI : Nicholls, T.L., Co-Is : Crocker, A.G., Hwang, S., Krausz, R., Latimer, E., Somers, J.)
  • Co-investigator of a FRQ-S Subvention d’équipe Santé et société : « Programme de recherche interdisciplinaire en intégration sociale des personnes vulnérables manifestant des comportements perturbateurs » (PI : Crocker, A.G., Co-Is : Côté, G., Morin, D., Larue, C., Bernheim, E., Rivard,M.)

Laurence is now accepting applications from students interested in pursuing their MSc / PhD in the Graduate Research Program.

Research Keywords: Mental health, housing, homelessness, social integration, recovery

Selected publications:

Roy L, Crocker AG, Nicholls T, Latimer E and Reyes Ayllon A. (2014). Criminal behavior and victimization among mentally ill homeless individuals: A systematic review. Psychiatric Services, 65(6): 739-750.

Reyes A, Crocker AG, Weinstein K, Roy L and Caron J. (2013). Impulsiveness and antisocial behaviors in men and women: An epidemiological general population study in the Southwest of Montreal. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12(4): 244-254.

Roy L, Rousseau J, Fortier P and Mottard JP. (2013). Patterns of daily time use of young adults with or without first-episode psychosis. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 29(3): 232-245.

Roy L., Rousseau J, Fortier P and Mottard JP. (2013). Transitions to adulthood in first-episode psychosis: A comparative study. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 7(2): 162-169.

Roy L, Rousseau J, Fortier P and Mottard JP. (2013). Housing and home-leaving experiences of young adults with psychotic disorders: A qualitative comparative study. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(5)515-527.

Roy L, Rousseau J, Fortier P and Mottard JP. (2009). Perception of community functioning in young adults with recent-onset psychosis: implications for practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(10): 424-433.