Marie Brossard-Racine

Academic title(s): 

Canada Research Chair in Brain and Child Development

Associate Professor

Marie Brossard-Racine
Contact Information

Mailing Address: 5252 boul. de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC, H4A 3S5, Canada

Research Lab: Advances in Brain and Child Development Research Laboratory, 



Email address: 
marie.brossardracine [at]
Assistant Professor, OT program

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology, Children’s National Medical Center/Georges Washington University, Washington DC (USA)
PhD Rehabilitation Science, McGill University, Montreal QC (Canada)
BSc Occupational Therapy, Université de Montréal, Montreal QC (Canada)

Teaching areas: 

Pediatric, Neurodevelopment

Current research: 

Dr. Brossard-Racine’s research program aims to understand the underlying mechanisms of function and dysfunction in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research approach combines advanced quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques with clinically relevant standardized evaluations to promote early detection of non-optimal brain and/or functional development in at-risk pediatric populations. Central to her program is the search for biomarkers of dysfunction as well as for effective intervention strategies that will enhance brain recovery, support the child’s healthy development and inform service delivery.

Research Keywords: child developmental, neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroimaging, plasticity, brain injury, early-intervention, behavior, motor skills


Selected publications: 

Bolduc, M.E.*, Dionne, E.*, Gagnon, I., Rennick, J., Majnemer, A., & Brossard-Racine, M. (2020). Motor impairments in children with congenital heart defects: A Systematic review. Pediatrics. 146 (6) e20200083. doi:

Fontes, K.*, Courtin, F.*, Rohlicek, C., Saint-Martin, C., Gilbert, G., Easson, K.*, Majnemer, A., Marelli, A., Chakravarty, M.M., & Brossard-Racine, M. (2020). Characterizing the subcortical structures in youth with congenital heart disease. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 41(8): 1503-1508. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A6667

​Easson, K.*, Rohlicek, C.V., Houde, J.-C., Gilbert, G., Saint-Martin, C., Fontes, K.*, Majnemer, A., Marelli, A., Wintermark, P., Descoteaux, M., & Brossard-Racine, M. (2020). Quantification of apparent axon density and orientation dispertion in the white matter of youth born with congenital heart disease. NeuroImage. 205:116225.​ doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116255

Fontes, K.*, Rohlicek, C.V., Saint-Martin, C., Gilbert, G., Easson, K.*, Majnemer, A., Marelli, A., Chakravarty, M.M., & Brossard-Racine, M. (2019). Hippocampal alterations and functional correlates in adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease. Human Brain Mapping. 40(12): 3548-3560. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24615

Abda, A.*, Tsimicalis, A., Rennick, J., Bolduc, M.E.*, Vatcher, D.*, Brossard-Racine, M. (2018). Psychosocial Outcomes of Children and Adolescents with Complex Congenital Heart Defect: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 44(4):463-477. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy085

Bolduc, M.E.*, Lamber, H., Ganeshamoorthy, A.*, Brossard-Racine, M. (2018). Structural brain abnormalities in youth with congenital heart defect: a systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 60(12):1209-1224. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.13975

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