Fabrice Jollant, MD, PhD

Fabrice Jollant, MD, PhD, is adjunct professor in the Department of psychiatry at McGill University and full professor of psychiatry at Université de Paris (Paris-Descartes) and at Sainte-Anne Hospital (GHU Paris Psychiatrie et Neurosciences), Paris, France. He is also part of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) led by Pr. G. Turecki (https://mgss.ca/fabrice-jollant).

He received his MD at Paris-South University, and a MSc, a PhD and his specialty in psychiatry at Montpellier University, France. He has also been a fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's college London, UK. In 2010, he  was appointed assistant professor in the Departement of psychiatry at McGill University where he stayed 5 years.

Fabrice's main research axis is the study of suicidal behavior, including 1) neurocognition (with a specific focus on decision-making), and more recently 2) innovative treatments of the suicidal crisis, 3) epidemiology, and 4) research on suicide training. He is also involved in several training program on this theme (including use of simulation). 

See here the video of the inaugural lesson in 2018 (in French): https://vimeo.com/252482621

Fabrice has been interested in transcultural psychiatry for many years. In 2010, he started a unique collaboration with Charles Macdonald, anthropologist, for the study of suicide among the Palawans. This is an egalitarian and peaceful indigenous population of the Philippines, showing a very high rate of suicide but only in a small valley. This observation opened new perspectives on the effect of isolation, and related genetic and cultural mechanisms, on suicide occurence. Three missions were conducted on site in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The next one is planned in January 2020. See below for articles references related to this study. A movie of the 2014 mission (in French) can be found here: https://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=video&no...


Selected references

Jollant, F., & Macdonald, C. (2015). Endogamy and suicide: An observation-based hypothesis. Medical hypotheses, 85(5), 542-547.

Jollant, F., Malafosse, A., Docto, R., & Macdonald, C. (2014). A pocket of very high suicide rates in a non-violent, egalitarian and cooperative population of South-East Asia. Psychological medicine, 44(11), 2323-2329.

Jollant, F., Malafosse, A., Docto, R., & Macdonald, C. (2014). A pocket of very high suicide rates in a non-violent, egalitarian and cooperative population of South-East Asia. Psychol Med, 1-7.

Jollant, F., Guillaume, S., Jaussent, I., Bechara, A., & Courtet, P. (2013). When knowing what to do is not sufficient to make good decisions: deficient use of explicit understanding in remitted patients with histories of suicidal acts. Psychiatry Res210(2), 485-490.

Richard-Devantoy, S., Berlim, M. T., & Jollant, F. (2013). A meta-analysis of neuropsychological markers of vulnerability to suicidal behavior in mood disorders. Psychol Med, 1-11.

Guillaume, S., Perroud, N., Jollant, F., Jaussent, I., Olie, E., Malafosse, A. et al. (2013). HPA axis genes may modulate the effect of childhood adversities on decision-making in suicide attempters. J Psychiatr Res47(2), 259-265.

Richard-Devantoy, S., Guillaume, S., Olie, E., Courtet, P., & Jollant, F. (2013). Altered explicit recognition of facial disgust associated with predisposition to suicidal behavior but not depression. J Affect Disord.

Richard-Devantoy, S., Olie, E., Guillaume, S., Bechara, A., Courtet, P., & Jollant, F. (2013). Distinct alterations in value-based decision-making and cognitive control in suicide attempters: Toward a dual neurocognitive model. J Affect Disord.

Richard-Devantoy, S., & Jollant, F. (2012). [Suicide in the elderly: age-related specificities?]. Sante Ment Que37(2), 151-173.

McGirr, A., Jollant, F., & Turecki, G. (2012). Neurocognitive alterations in first degree relatives of suicide completers. J Affect Disord.

Turecki, G., Ernst, C., Jollant, F., Labonte, B., & Mechawar, N. (2012). The neurodevelopmental origins of suicidal behavior. Trends Neurosci35(1), 14-23.

Jollant, F., Lawrence, N. L., Olie, E., Guillaume, S., & Courtet, P. (2011). The suicidal mind and brain: A review of neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies. World J Biol Psychiatry12(5), 319-339.

Courtet, P., Gottesman, I., Jollant, F., & Gould, T. (2011). The neuroscience of suicidal behaviors: what can we expect from endophenotype strategies? Transl Psychiatr1.

Courtet, P., Guillaume, S., Malafosse, A., & Jollant, F. (2010). Genes, suicide and decisions. Eur Psychiatry.

Jollant, F., Lawrence, N. S., Olie, E., O’Daly, O., Malafosse, A., Courtet, P. et al. (2010). Decreased activation of lateral orbitofrontal cortex during risky choices under uncertainty is associated with disadvantageous decision-making and suicidal behavior. Neuroimage51(3), 1275-1281.

Olie, E., Guillaume, S., Jaussent, I., Courtet, P., & Jollant, F. (2010). Higher psychological pain during a major depressive episode may be a factor of vulnerability to suicidal ideation and act. J Affect Disord120(1-3), 226-230.

Guillaume, S., Jollant, F., Jaussent, I., Lawrence, N., Malafosse, A., & Courtet, P. (2009). Somatic markers and explicit knowledge are both involved in decision-making. Neuropsychologia47(10), 2120-2124.

Lawrence, N. S., Jollant, F., O’Daly, O., Zelaya, F., & Phillips, M. L. (2009). Distinct roles of prefrontal cortical subregions in the Iowa Gambling Task. Cereb Cortex19(5), 1134-1143.

Jollant, F., Buresi, C., Guillaume, S., Jaussent, I., Bellivier, F., Leboyer, M. et al. (2007). The influence of four serotonin-related genes on decision-making in suicide attempters. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet144B(5), 615-624.

Jollant, F., Lawrence, N. S., Giampietro, V., Brammer, M. J., Fullana, M. A., Drapier, D. et al. (2008). Orbitofrontal cortex response to angry faces in men with histories of suicide attempts. Am J Psychiatry165(6), 740-748.

Jollant, F., Guillaume, S., Jaussent, I., Bellivier, F., Leboyer, M., Castelnau, D. et al. (2007). Psychiatric diagnoses and personality traits associated with disadvantageous decision-making. Eur Psychiatry22(7), 455-461.

Jollant, F., Guillaume, S., Jaussent, I., Castelnau, D., Malafosse, A., & Courtet, P. (2007). Impaired decision-making in suicide attempters may increase the risk of problems in affective relationships. J Affect Disord99(1-3), 59-62.

Back to top