Viviane Kovess-Masfety, MD, PhD

Pr Kovess-Masfety is adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at McGill. She was the director of the epidemiology biostatics department at EHESP (French National School of Public Health) and of a Paris 5 university research center in epidemiology and policy design in mental health which trained PhD students. Currently, she is an associate research member at EA4057 Institute of Psychology at Paris Descartes University, Paris, France. She has extensive experience in psychiatric epidemiology and has been responsible for mental health surveys on large population samples in diverse places. She is a participant in many international surveys, European (ESEMED) and worldwide (WMH initiative) a joined WHO/ Harvard long lasting project. She has done surveys in France and Europe on adults and children populations as from some developing countries such as Afghanistan and she will collect data in Georgia in a close future . She is also doing research on use of care for mental health problems in developed and developing countries, suicidal behaviors, and the relationships between religions, religiosity and mental health. She can supervise graduate and postgraduate students who want to conduct surveys or analyze data already collected.

Selected Publications

Kovess-Masfety, V., Aarnink, C., Otten, R., Bitfoi, A., Mihova, Z., Lesinskiene, S., Husky, M. (2018). Three-generation households and child mental health in European countries. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 10.1007/s00127-018-1640-9

Kovess-Masfety, V., Saha, S., Lim, C. C. W., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., . . . Collaborators, W. H. O. W. M. H. S. (2018). Psychotic experiences and religiosity: data from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. Acta Psychiatr Scand, 137(4), 306-315.

Cheng, S., Keyes, K. M., Bitfoi, A., Carta, M. G., Koc, C., Goelitz, D., . . . Kovess-Masfety, V. (2018). Understanding parent-teacher agreement of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ): Comparison across seven European countries. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res, 27(1). doi:10.1002/mpr.1589

Bajeux, E., Klemanski, D. H., Husky, M., Leray, E., Chan Chee, C., Shojaei, T., . . . Kovess-Masfety, V. (2018). Factors Associated with Parent-Child Discrepancies in Reports of Mental Health Disorders in Young Children. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. doi:10.1007/s10578

Kovess-Masfety, V., Van Engelen, J., Stone, L., Otten, R., Carta, M. G., Bitfoi, A., . . . Husky, M. (2017). Unmet Need for Specialty Mental Health Services Among Children Across Europe. Psychiatr Serv, 68(8), 789-795. doi:10.1176/

Kovess-Masfety, V., Sowa, D., Keyes, K., Husky, M., Fermanian, C., Bitfoi, A., . . . Pez, O. (2017). The association between car accident fatalities and children's fears: A study in seven EU countries. PLoS One, 12(8), e0181619. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181619

Kovess-Masfety, V., Evans-Lacko, S., Williams, D., Andrade, L. H., Benjet, C., Ten Have, M., . . . Gureje, O. (2017). The role of religious advisors in mental health care in the World Mental Health surveys. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 52(3), 353-367. doi:10.1007/s00127-016-1290-8

Kovess Masfety, V., Lesinskiene, S., Husky, M. M., Boyd, A., Ha, P., Fermanian, C., & Pez, O. (2017). Risk factors for child mental health problems in Lithuania: The role of parental nationality. Compr Psychiatry, 73, 15-22. doi:10.1016/j.comppsych.2016.10.010

Kovess-Masfety, V., Leray, E., Denis, L., Husky, M., Pitrou, I., & Bodeau-Livinec, F. (2016). Mental health of college students and their non-college-attending peers: results from a large French cross-sectional survey. BMC Psychol, 4, 20. doi:10.1186/s40359-016-0124-5

Kovess-Masfety, V., Keyes, K., Hamilton, A., Hanson, G., Bitfoi, A., Golitz, D., . . . Pez, O. (2016). Is time spent playing video games associated with mental health, cognitive and social skills in young children? Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 51(3), 349-357. doi:10.1007/s00127-016-1179-6

Kovess-Masfety, V., Husky, M. M., Keyes, K., Hamilton, A., Pez, O., Bitfoi, A., . . . Mihova, Z. (2016). Comparing the prevalence of mental health problems in children 6-11 across Europe. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 51(8), 1093-1103. doi:10.1007/s00127-016-1253-0

Kovess-Masfety, V., Husky, M., Pitrou, I., Fermanian, C., Shojaei, T., Chee, C. C., . . . Beiser, M. (2016). Differential impact of parental region of birth on negative parenting behavior and its effects on child mental health: Results from a large sample of 6 to 11 year old school children in France. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 123. doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0832-7

Kovess-Masfety, V., Pilowsky, D. J., Goelitz, D., Kuijpers, R., Otten, R., Moro, M. F., . . . Carta, M. G. (2015). Suicidal ideation and mental health disorders in young school children across Europe. J Affect Disord, 177, 28-35. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2015.02.008

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