Sylvana Côté

Prof. Sylvana Côté (PhD 2001, Psychology, University of Montreal) holds a joint appointment between the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal and the Bordeaux Population Health INSERM UNIT1219 at the University of Bordeaux. She holds the IdeX (Initiative of Excellence) Chair and directs the INSERM Life Span Health Promotion team. She studies the family and individual factors for mental health and academic success using population-based cohort data and experimental designs. Her work is grounded in the developmental and life span approaches. scholar.google.ca/citations

Post-doctoral Fellows

Pascale Domond

Dr. Pascale Domond has joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. She completed her B.Sc. in Psychology at the University Iberoamericana (UNIBE, Dominican Republic), and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). Her research interests lie in contextual risks and protective factors for disadvantaged children, including the mechanisms by which family socio-economic status, parenting style, and school environment influence their cognitive, bio-psychosocial, and mental health development. She is interested in understanding these issues from a lifespan and intergenerational perspective. She also seeks to understand how interventions, during sensitive periods of life, lead to academic achievement and adult well-being. Her current projects focus on investigating the effects of early child care on children’s development from school entry to adulthood and examining the conditions under which it fosters economic and social mobility across generations.

Catherine Laporte

Catherine Laporte is a general practitioner based in France. Her research interests revolve around use and addiction to psychoactive substances, analgesics and behavioral disorders in primary care. She obtained her PHD in 2016 and has been a lecturer since 2017. She organized a national RCT on the screening and management of young cannabis users by MG. Her goal for her post-doctoral fellowship is to explore the link between executive and cognitive functions during childhood and substance use in adolescence in the ELDEQ database.

Massimiliano Orri

Massimiliano Orri received his training in both psychology (BSc and MSc, University of Padua Italy and PhD, University Paris Descartes France) and public health (MSc methodology and statistics, University Paris Sud and Postdoc, University of Bordeaux France). He is currently a Marie-Curie and CIHR postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (McGill Group for Suicide Studies and Research Unit on Children Psychosocial Maladjustment). Massimiliano’s current research focuses on childhood risk factors for suicidal behaviours across the lifespan in population-based cohorts. researchgate.net scholar.google.ca/citations

Julie Salla

Julie Salla received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bordeaux. Her work was centered on the study of well-being, health, and achievement among young pupils and athletes. Her research focuses on the development of interventions that promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents. Currently, she is working on a control trial intervention which aims to promote the development of social competencies and emotional adjustment of preschoolers in France.

Francis Vergunst

Francis Vergunst is a post-doctoral researcher in developmental public health at University of Montreal. His current research focuses on childhood self-control and its long-term association with unemployment and low earnings. The aim of this work is to improve understanding of early childhood predictors of adverse employment outcomes, including the causal pathways that underlie these associations, so that they can be used to inform the development of early intervention programs and social policy initiatives. Francis previously completed a PhD at University of Oxford where he examined the use of compulsory interventions in psychiatry and how they affect patients’ long-term social situation. He holds an MSc in mental health studies from King’s College London and a BSc in psychology from University of Aberdeen. He is funded by a Québec health research post-doctoral fellowship (FRQS).

PhD Candidates

Marilyn Ahun

Marilyn Ahun received her BA in Honours Psychology from McGill University and is currently a Vanier doctoral scholar in public health with a focus on health promotion (University of Montreal). Her research focuses on the early childhood environment and how it influences children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development across the lifespan. The aim of her doctoral thesis is to investigate underlying mechanisms of the associations between post-partum maternal depression and children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development. researchgate.net

Myriam Clément

Myriam Clément obtained her bachelor degree in nursing sciences at the University of Montreal and her master degree in the same field at the University of Quebec in Outaouais. She practiced nursing mostly in perinatal and in mental health. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in public health, focussing on health promotion. Her research interest is the path of resiliency in children with a difficult temper and the contributing protective factors in the environment.

Marie-Pier Larose

Marie-Pier Larose obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Montreal (2015), after which she began a master’s degree in Public Health and took a fast track to the Ph. D program under Dr. Côté’s supervision. Since then, her research interests generally focus on biological and genetic mechanisms linking early life adversity to disruptive behaviours. She aims to investigate social embodiment from infancy to adulthood and the role of childcare services attendance on children’s development using the longitudinal population-based study ALSPAC and the Brindami cluster-randomized trial.

Talia Losier

Talia Losier obtained a psychology bachelor’s degree with honours in 2014. She then went on to pursue a master’s degree in psychology where she studied short-term memory and visual attention using electrophysiology. She is now a Ph.D candidate in public health with a focus on health promotion. Her research interests include childhood cognition, graduation, and early childhood family and educational environments.

Marie Navarro

Marie Navarro is a biostatistics engineer in the Healthy team of INSERM unit Bordeaux Population Health (U1219) in Bordeaux, France. After undergraduate training in biology at Pau University, she received a Master degree in biostatistics at the Bordeaux School of Public Health (ISPED) of Bordeaux University in France. Her current research interests are: 1) Developmental trajectories of internalizing disorders from early childhood to adulthood; 2) Machine learning aiming to identify environmental and genetic factors associated to internalizing disorders; and 3) Gene-environment interactions.

Sinziana Oncioiu

Sinziana Oncioiu is a doctoral student in Public Health Epidemiology at the University of Bordeaux. Her research focuses on the role of early childhood education and care on peer-victimization development in a life course perspective. Sinziana is a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in Public Health Epidemiology from Karolinska Institute (Sweden). Previously she worked as a trainee for the European Commission and the European Society for Prevention Research. Sinziana has a strong interest in causal inference, intervention research, and the uptake of scientific evidence into policymaking.

Master’s Students

Mallaury Leon

Mallaury is in the second year of a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University of Bordeaux. She is doing an internship with the GRIP for 6 months. Her research objectives are to study the contribution of both perinatal and at early life factors to the intensity and directionality of mental health symptoms in adolescence.

Administrative Staff of the research unit on psychosocial maladjustment

Bachira Azzouni

Aida Santos



Qian Xu