I am a psychologist and an associate professor at the Department of Health at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Quebec, Canada) since 2006. I am co-holder of the VISAJ Research Chair on youth development, health and adaptation.
My background as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist has strongly influenced my desire to focus on the strengths and coping capacities of youth and their families. My research program, funded by national grants, focuses on risk and protective factors of psychosocial adaptation (e.g., psychological health, body satisfaction, self-esteem) among adolescents and emerging adults from the general population and Indigenous Peoples who have suffered child abuse. My research projects also include the impact of child cognitive abilities and intellectual disabilities of abused children in forensic settings. Besides, I have developed collaborative approaches that involve various Indigenous partners and communities in the research process and which recognize the unique strengths that each brings to the projects conducted.
I am a member of several research teams and centres, including CRIPCAS (Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intimate Relationship and Sexual Abuse), EVISSA (Health and Sexual Violence Research Team), both funded by the FRQSC, and Trajetvi (Trajectories of abused women in vulnerable situations; e.g., Indigenous women, women living in remote areas, adolescents) funded by SSHRC. I am also member of the Centre for Investigative Interviewing (Australia).