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Canadian Research Chair

The goal of the Canadian Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health, directed by Francine de Montigny, is to gain a better understanding of both the psychosocial health of fathers and mothers in the perinatal period and the related determinants (risk and protective factors), and to intervene more effectively, through exemplary professional practices, with respect to fathers and mothers with young children. The research looks at the development paths of fathers and mothers in various contexts of vulnerability, with special attention to men’s health-related behaviour. Mental health, perinatal death, immigration and poverty are examples of the contexts of vulnerability that are studied. At the heart of the Chair’s program is the development of concrete, innovative avenues for consolidating health care for families, as well as for strengthening nurses’ roles with respect to families and within interdisciplinary teams. Moreover, the Chair is a member of the Regroupement pour la Valorisation de la Paternité (Group for the promotion of fatherhood).



Francine de Montigny has been a Professor in the Department of Nursing at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) for over twenty years. She has extensive expertise in the field of transition during childbirth, analysis of professional practices, and fatherhood in vulnerable situations. In addition to holding the Canada Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health, she also heads the Centre for Studies and Research on Family Health Intervention (CERIF) and the Research Group on Men’s Mental Health during the Postnatal Period and Primary Care Practices. As a nurse, she has excellent knowledge of professional practices in the primary health and community services sector in Quebec. She has significant experience in leading multisite studies using a variety of methodologies.

Prof. de Montigny received the Pythagore award in the field of Health Sciences during the 5th Pythagore Gala of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), which was held on October 18, 2013. She was also honoured on November 1st, 2013, on the occasion of the 25-year reunion of the Université de Montréal’s class of 1998. Prof. de Montigny was inducted into the Université du Québec’s Cercle d’excellence in 2011. That same year, she received the Florence award for research from the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec[PR1] (Quebec Order of Nurses). In 2007, she received UQO’s prize for excellence in research in recognition of all the projects she had led. She is well-respected at the provincial, national, and international levels in the field of research on family health, as has been acknowledged by the leadership award she received in 2009 from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), which recognized among other things the applied nature of her research. She is a member of the Quebec Public Health Association’s committee for the promotion of parental engagement (comité de promotion de l’engagement paternal). She has an excellent reputation among her colleagues and partners, encouraging researchers to be actively involved in designing, planning, and conducting research projects that are both scientifically grounded and relevant in the areas of health, society, and education.


Awards and distinctions

2014 Nominated for a Connection Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. May 9.
2013 Personality of the year in health, Radio Canada, Ottawa/Gatineau.

2013 Personality of the week, Radio Canada, Ottawa/Gatineau.

2013 Les visionnaires, Radio-Canada (CBC).
2013 Class of 1988 award (Career award), University of Montreal Alumni Association.
2013 Pythagore Gala Award – Health (Career Award) Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
2013 Clinical Innovation Regional Award, ORIIO ($2,000). Nominated for the provincial award.
2013 ORIIO tribute evening.
2013-2016 Grant recipient of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, Junior 2. ($252,000)
2011 Distinction award. ORIIO.
2011 Cercle d’excellence of the Université du Québec. Université du Québec.
2011 Florence award for research. Quebec Order of Nurses.
2010-2015 Canada Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health. ($500,000)
2009 Personality of the week. Le Droit/Radio Canada.
2009 Leadership award for perinatality. AWHONN Canada.
2008-2012 Grant recipient of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, Junior 1. ($350,888)
2007 Excellence in research award. UQO. ($3,000)
2007 Mention by the Quebec Minister of Education. MEQ. ($1,500)
2005 Award for Excellence in Educational Administration. UQO. ($3,000)
1999-2001 Doctoral research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). ($35,240)

1998 Excellence Award for best book of the year (APIDES).
1991 Excellence Award for best article of the year (APIDES).
1986-1988 Recipient of FCAR grant for graduate studies in Nursing ($12,500).