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Research team

Université du Québec en Outaouais members

Francine de Montigny, PhD (nursing) is the scientific leader of the team. She is a senior FRSQ Scholar and holds the Canada Research Chair on the Psychosocial Health of Families. As part of the team, her work focuses on reproductive issues, such as the experience of perinatal death and infertility, and the development and evaluation of innovative practices.




Isabel Coté, PhD (social work) has expertise in parenthood in different family configurations. She has conducted numerous studies with gay fathers and their children as well as on the involvement of men in the realization of parental projects as sperm donors. She has developed a methodology for including children in research, family mapping, which is an asset to the team. In addition, her contribution to projects dealing with male infertility will help enrich practices with men.





Diane Dubeau, PhD (psychology and psychoeducation) is internationally recognized in the fields of program development and evaluation with fathers. She is particularly interested in paternal trajectories of service use following marital separation.






Christine Gervais, PhD (nursing) will lead several studies that will define healthy developmental trajectories for children, examining the effects of paternal involvement on their development, and protective factors that account for resilience phenomena in the context of immigration or paternal mental health disorders.






Chantal Verdon, PhD (nursing) has solid clinical and research expertise with families who have experienced perinatal death, as well as in clinical training. She is leading a project on the experiences of immigrant families and will contribute expertise to the development and implementation of training, and the creation of knowledge transfer tools.




Assumpta Ndengeyingoma, PhD (nursing) also has a background in qualitative research with immigrant children, which will be used in several studies she will conduct with Christine Gervais, in particular, focusing on sibling relationships.






Université Laval team members


Tamarha Pierce, PhD (psychology) contributes her expertise in social psychology, research methods, and complex quantitative analyses (longitudinal estimates, multi-level/mixed models). Her work will focus on the parenting of heterosexual couples (immigrant, military, or separated), addressing gender roles, attitudes, and beliefs, as well as coparental and marital dynamics.




Geneviève Roch, PhD (nursing) has recognized expertise in organizing health and social services. She contributes innovative projects related to the evaluation of perinatal services offered to parents, such as prenatal classes and relevailles, in collaboration with Drs. de Montigny and Pierce.






McGill University team members

Deborah Da Costa, PhD (Faculty of Medicine), contributes her expertise on paternal depression and will participate in studies on paternal anxiety and perinatal death. Her sense of innovation in e-Health will be an asset for the team. In fact, the site, which prepares future fathers for fatherhood by optimizing their mental health and was designed in close collaboration with Drs. Phyllis Zelkowitcz, Nancy Feeley and Francine de Montigny, will be evaluated for its usefulness and acceptability.






Phyllis Zelkowitz, PhD (Department of Psychiatry and Research Director at the Montreal Jewish Hospital’s Institute of Family and Community Psychiatry) is an internationally recognized leader in the field of perinatal mental health, notably with respect to the causes of male infertility. Along with Dr. Coté and Dr. de Montigny, she will review the mental health trajectories of the men involved in the research, as well as the service trajectories and practices intended for them, and will be involved in work on bereavement.






Nancy Feeley, PhD (Ingram Nursing School) is leading a research program to understand the adjustment of parents whose children are in the neonatal intensive care unit. Recognized as an international authority in her field, she is one of the few researchers interested in fathers in the context of premature birth, a theme for which she will be the lead.