Graduate Students

Application

Dr. Geoffroy anticipates accepting up to 2 new graduate students at the M.A. or Ph.D. level in Psychiatry/Mental Health or School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill for the 2020-2021 academic year.

All inquiries concerning graduate supervision in relevant areas should be directed to along with the following file attachments:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts
  • Cumulative GPA (CGPA) and GPA over the last 2 years (https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/staff/gpa)
  • Brief statement of your motivation to join our team and choice of graduate school program 

Research expectations

Scientific publications

Master and Doctoral theses are made of scientific manuscripts written in collaboration with Dr. Geoffroy, other researchers, a statistician and advanced graduate students from the team. Master and doctoral theses consist respectively of a minimum of 1 and 2 scientific manuscripts.

Students are expected to be first author of their manuscripts and are responsible for all steps of their research including conceptualization, literature review, statistical analyses, interpretation and manuscript writing with team support.

Scientific conferences

All students are provided with opportunities to disseminate their research at a minimum of 1 local, provincial or international conference with partial or full financial support.

Funding and awards

All students are encouraged to apply for funding (CIHR, FRQS, SSHRC, RQSHA) and awards (e.g., conferences, Graduate research excellence) with support from Dr. Geoffroy. All students in our team have been successful in securing funding and prestigious awards.  Students who do not receive external funding will receive financial support, either with a partial or full stipend depending of their graduate programs and Dr. Geoffroy funds.  

Sharing knowledge to others

Alongside her contributions to science, Dr. Geoffroy wishes to be actively involved in disseminating knowledge to the community. Students at all levels will have the opportunities to share the results of their research via communications to the general public, production of newsletters, videos and interviews with the media (e.g., podcasts).

Datasets for epidemiological research

Students have access to the best epidemiological cohorts in the world, including QLSCD, QLSCK, 1958 British Birth Cohort and RQSHA genotyping platform. All students will receive training in cutting-edge techniques for longitudinal data, polygenic risk scores, basic epidemiological principles applied to mental health research and in project management.

Datasets for clinical research

Students have the opportunity to be engaged in our ongoing clinical trial at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute testing the impact of walking in nature versus urban settings for depression. This project is clinically relevant for students in the School and Child Psychology program and is methodologically challenging given its randomized design and the range of outcomes investigated longitudinally

Supervision Style

Dr. Geoffroy has established a supportive research environment that facilitates all students’ success; all students have exceptional track records in terms of publications and funding.

Dr. Geoffroy provide direct supervision via weekly meetings (individual and group) and promptly replies to emails. In addition, she has established a collaborative hierarchical mentorship structure in which senior students supervise junior students. This method optimizes supervision, ensures quality control, and enhances the overall scientific productivity of the team.

Although Dr. Geoffroy’s team is research intensive with publications in top-ranked journals, she strives to tailor her research expectations toward each student’s personal career aspirations; i.e., whether it is to become a psychologist or to pursue a research-orientated career. Promoting mental health is of the upmost importance in our team; and she encourages students to maintain a fulfilling life outside academia. She is a mother of two young children, she enjoys spending time in nature, reading novels and cooking vegetarian meals.


 

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