Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Montreal in 2010, during which she did her clinical internship training at the Montreal Children Hospital. Her thesis was a finalist for a pan-Canadian best thesis award, and she was the valedictorian during the 2011 convocation of the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Dr Geoffroy did her postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at the University College London Institute of Child Health before coming to the Douglas Mental University Institute in 2013 where she worked as a clinical psychologist and researcher. She joined McGill University in 2018.
Dr. Geoffroy is currently a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, and Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (School and Applied Child Psychology Program), with Associate Membership in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is known for her longitudinal research on youth suicide and for testing mental health promotion intervention.
Dr. Geoffroy is the co-direct of the Mental Health Axis of the Observatoire pour la Santé et l’Éducation des Enfants, a 5 million initiative funded by the FQR-SC and directs by Dr. Sylvana Côté.
She is also the Director of the Groupe de recherche sur l’inadaptationpsychosociale de l’enfant (GRIP) at McGill University; an interuniversity and interdisciplinary research center composed of 50 researchers (11 at McGill University) centered around development of children and adolescents. She is involved in the research committee of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Children’s Development led by Institut de la Statistique du Québec, a large representative cohort of youth born in late nineties and the executive committee of the Réseau Québecois sur le suicide, les troubles de l’humeur et les troubles associés (RQSHA).
Awards discerned to Dr Geoffroy include the Clinical Scientist Salary Awards (Junior I) from the FRQ-S and the 2013 Young Investigator of the Year from the International Academy of Suicide Research and the RQSHA. In 2022, she was one of the three recipients of the McGill Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers, which is awarded to McGill’s top investigators within 10 years of their highest degree from any of its 13 faculties and schools.
Throughout her career, Dr. Geoffroy has authored over 80 articles, including in most influential journals (CMAJ, JAMA Psychiatry, JAMA Network Open, Lancet Psychiatry). She is the principal investigator on grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) the Fonds de la recherche Québec (FRQ)- Société et Culture, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and different ministries