Marie-Claude Geoffroy is clinician scientist whose research deals with the bio-psycho-social determinants of suicide as studied from a developmental perspective. She and her research team use large epidemiological samples and work with psychiatric patients to better understand what makes young people at risk for suicide in order to help them achieving a life worth living. She also conducts randomized controlled trials to test the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to reduce suicidal risk.
Dr. Geoffroy’s laboratory has made important contributions to our understanding of the impact of adverse experiences on suicide and identification of key protective factors such as social support that can be leveraged through intervention. She is also a registered psychologist offering training in suicide risk assessment and brief interventions. She is the recipient of many awards for her research including a prestigious Canada Research Chair, Tier-2 and a FRQS clinician-scientist award. Her research are currently supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
- Dr. Geoffroy 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 the late nineties.
- She is the Co-Director of the Biopsychosocial Analyses of Mental Health research platform of the Quebec Network for Suicide, Mood Disorders, and Related Disorders; providing opportunities to explore genetic and epigenetics mechanisms of mental health using data from biological materials (hair, saliva, blood).
- She is the McGill Director of Groupe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur le développement psycho-bio-social des enfants et des adolescents (GRIP); an interuniversity and interdisciplinary research center from seven universities and seven disciplines centered around development of children and adolescents.
- She is also the co-director of the Mental Health Axis of the Observatoire pour la Santé et l’Éducation des Enfants.