About Us

The Douglas Hospital Research Centre is

  • The second largest mental health research centre in Canada, with 200-300 Scientific Publications per year
  • A research centre embedded in a hospital, member of the Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal
    • More than 560 persons on-site: 
    • 61 Principal Investigators
    • 8 Canada Research Chairs
    • 269 Research Assistants / Technical support
    • 13 Administrative staff
    • 220 Trainees - MSc, PhD students, and postdocs

Scientific management committee

Brigitte Kieffer, PhD, Scientific Director

 Alain Gratton, PhD, Executive Director

Jocelyne Lahoud, Administrative Director

Martin Lepage, PhD, Director of Clinical Research

Nicolas Cermakian, PhD, Director of Academic Affairs

Anne Crocker, PhD, Director of Knowledge transfer

Claire-Dominique Walker, PhD, Director of Technology

Sylvain Williams, PhD, Director of Innovation 

Judes Poirier, PhD, Director of the Ageing, Cognition and Alzheimer's disease  research program

Alain Brunet, PhD, Director of the Mental Health and Society research program

Rhida Joober, MD, Director of the Psychosis and Neurodevelopmental Disorders research program

Naguib Mechawar, PhD, Director of the Stress, mood and impulsivity disorders research program


Research funding

  • Grants to our investigators $18M
  • Research Centre budget (2014): $22M - From the Douglas Institute, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé - FRQS and other sources.
  • Douglas Institute Research Centre rated exceptional by the FRQ-S

The Douglas Foundation

The mission of the Douglas Foundation is to finance the development of the Douglas Institute: patient care, research in neuroscience and mental health, and education and training.

Learn more about the foundation on the Douglas Foundation website.

You can make a donation to support Mental Health research today: Donate to the Douglas Foundation


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