Marie-Claude Geoffroy

  • Theme-Based Group: 
    Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide
  • Division: 
    Mental Health and Society


F-3116.2, Frank B. Common Pavilion

6875 Boulevard LaSalle
Montréal, QC
H4H 1R3

(514) 761-6131 x4524

Canada Research Chair in Youth Suicide Prevention - Tier 2

Researcher, McGill Group for Suicide Studies, Douglas Research Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
Associate Member, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Researcher, Research unit on children's psychosocial maladjustment (GRIP)
Clinical Research Scholar, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS), Junior 1

Epidemiology of suicide and related mental disorders accross the lifespan

I am a psychiatric epidemiologist interested in suicide and related mental health problems in the general population and their prevention. My work uses large cohorts of individual born in Canada and Britain and followed over several years.

My research program has three components:

  1. Epidemiology: to describe the prevalence of suicide and suicidal behaviour in Canada; 
  2. Etiology: to identify risk factors occurring at different life-course stages, from child-to adulthood, for suicide and related mental illness and to understand the bio-psycho-social mechanisms by which those risk factors may predispose a person for sucide and mental illness;
  3. Prevention: to identify protective factors for suicide and mental illness in the general population.

Geoffroy, MC., Boivin, M., Arseneault, L., Vitaro, F., Brendgen, M., Renaud, J., Séguin, J.R., Tremblay, R.E., Turecki, G., & Côté, S.M. (under review). Associations between peer victimization and suicidal ideation and suicide attempt in youth: Results from a prospective birth cohort. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Geoffroy, MC., Pinto-Pereira, S., Li, L., & Power. C. (under review). Childhood maltreatment associations with cognition and mental health from child to adulthood in a prospective birth cohort. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Geoffroy, MC., Gunnell, D & Power, C. (2014). Prenatal and childhood antecedents of suicide: 50-year follow-up of the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study. Psychological Medicine, 44(06), 1245-1256.

Pinto-Pereira, S., Geoffroy, M.C., Power, C. (2014). Depressive symptoms and physical activity from adolescence to mid-adulthood: evidence of bidirectional associations in the 1958 British Birth Cohort. JAMA Psychiatry, 71, 1373-1380.

Geoffroy, M.C., Li, L & Power, C. (2014). Depressive symptoms and body mass index: Comorbidity and direction of association in a British Birth Cohort followed over 50 years. Psychological Medicine. 44, 2641-2652.

Geoffroy, M.C., Herztman, C, Li, L & Power, C. (2013). Prospective associations of morning salivary cortisol and depressive symptoms in mild-life. Plos One, 8, e77603.

Postdoctorate, University College London, Institute of Child Health, Population, Policy and Practice (2010-2013)
Psychologist for child and adolescents
PhD in psychology (research/intervention), University of Montreal (2004-2010)
Baccalaureate in psychology, Laval University (2001-2004)

Young investigator award in 2013 from Quebec network on suicide, mood disorders and related disorders

Marilyn Ahun, master’s student in public health, University of Montreal (co-supervision)
Marie-Pier Larose, master’s student in public health, University of Montreal (co-supervision)

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