ZEPSOM-Intergenerational team




Xiangfei Meng

Medical Scientist
Douglas Hospital Research Centre
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry
Associate Member in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
McGill University

Xiangfei Meng, a Medical Scientist at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and an Associate Member in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at the McGill University, and a research scholar of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec.

Her research interests are in population mental health and neuro-psychiatric epidemiology, using a wide range of techniques to study the roles of genetic, environmental risk factors and their interactions of common mental health and disorders across the life span, especially focusing on the importance of prevention strategies in diverse ethno-cultural environment. Her publication list (over 55 articles) exhibits that her strong research productivity and her relevant research experiences in the field of population mental health and mental disorders. She currently leads a well-established longitudinal community-based population study (funded by CIHR) to explore how the above mentioned factors contributed to stress-related mental disorders. (https://douglas.research.mcgill.ca/xiangfei-meng)



Kieran O’Donnell

Assistant Professor of Epigenetics and Epidemiology
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University

Kieran O’Donnell is a Co-Principal Investigator on the ZEPSOM-Bio study. Kieran is an Assistant Professor of Epigenetics and Epidemiology within the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in Child and Brain Development and a Principal Investigator within the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health.

Kieran’s research seeks to understand how our early experiences affect mental health across the lifespan  Kieran’s multidisciplinary research team combine measures of genomic function with epidemiological approaches to better understand the developmental origins of mental health. Specific areas of interest include the development of biologically-informed prediction models of maternal and child mental health, as well as understanding the biological basis of individual differences in treatment response to programs of early intervention.


Jean Caron Ph.D
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Santé mentale au Québec
Director of the CIHR Team in Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry Services, Policy and Population Health McGill University
Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Jean Caron is the founder and director of the team of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology who developed the first area of ​​social and psychiatric epidemiology in Canada with the primary goal of establishing the foundations a permanent tool for the development and transfer of knowledge in mental health through a limited area of ​​epidemiological studies (ACEs).

His recent studies aim to identify the determinants of psychological distress and quality of life in different populations: general population, poor population, population with mental health disorders. He pays special attention to social support as a protective factor in mental health. Jean Caron’s research is nationally and internationally recognized. He has been visiting researcher at the Andalusian Institute of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health of Andalusia (Spain). He was also a visiting professor at the Department of Social Psychology at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). He is a consultant in social and psychiatric epidemiology for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, the Quebec Public Health Branch and the US National Institute of Health.


Carl D’Arcy

Professor in Department of Psychiatry (Medicine) and the School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan

Carl D’Arcy is Professor in Department of Psychiatry (Medicine) and the School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan.  He was trained as a sociologist but has always worked in multi-disciplinary environments. He maintains an active research program in population health, social epidemiology, and determinants of health with an emphasis on mental health.  He has served on review committees for national and provincial funding agencies, continues to publish extensively and serve as a reviewer for Canadian and international journals. See publications at: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=-LnNz-EAAAAJ&hl=en

Candice Odgers

Professor of Psychological Science
University of California Irvine.

Candice Odgers is a Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California Irvine.

Her research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future health and well-being, with an emphasis on how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve the lives of young people. Odgers was a William T. Grant Scholar and the recipient of early career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2015 she was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Early Career Award and, in 2016, the Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship. Odgers is also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Child, Brain and Development Program.

Her research appears in journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Nature, Psychological Bulletin and Psychological Science. Additional information about her ongoing work can be found at http://adaptlab.org/ .


Michael Kobor

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics
Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development
University of British Columbia, Canada

Michael S. Kobor is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Kobor has received many distinctions, including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development, and an appointment as Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Child and Brain Development Program.

A champion for translational research, he serves as the Lead for the “Healthy Starts” Theme at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kobor’s own research program is focused on illuminating the developmental origins of health and disease. Building upon deep expertise in gene regulation and epigenetics developed over the course of his career, Dr. Kobor’s translational research in human populations is taking a life course approach to understand human health. Through a large interdisciplinary research network with partners from child development, psychology, psychiatry, and epidemiology, these studies are deciphering the mechanisms by which environmental exposures and life experiences can “get under the skin” to persistently affect health and behaviour across the lifespan.


Alain Lesage

Professor in the Department of Psychiatry
University of Montréal.

Alain Lesage is currently a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montréal. He is an accomplished scientist focusing much of his work around mental health and addiction services. He is also the medical director of the Mental Health Technology and Interventions Assessment Unit at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, and the Associate Director of the Québec Research Network on suicide, mood disorders and associated disorders.

He was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of Santé mentale au Québec, and was the past President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology. Lesage graduated in medicine from the University of Sherbrooke and completed his postdoctoral training at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital in London, England; and the Istituto di psichiatria in Verona, Italy. He was an invited scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005 and has recently been invited to join the executive board of the European Network of Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH). He is invited scholar at the Institute of Health Economics (Edmonton). He continues to train the next generation of mental health and addiction researchers in collaboration with Quebec, Canadian and international colleagues. He is an active member on the Mental Health Commission of Canada Advisory Council.



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