The Venture Lab supports research on adolescent brain development and risk factors for mental health and substance use disorders. Led by Dr. Patricia Conrod, professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montréal, we are working on the development of new mental health promotion strategies by studying the influence of genetics, environmental factors, and neuro-cognitive development on mental health and addiction.
Based out of CHU Sainte-Justine’s Research Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Venture Lab features an international roster of scientists conducting a number of important research projects with a key focus on personality, building resilience and early intervention. Dr. Conrod's brainchild, the PreVenture Program, is also hosted at the VentureLab, where PreVenture experts are trained, and provide training and supervision to health and educational professionals who wish to implement PreVenture in their community.
An evidence-based prevention program that uses personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and delay substance use amongst teens. The program is designed to help students set long term goals and channel their personality towards achieving them.
The Canadian Underage Substance Use Prevention (CUSP) Trial is a multi-site, pan-Canadian study that aims to evaluate the long-term effects of PreVenture on preventing risk behaviours that can lead to substance misuse amongst senior high school students. The study is funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
Adapting Personality-Targeted Interventions for Reducing Substance Use and Mental Health Problem in Youth in Child Welfare System. Substance use problems are a major concern in adolescents involved in the child welfare system.