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, the research team is developing and testing new mental health promotion strategies by studying the influence of genetic, environmental, and neuro-developmental influences 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 neurodevelopment, 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 from around the world.
An evidence-based prevention program that uses personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and delay teen substance use. The program is designed to help youth set long term goals, and learn skills to help them channel their personality towards achieving their goals.
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).
Awarded to Dr. Patricia Conrod by Université de Montréal, with a donation from the Fondation Julien/Jean et Marcelle Coutu. This research chair focuses on understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences on child development and it's role in risk for substance misuse and mental health problems.