Our research focuses on risk factors for youth substance misuse and mental health problems. We aim to understand why early onset substance use is so highly concurrent with other mental health concerns and future addiction. We also apply our research findings to develop new prevention approaches targeting identified risk profiles. We study environmental factors, genetic factors, and use computerized assessments and neuroimaging tools to measure functional brain development during the adolescent period. Our youth advisors assure that our research addresses issues and uses methods that relevant and appropriate for youth.
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 learn useful coping skills, set long term goals and channel their personality towards achieving them. The program can be delivered in a face-to-face setting or online.
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 the Risk of Substance Use and Mental Health Problems in Youth in Child Welfare System. This study is supported by a CIHR Fellowship to Dr. Hanie Edalati and the following Research Chair to Dr. Patricia Conrod: Fondation Julien/Marcelle et Jean Coutu en Pediatrie Sociale en Communaute de l’Universite de Montreal.
The purpose of the pan-Canadian and CIHR-funded Emerging Health Study (EHT) research project is to provide additional evidence and develop guidelines for the treatment of opioid-related disorders in youth (ages 15-25) and to promote prevention and early intervention with newer users and youth at-risk of opioid use.
The targeting adolescent neurocognitive processes in depression to promote intervention response (ADORe) is a multi-site international study that aims to elucidate, in a translational perspective, neural and cognitive functions implicated in adolescent onset of depression and in treatment response. The study is funded by the Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research.
The Co-Venture project is a trial investigating the effects of an evidence-based alcohol and drug prevention program, PreVenture, on the development of substance use disorders and the cognitive development in adolescence. This project was made possible through the funding of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
UniVenture is a multi-site partnership that aims to adapt, test and share PreVenture, an effective, sustainable wellness prevention program, to tackle alcohol and drug misuse among a post-secondary school crowd (ages 18-25). This project intends to implement the adaptation at Dalhousie University, St. Francis Xavier University, University of York, Université de Montréal and University of British Columbia.
Computational approaches based on new developments in quantitative modelling pervade many areas of science and have the potential to play a critical role in the progression of neuroscience and psychiatry. Current psychiatric classification systems are organized around latent classes as underlying causal processes behind the covariation structures of the symptoms/risk-behaviors.
The OPfS will evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and short-term impact of the PreVenture program when delivered to at risk youth across Canada through a web-based video conferencing and digital platform. The study is supported by a grant from Foundation CHU Sainte-Justine.
The Australian Cap Study’s aim is to evaluate the efficacy of an integrated approach to alcohol misuse prevention. By combining the universal internet-based Climate Schools program with the selective personality-targeted PreVenture program, both high and low risk youth will be targeted. 27 secondary schools were randomized to deliver one, both or treatment as usual, over a 3 year period. https://www.capstudy.org.au
The ENIGMA Network brings together researchers in imaging genomics to understand brain structure, function, and disease, based on brain imaging and genetic data. We welcome brain researchers, imagers, geneticists, methods developers, and others interested in cracking the neuro-genetic code!
IMAGEN is a European research project examining how biological, psychological, and environmental factors during adolescence may influence brain development and mental health. Using brain imaging and genetics, the project will help develop prevention strategies and improved therapies for mental health disorders in the future.