I received my BSc (Honors) from Université de Montréal, Québec, where I contributed to research on the promotion of well-being of lesbians and gay men, as well as immigrants. I then completed a PhD in community psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec. Prior to joining Laurier’s community psychology team, I worked as a research coordinator and coinvestigator on several action research projects with members of stigmatized communities (public housing setting, people with mental disorders or disabilities, etc.).
My research interests are based on the integration of theories, concepts and methods from positive psychology (flourishing, strengths, life projects) and environmental psychology (optimal person-environment transactions) within a community perspective (focus on underprivileged communities).
My research program is comprised of two axes:
The studies I work on combine both observational and interventional/evaluative research designs, and it involves qualitative (thematic/content analysis, Photovoice method) and quantitative data analyses (structural equation modelling, latent profile analysis, psychometric analysis). I have a special interest in mixed-methods and how they can be operationalized in order to yield useful insights for community psychology researchers and practitioners. I greatly value working in partnership with communities and their organizations (through peer-research strategies and community-based participatory research), helping them to take advantage of their own strengths, projects and knowledge.
Students interested in working under my supervision, either as research assistants or for their MA or PhD dissertations, are invited to contact me for more information. Applications from people interested in topics that relate to community well-being and having strong social justice values are welcomed.
For the next academic year (2019/20), I will be supervising graduate students interested in one or more of the following areas:
Please contact me if you have interests in these areas.