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Postdoctoral Training Programme

Since its founding, CRISE has welcomed postdoctoral fellows. From 2003 to 2009, grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ) allowed CRISE to welcome several postdoctoral fellows each year.

In 2010-2011, CRISE can fund one postdoctoral fellow and accept other fellows who obtain their own financing.

Program objectives
  • To develop cutting edge research by young researchers in various disciplines (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, epidemiology, public health, neurosciences and related disciplines);
  • To encourage experienced researchers and clinicians who have been working on other topics to conduct research on suicide and euthanasia;
  • To develop an opportunity for junior and senior researchers to perfect their knowledge and abilities in suicidology research by participating in a specialized summer institute programme;
  • To strengthen the Canadian community of scientific researchers on suicide and euthanasia.
Application and deadlines

Applications will be accepted until April 30 each year and decisions will be made by June 1st. The training programme begins the following September 1st, but candidates are strongly suggested to participate in the first annual meeting of CRISE which is usually held during the last week of August. This meeting is a good opportunity to get to know all the members of the CRISE research team.

Admission criteria

We are looking for candidates who either recently received a doctorate or researchers and clinicians who have experience in another area and who would like to reorient and specialize in research on suicide prevention or euthanasia. Candidate must meet the following requirements :

  1. Possess a doctoral degree in a suitable area;
  2. Wish to undertake a career in research on suicide or euthanasia;
  3. Agree to participate in regular activities at CRISE, including seminars, workshops and research activities with a mentor.

Possession of some spoken French is essential for full participation in the programme. We will use the following selection criteria in deciding whom to accept for the postdoctoral fellowships :

  1. The candidate's experience, publications, works to date and fellowships received;
  2. The candidate's interest in undertaking a career in research on suicide or euthanasia;
  3. The candidate's potential for conducting research in the area of suicide and euthanasia;
  4. The ability to match the candidate's research interests with those of available mentors.
Application procedure

Candidates should send us the following in order to complete their application for a postdoctoral fellowship :

  1. A certified copy of their latest transcript of doctoral studies;
  2. A letter in which the candidate describes his/her interests in research on suicide or euthanasia, including the identification of possible mentors with whom the candidate would like to work;
  3. A curriculum vitae which includes details of the candidate's education, publications, bursaries and scholarships obtained and research work;
  4. Two recommendation letters.
Principal mentors and their areas of interest

François Chagnon, Ph.D.,
Associate Director of CRISE and chairholder of the Chaire d'étude sur l'application des connaissances dans le domaine des jeunes et des familles en difficulté (Chair in Knowledge Application in the Field of Youth and Families in difficulty). He is an expert in knowledge application, program evaluation and youth suicide.

Marc Daigle, Ph.D.,
CRISE member and professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières. He is expert in program evaluation in suicidology, in model-based program theory and issues of suicide prevention in prisons and penitentiaries.

Francine Gratton, Ph.D.,
CRISE member and professor at the Nursing School of the University of Montreal. A sociologist by training, she works on typologies of suicidal youth and social aspects of suicide, particularly qualitative methods for the study of case histories.

Janie Houle, Ph.D.,
CRISE member and professor in the Psychology Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is interested in the causes of the higher incidence of suicide among men, the quality of services provided to persons who are seen in hospital emergency rooms following a suicide attempt, the application of scientific knowledge in suicide prevention settings and program evaluation.

Réal Labelle, Ph.D.,
CRISE member and professor in the Psychology Department of the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières. He works on cognitive vulnerability in relation to suicidal processes, the analysis of theories and practice concerning problem resolution and the validation and use of objective measurement scales in suicidology research.

Brian L. Mishara, Ph.D.,
He is professor of psychology and director of CRISE at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His many publications in suicidology include studies on the effectiveness of interventions and prevention activities, theories of the development of suicidal behaviour, studies on the development of conceptions of suicide in children and understanding the dynamics of euthanasia, assisted suicide and similar end-of-life decisions.

Danielle St-Laurent, M.A.,
CRISE member and epidemiologist at the National Institute for Public Health of Quebec, she has studied the epidemiology of suicide in collaboration with several francophone countries and is involved in numerous studies using epidemiological methodology.

Michel Tousignant, Ph.D.,
CRISE member and a professor in the Psychology Department of the Université du Québec à Montréal. He specializes in the anthropology and social epidemiology of suicide, life events, cultural psychology as well as the mental health of immigrants and refugees. He has conducted anthropological studies of the meaning of suicide in different countries.

David Weistubb, Ph.D.
CRISE member and Philippe-Pinel professor of Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics at the University of Montreal, and President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH), he is involved in research on ethics and suicide.

  • Chloé Leclerc, mentor Brian L. Mishara. 2009-
  • Gaelle Encrenaz, mentor Brian L. Mishara. 2008-2009
  • Catherine Laurier, mentor François Chagnon. 2007-2009
  • Annick Martin, mentor R�al Labelle. 2007-2008
  • Hui Chen, mentor Brian L. Mishara. 2006-2009
  • Thomas Wenzel, mentor David Weisstub. 2006-2007
  • Gabriel Diaconu, mentor Gustavo Turecki. 2006-2008
  • Stephanie Burrows, mentor Danielle Saint-Laurent. 2006-2009
  • Véronique Lapaige, mentor Brian L. Mishara. 2005-2006
  • Guillaume Grandazzi, mentor Michel Tousignant, on «Socio-anthropological approach to suicide series in rural settings». 2005-2007
  • Eliseu Carbonell-Camos, mentor Francine Gratton, on «Anthropology of time and time dimensions of suicide». 2005-2007
  • Parviz Haggi-Mani, mentor Brian L. Mishara, on the development of mathematical models to describe suicidal processes. 2004-2006
  • Tim Klempan, mentor Gustavo Turecki, is interested in molecular biological aspects of suicide and genetic aspects of suicidal behaviours. 2004-2006
  • Tara Holton, mentor Laurence Kirmayer, an expert in Native suicide issues at McGill University, on «A qualitative examination of research and practice involving suicidal individuals of different cultures», and «A qualitative examination of the construction of suicide in Aboriginal cultures». 2003-2005
  • Iris Jaitovich-Groisman, mentor Gustavo Turecki, on the genetics of suicide. 2003-2005
  • Louise Pouliot, worked with the mentor Michel Tousignant, is interested in the area of cognition in the suicidal process. 2003-2005
  • Zoelinoro Andrianjaka, mentor Brian Mishara. 2002-2003
  • Bogdan Balan, mentor Brian Mishara. 2000-2002
Information for fellows applying from outside Canada

After acceptance, you must apply for a work permit from the Canadian Embassy in your country of origin. UQÀM has a useful Web site (in French) for postdoctoral fellows.

For more information on the program please contact :
Brian L. Mishara, Ph.D
Director, CRISE
Telephone : (514)987-4832
Fax : (514) 987-0350
Email : mishara.brian@uqam.ca
C.P.8888, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montreal (QC), Canada H3C 3P8

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