Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University Scientific Director of Research Center, CSSS de la Montagne
Division of Transcultural Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital and McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
An Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, Dr. Rousseau works at the Jewish General Hospital and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to develop clinical intervention and school-based prevention programs for children and youth in multi-ethnic neighbourhoods. Her previous research centred on risk and protection factors for the mental health of recently arrived immigrant families.
Clinically, she works with refugee and immigrant children, developing a model of culturally sensitive shared care for primary health care institutions. The school-based prevention programs for immigrant and refugee children developed by her team use a variety of creative expression modalities, including sand play, drawing and storytelling, theatre and video. Her research focuses on, among other things, the effect of the international context surrounding 9/11 on adults and children from minority and mainstream communities. This work will, ultimately, inform inter-sectorial policies and help schools to improve inter-community relations.