The interdisciplinary team gathers the expertise of seven researchers and and six collaborators from different fields. Its members work in partnership with various organizations which developed complementary niches of specific clinical and research expertise.

Primary researcher

Anne Crocker, PhD (Douglas Institute and McGill University)

Researcher and director of the Services, policy and population health Research theme at Douglas Institute, and associate professor at McGill University’s Department of Psychology. Anne Crocker is specialized in forensic mental healthand her work focuses on the interface between mental health, justice and violence.

Associate researchers

Emmanuelle Bernheim LL.D., PhD
Researcher and professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal faculty of law. She developed an expertise in civil law, particularly the full range of issues in regards to vulnerable persons with challenging behavior. Her work focuses on the interface between law and psychiatry, the judicial bodies and epistemological and methodological issues in legal research.

Gilles Côté, PhD
Director of the research center at the Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal and full professor at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières,Department of Psychology. His research work especially addresses the typology of people with challenging behavior, risk of violent behavior assessment and mental disorders in prison settings.

Caroline Larue, PhD
Researcher at Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, associate professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Nursing, and director of the Centre for studies of restraint and seclusion. Her main research topics are restraint and replacement measures to manage aggressive behavior in individuals with mental illness.

Diane Morin, PhD 
Researcher and full professor at the Departement of Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal, she also is the chairholder of a research chair on intellectual disabilities (ID) and developmental disorders. In addition to her academic work, Diane Morin built a unique and recognized clinical expertise in developmental disorders, specialized in the assessment and treatment of behavior and mental disorders among people with ID.

Mélina Rivard, PhD 
Researcher and professor and the Department of Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work focuses on early intervention in the field of intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, particularly about serious challenging behavior assessment and management in children. She also conducts research on social, familial and cultural determinants on variations of services and social integration for children with severe challenging behaviors.