Interuniversity Suicide Prevention Team Papageno – FRQSC

The Papageno research team is supported by the Fonds de Recherche du Qu̩bec РSoci̩t̩ et Culture. It brings together 8 researchers from 5 universities in the field of suicide prevention who combine their expertise (in psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, education) to mobilize evidence-based knowledge, not only for the scientific community, but also for students and the general public.

Papageno refers to the Papageno effect, recognised in suicide prevention following a study conducted in 2005 at the Medical University of Vienna.  This study reported that the repetition and description of the same suicide in the media, as well as those of famous cases, are well associated with an increase in the suicide rates.  The origin of the term “Papageno effect” refers to one of the characters in Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute”. This opera illustrates the nature of human beings and their search for inner peace. Papageno is a fowler who believes he has lost his love, named Papagena, and devises a plan to end his life. Just as he decides to hang himself, three young boys stop him, inviting him to consider another alternative, one that will bring back his beloved. In his distress, Papageno had forgotten a means at his disposal to bring back Papagena: his “magic flute”. (Reference: ÉducaSanté, The suicide prevention portal)


Our team aims to increase knowledge about suicide prevention (protective factors and psychosocial interventions) and knowledge mobilisation towards mental health professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

Researchers and Affiliations
  • Marie Claude Geoffroy, McGill University
  • Monique Séguin, Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • Massimiliano Orri, Douglas Mental Health University Institute
  • Nancy Heath, McGill University
  • Johanne Renaud, Douglas Mental Health University Institute
  • Bassam El Khoury, McGill University
  • Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise, Bishops University
  • Nicholas Chadi, University of Montreal
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Child Psychosocial Rehabilitation Research Group at McGill University

The Groupe de Recherche sur l’Inadaptation Psychosociale chez l’Enfant (GRIP) is supported by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture and is directed by Sylvana Côté. It brings together more than 60 researchers from several Quebec universities.

The McGill University division of the GRIP has 11 researchers and is directed by Marie-Claude Geoffroy.

The research program is structured around 3 axes:

  1. The description, from pregnancy to early adulthood, of psychosocial and academic adjustment problems.
  2. The analysis of the underlying mechanisms.
  3. The design and evaluation of interventions to prevent the emergence of these problems or to alleviate their consequences.

Researchers use a research infrastructure that they have developed over the past 35 years, which takes four forms:

  1. Longitudinal, multi-source, and intergenerational databases on thousands of children and families (i.e., our cohorts) followed for several decades
  2. A team of 6 people dedicated to managing the databases and supporting researchers and students
  3. Student workspaces, observation rooms, and websites
  4. A knowledge transfer system that includes the Centre of Excellence and the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development.
General Coordinators
  • Katia Dumont
  • Élise Chartrand (databases)
McGill Affiliated Researchers

Last NameFirst NameDepartment
GeoffroyMarie-C. Educational & Counselling Psychology 
Leyton Marco Psychiatry 
MontreuilTina Educational & Counselling Psychology 
O’Donnell Kieran J. Psychiatry 
Turecki Gustavo Psychiatry 
Vachon David Psychology 
WeinbergAnna E. F.  Psychology 
TemcheffCaroline   Educational & Counselling Psychology 
PennestriMarie-HélèneEducational and Counselling Psychology
OrriMassimiliano   Psychiatry
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Observatory for Children’s Health and Education (Mental Health Axis)

The Observatory for Children’s Health and Education is a centre that coordinates research on the short- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s education and mental health, and on the identification of mitigation strategies for post-pandemic recovery. The observatory is funded by the FRQ and led by SylvanaCôté.

The Observatory’s mental health axis is co-directed by Marie-Claude Geoffroy and Nicholas Chadi, and focuses on mental health.

A project related to the Observatory is École à Ciel Ouvert

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