null Cécile Rousseau, MD

Investigator, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



Mental health • culture • immigrants • refugees • adolescents • trauma • violent radicalisation

Research Focus

My current research studies the determinants of violent radicalization and evaluates clinical intervention in the field of violent extremism. My clinical work is with refugee and immigrant children and families, and with individuals attracted by violent radicalization. I also do consultation work on social polarization for health and educational institutions.

Clinically, I am working with refugee and immigrant children, implementing a model of culturally sensitive shared care for primary healthcare institutions. The school-based prevention programs for immigrant and refugee children developed by my team use a variety of creative expression modalities, including sand play, drawing and storytelling, theatre and video. My research focuses, among other things, on the effect of social polarization on adults and children from minority and mainstream communities. This work informs intersectoral policies in order to improve intercommunity relations, decrease hate crimes and prevent violent radicalization.

Selected Publications

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  • Rousseau, C., Miconi, D., Frounfelker, R., Hassan, G., & Oulhote, Y. (2020 - On Line). A repeated cross-sectional study of sympathy for violent radicalization in Canadian college students. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi:

  • Rousseau, C., & Hassan, G. (2019). Current Challenges in Addressing Youth Mental in the Context of Violent Radicalization. JAACAP, 58(8), 747-750.

  • Rousseau, C., Hassan, G., Miconi, D., Lecompte, V., Mekki-Berrada, A., El Hage, H., & Oulhote, Y. (2019). From social adversity to sympathy for violent radicalization: the role of depression, religiosity and social support. Archives of public health, 77(1), 45.

  • Rousseau, C., Oulhote, Y., Lecompte, V., Mekki-Berrada, A., Hassan, G., & El Hage, H. (2019-Online). Collective identity, social adversity and college student sympathy for violent radicalization. Transcultural Psychiatry. doi: 1363461519853653.

  • Rousseau, C., Hassan, G., & Frounfelker, R. (2019). The role of physicians in the violence epidemic. CMAJ, 191(23). doi: