The team is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant to carry out a new study on vocational training students’ mental health: “Who are they and how can we help them? Portrait of the vocational training students’ mental health and next steps to promote their success”.
Thanks to the collaboration of 10 vocational training centers, we will present a portrait of these students’ mental health, establish a directory of services in support of their mental health, and contribute to a better understanding of service use by students who need them. Also, we will communicate the best practices we found across all vocational training centers in Québec. Many thanks to the centers that will be working with us over the next 3 years!
This study is funded by the Concerted actions program – School persistence and success, form the Québec Research Funds – Society and culture, in collaboration with the Québec Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Click here to watch a 2-minute video (in French) presenting an overview of the project.
Goal pursuit, performance, and well-being in educational contexts: A motivational analysis of optimal functioning.
Webinar hosted by Catherine Cimon-Paquet and presented by Jérémie Verner-Filion, on March 18th, 12:00 pm – 13:00 pm (EST), on Zoom.
Why do some students succeed, while others fail, in their attempt to reach their personal goals? What are the factors that allow them to balance their simultaneous quest for success and happiness? In this webinar, Jérémie Verner-Filion will discuss some of his recent studies showing how student’s motivation for activities in which they engage outside the purview of their academic endeavors (i.e., passionate activities in university students and extracurricular activities in high-school students) can help or hinder the attainment of their personal goals, their functioning at school and their psychological well-being.
Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Oliveira Paiva, Psy. D., who submitted her doctoral thesis “The Development of Depressive Symptoms in Adolescence: The Role of Best Friends and Parents”.
Alexandra worked with the team from the conception of the lab in 2012, first as a undergraduate student in an observational internship, then a research assistant, doctoral student and even lab coordinator!
We would like to thank the FRQSC and the Faculty of Human Sciences of UQAM, who supported her during her career with their doctoral scholarship programs.
Alexandra will now focus on her psychological clinic L’espace, which she opened this fall in collaboration with fellow lab colleague, Rhea Marshall-Denton, Ph. D, Psy. D.
We wish her success and happiness in her future plans. Congratulations Alexandra!
During the Journée scientifique 2020 de NeuroQAM, doctoral student and member of the LÉPSIS, Catherine Cimon-Paquet received a presentation prize in the « best datablitz » category for her presentation «Le rôle des parents dans le parcours scolaire des jeunes de l’enfance à l’âge adulte : une perspective bioécologique». Congratulations Catherine!
Online friendships have been a part of adolescents lives for many years. However, the constraints imposed by the pandemic (classroom and school closures) have made them ubiquitous. In her presentation targeting parents of teenagers, the director of LÉPSIS, Marie-Hélène Véronneau, Ph.D., presents foundations of research on friendships and various ways in which parents can implement new perspectives on how to support their teenager so that he or she can benefit from successfully managing these virtual communications and avoid associated risks. By addressing the theme of friendship during the first teenage years as well as the different ways a parent can support their teenager in navigating through this virtual space, this video aims to guide parents in helping their teenagers adequately manage this new reality.
Other resources for the general public are available here.
We are pleased to announce that another doctoral student from the lab has just completed her journey with us. The team congratulates Dr. Rhea Marshall-Denton, Ph. D./Psy. D., who defended on October 29 her doctoral thesis “Perceived peer-group social norms as underlying mechanisms of friend and parental influence in early adolescence”.
Rhea played a key role in the development of the laboratory, having notably served as coordinator. We would like to thank the FRQSC and the Faculty of Human Sciences of UQAM, who supported her during her career with their doctoral scholarship programs.
Rhea will now focus on her psychology clinic, L’espace, which opened a few weeks ago.
We wish her success and happiness in her future plans. Congratulations Rhea!
The LÉPSIS team is proud to present a short video explaining the implementation of one of its projects, entitled: Emotional Competence in Vocational Training. The goal of this study is to determine the extent to which emotional competence can enhance the success of vocational training students. Enjoy the video and feel free to comment and share it!
Three LEPSIS members are the recipients of doctoral scholarships from the Fond de recherche du Québec- Société et culture.
Catherine Cimon-Paquet received a doctoral scholarship for her research project on the role of parents in their children’s educational pathway entitled “Le rôle des parents dans le parcours scolaire des jeunes de l’enfance à l’âge adulte : une perspective bioécologique”.
Yovanna Chacon is the recipient of the FRQSC scholarship for her project on parenting practices, school motivation and school achievement : “Les profils de pratiques parentales basés sur la quantité et la qualité du suivi scolaire : Prédicteurs longitudinaux de la motivation et de la réussite scolaires en cinquième année du secondaire”.
Finally, Evelyne Gauthier is the recipient of a doctoral scholarship for her project on gender stereotypes, school disengagement and esteem seeking on the web: “Stéréotypes de genre, désengagement scolaire et recherche d’estime dans les alter réalités du web et des médias sociaux chez les élèves du secondaire”.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are faced more than ever with a critical shortage of health care workers such as beneficiary attendants and auxiliary nurses. Because many of these workers have undergone vocational training, we prepared a video for those who want to learn more about this topic. In this video, our lab director, Marie-Hélène Véronneau, Ph.D., presents basic facts about vocational training to help correct the preconceived ideas some people may have about those programs of study. Feel free to share this clip with your friends and family.
Other resources for the general public are available here.
UQAM highlights Marie-Hélène Véronneau’s mobilization to help people get through the confinement caused by the coronavirus pandemic through her video capsules. To access the UQAM article, go to the Press Review page of our website!
The social isolation created by the confinement associated with the coronavirus pandemic is encouraging teenagers to use social media to maintain their friendships. As a parent, it is normal to be concerned about the well-being of your teenager and to question whether there are any risks associated with the use of online networks. The director of the laboratory, Marie-Hélène Véronneau, Ph.D, discusses the topic in a short video, and offers some answers to the concerns by presenting the benefits and risks of using them. You can view this video by visiting the “info for general public” tab in the “for the community” section of our website. If you like this video, please feel free to share it! The LEPSIS team wishes you a good listening.
The coronavirus pandemic is causing a great deal of distress in society, especially for parents who have to care for their families while managing their adult concerns. To overcome this episode, the director of the laboratory, Marie-Hélène Véronneau, Ph.D., has created a short video in which she presents some options. To view it, go to the “for the community” section and click on the “general public info” tab on our website. We hope you enjoy it!
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, several scientific meetings have been cancelled. However, some of the lab members showed interest for preparing a video recording of their oral presentations that should have been presented. Catherine Cimon-Paquet, doctoral student, is presenting the first video: If you are interested in the link between family conflicts, substances use and educational attainment, go ahead and watch our 5-minute video!
Given the current situation with respect to COVID-19, the director and the members of the laboratory inform you with regrets that several conferences that were to be held in the spring of 2020 have been cancelled. However, actions are being taken to make these communications available on the laboratory’s website, as PDFs. We invite you to view them in the “Conferences” section. More communications may be added in the coming weeks. Feel free to share this post or your favorite presentations via Facebook, Twitter, or any other platform. In the current context where we need to rethink ways of sharing scientific information, the LEPSIS members thank you for helping to share the results of their work.
Congratulations to Marie Claire Vaillancourt, the first LÉPSIS doctoral student to defend her doctoral essay on May 14. Her essay is titled « Affiliation to aggressive cliques: Consequences on academic functioning and protective factors in secondary school students. » Our best wishes to Marie Claire during the next big step of her doctoral program, that is, her clinical internship.
On April 30th 2019, Fonds de recherche du Québec annonced the results of their competition for 2019-2020.
Two LEPSIS lab members have stood out by obtaining research grants :
Sacha Voyer, graduate student under the direction of Prof. Véronneau, was awarded a scholarship by Fonds de recherche du Québec – Society and Culture. This competition will allow him to conduct his doctoral research project entitled “La réussite éducative chez les élèves de formation professionnelle” within LEPSIS.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau, director of the lab, was rewarded a Career Fellowship by the Junior Research Fellowship Program of Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) for the next four years by granting her support for her research program “Réussite éducative et santé mentale au passage à l’âge adulte : identifier les facteurs favorisant un bienêtre à long terme”. Already a junior researcher in the Junior 1 category since 2013, this is the second grant obtained by Prof. Véronneau as part of this excellence program, which aims to support high-caliber researchers to ensure the quality of health research in Quebec.
Marie-Claire Vaillancourt’s article called “How Do Individual Predispositions and Family Dynamics Contribute to Academic Adjustment Through the Middle School Years? The Mediating Role of Friends’ Characteristics” is available by clicking here.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau, director of the LÉPSIS, will be presenting “Les jeunes et le sens” in a webinar called “Qu’est-ce qui donne du sens ?” organized by Mouvement Santé mentale Québec. Her presentation will be broadcasted on April 5th 2018 from 12:00 to 13:30.
For further information, please visit the Facebook page of the event.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau, director of the lab, will give an oral presentation called “Les prédicteurs du niveau d’éducation atteint par des élèves défavorisés suite à la Révolution tranquille”. It will take place in room SH-3760 (200 rue Sherbrooke Ouest) at 13:30.
Mélanie Lebeau, research assistant for the project “Compétence émotionnelle en formation professionnelle”, will present the outline of this project with a poster from 16:00 to 17:00.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau, director of the LÉPSIS, and Olivier Gaudet, graduate student and coauthor, will be participating in a symposium at the Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie (SQRP) annual conference.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau and Olivier Gaudet’s oral presentation called ″Effet longitudinal de la relation élève-enseignant sur la motivation scolaire des adolescents‶ is part of the symposium organized by Marie-Claude Salvas named ″Comment favoriser l’engagement et la réussite éducative chez les jeunes? Coup d’œil sur le rôle des relations avec les pairs et les enseignants à l’école‶. It will be held on March 24th 2018 from 16:00 to 17:30 in Pilot hall at le Concorde Quebec Hotel.
The LÉPSIS will be represented at Development 2018 and Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie (SQRP) conferences.
Olivier Gaudet will be presenting his poster ″Mesurer la popularité et son influence sur l’estime de soi des jeunes adolescents: Une perspective de l’analyse des réseaux sociaux‶ at the annual conference of the Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie on March 23rd from 18:45 to 19:45 in the Foyer hall at Le Concorde Quebec Hotel.
Florence Tsakpinoglou will be presenting her poster ″Rule-breaking and affective disorders in adolescents: The modering effect of gender‶ at the Development 2018 conference in Niagara from May 3rd to 4th 2018 at Brock University.
Alexandra Oliveira Paiva will also represent the lab at the Development 2018 conference to do an oral presentation called ″Buffering the impacts of low emotional competence: Best friendship satisfaction and parental warmth as moderators of the connection between social difficulties with peers and adolescents’ depressive symptoms‶. Her work will be embedded under the social competence team symposium entitled ″Threats to emotional competence from infancy through young adulthood: Risk and protective factors‶.
A new article by Cécile Mathys, Marie-Hélène Véronneau and Aurélie Lecocq, “Grade Retention at the Transition to Secondary School: Using Propensity Score Matching to Identify Consequences on Psychosocial Adjustment,” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Early Adolescence.
This article highlights the negative outcomes of grade retention on early adolescents’ psychosocial adjustment. In fact, retained students showed, in this study, decreases in self-esteem as well as in intrinsic and extrinsic motivation combined with higher levels of delinquent and aggressive behaviors than their counterparts who were not retained.
Three members of the LEPSIS lab received a research scholarship.
More precisely, Florence Tsakpinoglou obtained a research grant at the Masters level from the Human Science Research Council as well as from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) for her project entitled “Comprendre la compétence émotionnelle pour promouvoir la réussite des élèves en formation professionnelle”.
Olivier Gaudet was awarded a doctoral research scholarship from the FRQSC for his project entitled “L’effet de la centralité dans la clique et de l’appartenance à une clique populaire sur l’estime de soi des jeunes adolescents”.
Rhéa Marshall-Denton received a doctoral research scholarship from the FRQSC for her project entitled “Perceived Peer Group Social Norms as Underlying Mechanisms of Friend and Parental Influence on Youth Psychosocial Adjustment”.
Furthermore, the Research Team Support Program of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture renewed a grant awarded to the Emotional Competence Research Team entitled “Compétence émotionnelle et transition réussie à l’âge adulte : une approche développementale”. Dale Stack is the coordinator of this team, which also includes Lisa Serbin, Holly Recchia, Erin Barker and Marie-Hélène Véronneau. This grant is awarded for a period of four years.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau and Olivier Gaudet will present results from their latest research during the 25th annual conference of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), which will take place in Washington (DC) from May 30th to June 2nd 2017.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau will present an oral presentation entitled: Predictors of Educational Attainment in a Disadvantaged French-Canadian Sample: A 30-Year Prospective Study
Clic here to access the abstract of the presentation
For his part, Olivier Gaudet will present a poster titled: Is Young Adolescents’ Self-Esteem Predicted by Peer Acceptance? A Gender Perspective
Moreover, Olivier is part of the organizing committee of the Scavenger Hunt that is overseen by the Early Career Preventionists Network affiliated with the conference.
Presentation at the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSRP) Conference
The LEPSIS lab presented results from the study “L’univers social des adolescents: Le rôle des pairs, des parents et des enseignants durant les études secondaires” [The social universe of adolescents: the role of peers, parents and teachers during high school] which was conducted in two French Canadian high schools from the region of Montreal. These results were presented at the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) conference held in Berlin, Germany from October 31st 2016 to November 2nd 2016.
Marie-Hélène Véronneau, LEPSIS director, participated, as a panelist, at the preconference of the Early Career Forum of the EUSPR on October 27th 2016.
Two LEPSIS Graduate Students Stood for Prevention Research Annual Conference
During the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in San Francisco which occurred from May 31st 2016 to June 3rd 2016, two graduate students stood out among the participants of the Student Poster Contest organized by the Early Career Preventionist Network (ECPN).
Marie-Claire Vaillancourt (at the right end of the photo) was one of the three winners of the Poster Contest for her poster titled ” The Influence of the Perceived School Climate on Adolescents’ Academic Achievement: Testing the Mediating Role of Intrinsic School Motivation “. Vanessa Blanchette-Luong, Marie-Hélène Véronneau and Cécile Mathys also collaborated on this project.
Rhea Marshall-Denton (at the left end of the photo) was awarded with an honorable mention at the Poster Contest for her poster entitled ” Parental Monitoring and Young Adolescent Susceptibility to Peer Group Social Norms “. Rhea worked with Marie-Pier Dupré, Marie-Hélène Véronneau and Thomas J. Dishion to develop this project.
From May 31st to June 4th, LEPSIS members will participate to the annual meeting of the Society of Prevention Research in San Francisco (CA). They will present their research related to prevention issues.
Société québécoise pour la recherche en psychologie
LEPSIS members will present their recent research at the annual meeting of the Société Québécoise de la Recherche en Psychologie (SQRP) at the Hotel Delta inTrois-Rivières on April 1st to 3rd 2016
Members of our laboratory will participate in the symposium of the «Gestion du stress et adaptation à divers stades du développement humain : Nouvelles découvertes dans le domaine de la compétence émotionnelle, Marie-Hélène Véronneau (UQAM)» on Sunday, April 3rd, at the room Chenaux.
One member of EPSIL will participate at the poster session – Clinical axis on Saturday, April 2nd, from 4pm to 5:30pm.