Cécile Rousseau, MD, M.Sc., Pediatric Psychiatrist and Director, Transcultural Research and Intervention Team (TRIT)

Transcultural Psychiatry
Fun fact about me 

I have a bicycle addiction.

I love working with children and their families because 
They remind me that there is something worthwhile in humanity!

Hospital information

Academic appointments 

Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

Other appointments 

Scientific Director, Research and Training Centre, CSSS de la Montagne


Medical Degree 

Medicine University of Sherbrooke


Psychiatry, University of Montreal


Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University


Research interests 

As a clinician, I provide collaborative care for immigrant and refugee children in multiethnic areas of Montreal. My research program complements this work by studying models of collaborative mental health care, prevention programs in schools and the impact of migration policies.

Research foci 
  • Secondary traumas in the context of war and organized violence;
  • Mental health of immigrants and refugees;
  • Collaborative mental health care for children and youth;
  • Creative expression in school programs;
  • Migration policies and immigrant and refugee health. 

Adolescents, children, refugees, mental health, trauma, services, collaboration, schools, prevention, policies 

Selected publications 

Rousseau, C., Nadeau, L., & Measham, T. (2013). Addressing trauma in collaborative mental health care for refugee children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 18(1), 121-136.

Rousseau, C., Armand, F., Laurin‐Lamothe, A., Gauthier, M. F., & Saboundjian, R. (2012). Innovations in Practice: A pilot project of school‐based intervention integrating drama and language awareness. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17(3), 187-190. 

Rousseau, C., Nadeau, L., Laurin-Lamothe, A., & Deshaies, S. (2012). Measuring the quality of interprofessional collaboration in child mental health collaborative care. International Journal of Integrated Care, 12.

Rousseau, C., Pottie, K., Thombs, B., Munoz, M., & Jurcki, T. (2011). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Evidence Review for Newly Arriving Immigrants and Refugees, Canadian Medical Association Journal, www.cmaj.ca/lookup/suppl/doi:10.1503/cmaj.090313/-/DC1

Rousseau, C., Hassan, G., Moreau, N., & Thombs, B. (2011) Perceived Discrimination and its Association with Psychological Distress in Newly Arrived Immigrants before and after 9/11. American Journal of Public Health, 101(5), 909-915.