MA, PhD, HDR
I'm a behavioral neuroscientist and more recently a therapist. For over a decade my research has focused on the neuroscience of motherhood and the effects of maternal mental illness and antidepressant medications on the mother and offspring. One key theme that has come from my research experience is that effective treatment to maintain maternal mental health is necessary. I regularly speak nationally and internationally about my research findings as well as the fascinating effects of motherhood on the maternal brain. For more see research and media.
Recently I have completed additional training in applied counselling and psychotherapy. My focus is to provide support and counselling for women struggling with their transition to pregnancy and motherhood, feelings about their medication use, and struggles with loss. I am presently working towards my registered professional counselor designation (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counselors Association as well as the designation of 'Psychologist' in France. Please get in touch if you have questions.
I am a Canadian based in France where I live with my husband and 2 young children. I gave birth to one child in Belgium and one in the USA so I have a bit of an understanding of the feelings associated with becoming a parent as well as what it is like to live and mother in a foreign country; the challenges with language, customs, cultural expectations, loneliness and lack of family support.
Certificate in Applied Counselling Studies in The Practice of Psychotherapy (2019)
Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, Canada
H.D.R. Sciences de la vie (2019)
Universite de Rennes 1, France
Ph.D. Neuroscience (2007)
Program in Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, The University of British Columbia, Canada
M.A. Psychology (2003), Diploma in Neuroscience.
Department of Psychology, Program in Neuroscience, University of Toronto, Canada
B.Sc. Biopsychology (2000),
The University of British Columbia, Canada
Associate Editor - Women's Mental Health - Frontiers in Global Women's Health
Editorial Board member - Archives of Women's Mental Health (Springer) @AWMH_Journal
Editorial Board member - Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (Elsevier)
Editorial Advisory Board - Journal of Neuroendocrinology (Wiley) / Guest Editor Parental Brain Special Issue
Guest Editor - European Journal of Neuroscience (Wiley) Sex Difference Special Issue
Advisory committee - Parental Brain Meetings: @ParentalBrain
Fellow, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society • www.ibnsconnect.org @IBNSConnect