Françoise Maheu , Ph.D.
    Françoise Maheu
    Research Axis
    Brain and Child Development Axis
    Research Theme
    Development of psychopathologies

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    • Assistant Researcher, Department of Child Psychiatry, CHU Sainte-Justine.
    • Affiliated to the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal.


    • Postdoctorate, Laboratory of Dr Daniel S. Pine, Emotional Development and Affective Neuroscience Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, USA, 2005-2008.
    • PhD in Experimental Neuropsychology, University of Montreal, 1998-2004.
    • BSc in Psychology, University of Montreal, 1994-1997.

    Research Interests

    • Study of the associations between fear (amygdala, ventro-medial prefrontal cortex) and reward (amygdala, striatum, orbito-frontal cortex) neuronal circuitry function (using magnetic resonance imagery techniques), anxiety disorders and major depression in children and adolescents.
    • Study of the associations between early life adversity (emotional and physical negligence, abuse), fear and reward circuitry function (using magnetic resonance imagery techniques), cortisol (stress hormone) function and emotion regulation in children and adolescents.
    • Study of the associations between medial temporal lobe (amygdala, hippocampus) and fear circuitry function (using magnetic resonance imagery techniques), chronic corticosteroid dysfunctions, memory and emotional difficulties (anxiety, major depression) in children and adolescents with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (corticosteroids hyposecretion, androgens hypersecretion) and Cushing syndrome (corticosteroids hypersecretion).
    • Characterization of the psycho-emotional profile and pain response in youths with, or at high risk for, idiopathic scoliosis. Evaluation of the emotional and pain regulation using behavioural tasks, and evaluation of neuronal substrates underlying emotional and pain processing using magnetic resonance imagery techniques.

    Awards and Distinctions

    • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2006-2008.
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 2005-2007.
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec, 2005-2007.
    • Nair Award, Douglas Hospital Research Centre/McGill University, for the article Maheu, Joober, Beaulieu, & Lupien, 2004.
    • J.A. DeSève Award, University of Montreal, 2003.
    • Doctoral Fellowships, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec, 1999-2003.

    Salary Awards

    • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), 2010-2015.
    • Chercheur-boursier junior 1, Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), 2010-2014.

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