Researcher

    Leila Ben Amor , M.D. , M.Sc.

    leila.ben.amor.hsj@ssss.gouv.qc.ca
    Leila Ben Amor
    Research Axis
    Brain and Child Development
    Research Theme
    Development of psychopathologies
    Address
    CHUSJ

    Phone
    514 345-4696

    Title

    • Head, Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatry, Nerodevelopment and Genetic Program, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, Montréal (2013)
    • Researcher, Brain Diseases Axis, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, (2013)
    • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal (2013)
    • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval (2004)

    Education

    • Postdoctoral research fellow, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University (2004)
    • Master of Science M.Sc. in Neuroscience, McGill University (2002)
    • Master of Science M.Sc., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Diplôme de formation spécialisée approfondie en psychiatrie de l’enfant et de l’adolescent), Université de Paris V (France) (1992)
    • Master of Science M.Sc., Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tunis (Tunisia) (1991)
    • Medical program M.D. (Medicinae Doctorem), Faculty of Medicine, University of Tunis (Tunisia) (1990)

    Research Interests

    As a clinical reasercher, I am conducting a research project which aim to implement an evidence-based intervention for parents of children with behavior problems. The objective of the study is to evaluate the factors that influence (facilitators or barriers) this implementation in the Quebec health system context.

    I also conducted a research project of a school-based physical activity intervention for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This study aims to evaluate the effet of the physical activity program in ADHD, and to compare this effect in children on medication as compared to those without medication. With these two research experiences, with other studies conducted in ADHD and disruptive disorders (focused on genetic and environmental risk factors) I developped an expertise on externalising disorders.

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Educational Innovation Award – Association des Médecins Spécialistes du Québec (2011
    • Professional development Award - Association des Médecins Psychiatres du Québec (2007
    • Postdoctoral research fellow, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, 80 000 CAD (2002-2004)
    • Pfizer postdoctoral training program (fellow), 80 000 CAD (2000-2002)

    Presentations

    Invited speaker presentation

    Ces enfants qui dérangent : interventions parentales et stratégies d’adaptation. XII Congrès de recherche en psychiatrie, Monastir (Tunisie), 2 & 3 Mars 2012.

    Recherche et TDAH : mise à jour. Journée de formation en TDAH: Le diagnostic différentiel chez les enfants. Québec, 30 septembre 2011.

    Les effets métaboliques des antipsychotiques de seconde génération en fonction de l’âge. Congrès de l’Association des Médecins Psychiatres du Québec. Le Caire (Égypte), 27-29 Juin 2010.

    Scientific Congres presentation

    ÉQUIPE, intervention parentale pour les problèmes précoces du comportement. XVIe journée annuelle AQSMM, Montréal, 3 mai 2013.

    Intervention précoce pour les problèmes du comportement chez les enfants québécois d’âge préscolaire : le programme COPE (Community parent education program). (2011). Ben Amor, L., Leblanc, N., Desmarais, P.-A., Bouchard, P., Simoneau, M., Martel, J., Duval, R.-C., & Archambault, L. Journée de la recherche du CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, Lévis, Québec.

    Projet de base de données pour le suivi longitudinal de patients avec un trouble déficitaire de l’attention. (2010). Desmarais, P.-A., & Ben Amor, L. Journée de la recherche du CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, Lévis, Québec.

    TDAH et prématurité : Imagerie Cérébrale. (2009). St-Hilaire, O., & Ben Amor, L. Journée de la Recherche du CHAU Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, Lévis, Québec

    Most Important Publications

    • Ben Amor L. 1H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study of Stimulant Medication Effect on Brain Metabolites in French Canadian Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 2014.
    • Mattard-Labrecque C, Ben Amor L, Couture MM. Children with Autism and Attention Difficulties: A Pilot Study of the Association between Sensory, Motor, and Adaptive Behaviors. J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 05/2013; 22(2): 139–146.
    • Ben Amor L. Review: adverse effects of different second-generation antipsychotics vary in children and adolescents. Evidence-based mental health 09/2012; 15(4):100.
    • Ben Amor L. Antipsychotics in pediatric and adolescent patients: a review of comparative safety data. Journal of affective disorders 03/2012; 138 Suppl :S22-30.
    • Joober R, Grizenko N, Sengupta S, Ben Amor L, Schmitz N, Schwartz G, Karama S, Lageix P, Fathalli F, Torkaman-Zehi A, Ter Stepanian M. Dopamine transporter 3'-UTR VNTR genotype and ADHD: a pharmaco-behavioural genetic study with methylphenidate. Neuropsychopharmacology. 07/2007; 32(6):1370-6.
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