Dr. Ghayda Hassan is a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at UQÀM. She has a number of research, clinical, and community-based national and international affiliations. She is the director of the Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV, funded by Public Safety Canada). She also is a UNESCO co-chair on Prevention of Violence Radicalization, as well as a researcher and clinical consultant at the SHERPA-RAPS team and the CIUSSS-CODIM. She is a researcher, clinician, as well as a policy consultant in matters of interventions in the context of violence (radicalization, family violence, and war).
Pablo Madriaza holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, an MA in Anthropology from Universiy of Chile, an MA in Sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), France and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Paris-Descartes, France. He has participated in numerous research projects and publications on school violence, crime, and the prison system, especially in an urban context. Recently, he has conducted various studies on preventing radicalization and violent extremism, social conflict, and collective action, as well as the prevention of crime. He has taught in several universities and has participated in several intervention projects principally linked to school violence, domestic violence, and mental health intervention community programmes.
Sébastien Brouillette-Alarie (Ph.D.) is a postdoctoral fellow in criminology at Université Laval. He has published peer-reviewed articles on 1) The risk assessment of criminal recidivism; 2) The latent structure of risk scales for sexual offenders; 3) The etiology of risk in sexual offenders; 4) Sexual sadism; 5) The offending process of hebephiles, and 6) Psychopathy among women. He is slowly making inroads into the field of violent radicalization, in which he aims to apply his scientific rigor and curiosity, as well as his expertise in research, psychometry, and statistics.
Paola Porcelli has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and several experiences as a Trainer and as a Researcher. She has collaborated with public and private structures, community organizations, international NGOs, and universities located in different countries. During these missions, she has supported the implementation of mental health and psychosocial programs for vulnerable users through participatory, strength-based and culturally sensitive approaches.
Jean Perrault has over 25 years of experience in both psychosocial and medical research. As a director, he set up a clinical trial management organization and contributed significantly to the success of a group dedicated to knowledge transfer in the psychosocial field. Recognized for his rigor, Mr. Perrault was responsible for planning and monitoring activities, writing partnership agreements, relations with service providers, procurement, human resources, budget management, and cost control. His writing skills have been used to produce a variety of reports and numerous outputs.
Sarah Ousman is a Psy.D./Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQÀM) under the supervision of Ghayda Hassan (UQÀM) and Anne Crocker (Institut national de psychiatrie légale Philippe-Pinel de Montréal). Sarah is interested in clinical intervention in a context of radicalization leading to violence and her doctoral thesis will focus on the assessment of violence risk related to radicalization and violent extremism. Sarah is also the Mapping Lead of the Canadian Practitioner Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV).
Arber Fetiu pursuing his Ph.D. at the department of sociology at Université de Montreal. His research interests are on trajectories of radicalization, politics of secularism, extremist groups, nationalism, and topics related. He has previously carried research for the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) and the International Center for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) He is also a member of PLURADICAL research team at Université de Montreal.
Lysiane Lavoie is a Ph.D. student at the department of psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. Her research looks at citizen engagement and alternatives narratives as a step towards depolarization of the points of view in young people. She has previously done research for St-Mary’s Hospital Research Center.
Deniz Kilinc has completed his Master’s degree in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. His thesis explored processes of resilience and creative expression on the mental well-being of Syrian refugee children living outside of refugee camps in Turkey. He will start his law degree at Queens University in the upcoming semester.
Kawser Ahmed received his PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of Manitoba in 2017. He is associated with the Center for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS) as a research fellow and as a junior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Safety (TSAS). He has numerous publications to his credit on UN peacekeeping operations, peace building in western urban context, community based intervention in countering extremism, and conflict related to human displacement. He is currently a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Daniela Aranibar is a Master’s student in the program of Educational Studies at Concordia University. She has previously worked in the development of pedagogical tools aiming for the prevention of violent radicalization for practitioners in the French penitentiary system. Her interests focus on the field of applied research, as well as on the development of education programs that can have a lasting positive social impact.
Olga Siebert is a student in the Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies program at Concordia University. Her academic background is in political science, discipline in which she holds a Master of Arts (M.A.). Before coming to Montreal, she worked in Brussels as a representative to European institutions in different refugee non-profit organizations, as a policy assistant at Open Society Foundations and a researcher (“Schuman Scholar”) at European Parliament. Olga is primarily interested in the impact of new technology and online social movements on the advancement of human rights, e.g. feminist empowerment via social media.
David Pickup is a librarian working as the information specialist for the Systematic Reviews team at Concordia University’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CLSP), as well as a member of the part-time faculty in the department of education. For the past eight years, he has also consulted with teams working on Campbell Collaboration systematic reviews, first as the trials search advisor for the Education Coordinating Group, and more recently consulting with the Disability Group. He routinely reviews the search strategies for Campbell Collaboration protocols and finished reviews.
Eugene’s professional expertise and research interests are in the areas of cognitive and educational psychology, learning and instruction, language acquisition, and methodology/practice of systematic reviews, particularly meta-analyses. He has over 15 years of experience in designing, conducting, and publishing meta-analytical research and in developing methodology and practical applications of systematic reviews in social sciences and education.
Teodora has completed a B.sc. in Criminology and is presently studying Psychology at UQAM. She works in the mental health field as a crisis intervention worker and has also worked with various criminalized populations in the area of Montreal. Her interests include, among others, transcultural psychiatry and the development of identity and sense of belonging among immigrants.
Leslie-Ann is currently completing a Ph.D. in psychology and a certificate in theology at Laval University. Her thesis regards the union of theoretical models in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. She is interested in emotion regulation, ethics and in the integration of intervention tools sensitive to culture and religious identity for a responsible practice. She is also an ambassador for suicide prevention after working a few years as a first-line intervenor in the field.
Naila is currently working at the CPN-PREV in the internship of her dreams! She is an undergraduate psychology student at UQÀM, completing an honours thesis this winter. She hopes to pursue doctoral studies following the completion of her degree.
Due to her unique upbringing in the home of a prominent Muslim feminist and scholar in Ontario, Naila was exposed early on to activists from diverse backgrounds, including from other faith communities and from the Muslim LGBTQIA+ community. This gave her an early grasp of the importance of intersectionality, diversity, and empowerment.
Éléa Laetitia Savard is one session away from graduating a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Université de Montréal. She previously worked as a special care counselor with teenagers having a conduct disorder in Quebec and France. She is now working within the Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) and the Philippe-Pinel Institute of Montreal to prevent violent radicalization and extremism. Her other research interests are attachment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, identity, and social interactions.
Laurie is completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UQAM and is currently working on the mapping project at the CPN-PREV. Under the supervision of Professor Ghayda Hassan, she will complete an honours thesis on the needs of organizations who are committed to the prevention of radicalization leading to violence. She works in the field of mental health as a crisis and suicide prevention worker. As far as research, she is interested in the effectiveness of the methods and strategies used by community resources addressing mental health crises.
Sophie, a Bachelor student in Psychology at UQÀM, is currently beginning her Honours thesis under the supervision of Ghayda Hassan on Canadian prevention programs in radicalization and violent extremism. She also works with adolescents with family difficulties, as well as for a mental health support group. In addition to these practical experiences, Sophie is particularly interested in intergroup relations.