Founder & Director | Co-chair of UNESCO-PREV | Professor of Psychology at UQÀM | Clinical Psychologist

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). 


Administrative Coordinator

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.

SÉBASTIEN BROUILLETTE-ALARIE, Postdoctoral Fellow in Criminology at Universite Laval
Scientific Coordinator | Junior Researcher 

Sébastien Brouillette-Alarie (Ph.D.) is the scientific coordinator of the Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) and 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.


Training Coordinator 

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.




MARIE-EVE GOSSELIN, B.Sc. Student in Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal
Knowledge Mobilization & Public Relations Coordinator

Marie-Eve comes from the high tech industry where she worked a few years in administration and human resources. She has developed a specialty in change management and a strong interest in organizational culture and process optimization. Marie-Eve is interested in understanding how social influence and individual processes affect our well-being and motivate our actions. She has a lot of ideas and loves to put them into action for them to become reality.

SARAH OUSMAN, M.Sc. Candidate at Université de Montréal
Mapping Lead 


Sarah is a Master’s student in the Department of Psychiatry at Université de Montréal. She is working on emotional and psychological vulnerabilities that could facilitate the pathways towards violent religious extremism. She is also a Psychology student at UQAM. Sarah is interested in clinical activities in a context of radicalization and violent extremism as well as in the assessment of violence risk.


Research Fellow 

Hicham is a fellow at the German Institute for Radicalization and deradicalization (GIRDS) and a senior researcher with the study, Canadian Foreign Fighters at Waterloo University. He has worked closely with families and individuals affected by terrorism and done fieldwork in Germany, Turkey, Morocco, and Canada. His research focuses on radicalization, disengagement from violent extremism, Muslim identity construction, and Islamic schooling.


Junior Researcher 

Wynnpaul Varela is a music education researcher and English language teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in education (2018) and is interested in musical self-regulation across the lifespan, systematic review techniques, and the use of technology to help musicians practice more efficiently. He has an M.A. in teaching English as a foreign/second language (2004). Before coming to Montreal, he spent 14 years teaching English in Japan.



ARBER FETIU, Ph.D. Candidate at Université de Montreal
Research Assistant

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, Ph.D. Candidate at Université du Québec à Montréal
Research Assistant 

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, M.Sc. | JD Candidate at Queens University
Research Assistant 

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, planning to specialize in immigration and refugee law. 



ÉMILIE PIGEON-GAGNÉ, Ph.D. Candidate at Université du Québec à Montréal
Knowledge mobilization assistant 

Émilie Pigeon-Gagné is a doctoral candidate in community and transcultural psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her doctoral work focuses on the dynamics of social exclusion and stigma associated with severe mental health disorders in urban Burkina Faso. She has done immersive fieldwork in a psychiatric ward as well as with traditional healers to better understand traditional and modern conceptions of mental health disorders. Émilie is particularly interested in developing culturally sensitive research and intervention tools in contexts characterized by deep social inequalities and power imbalances.


ÉMILIE KARUNA, B.Sc. in Psychology
Training Assistant

Émilie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and currently studies psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal where she plans to begin her doctoral studies in 2019. Her research interests are in intervention through expressive arts as well as in mental health care for immigrant populations. In addition to her work at CPN-PREV, Émilie works for the research and training center SHERPA, where she facilitates creative expression workshops with teenagers and children, many of                                                              whom are immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.  

Consultant | Systematic Reviews Project Manager of CLSP

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.



Consultant | Library & Research Assistant of CSLP

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.