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 the scientific coordinator of the Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) and a lecturer at the University of Montréal. His areas of expertise are a) quantitative research, psychometry, and scientific writing, b) risk assessment of criminal recidivism, c) prevention of sexual violence, and d) prevention of violent radicalization. He has also worked as a clinician for the sex evaluation laboratory of the Institut national de psychiatrie légale Philippe-Pinel. His current research interests include the effectiveness of prevention programs that aim to counter violent radicalization, risk assessment tools for sexual offenders, and criminal desistance.
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 doctoral student in Psychology (Psy.D./Ph.D.) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), and a FRQSC scholarship holder. Her thesis, which focuses on the assessment of the risk of violence related to radicalization and extremism, is directed by Ghayda Hassan (UQÀM) and Anne Crocker (Institut national de psychiatrie légale Philippe-Pinel de Montréal). In addition to her interest in clinical intervention in a context of radicalization and social polarizations, Sarah is interested in transcultural psychology and in working with refugee women as well as marginalized communities.
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.
Chenyuan Zhang is a master student of Information Studies at McGill University. Having a bachelor degree of computer sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has been working as a web designer since his third year in university. His interest lies in human-computer interaction where he strives to achieve both usability and aesthetics of digital products. Being part of the website team at CPN-PREV, he is excited to promote the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism to practitioners and the general public.
Aziz is a Masters student in Information Studies at McGill University with interest in knowledge management and user experience design. He has extensive experience on web systems and content management and is passionate about everything design. He also sketches and paints during his spare time and loves collecting vintage film cameras.
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.
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.
Wynnpaul Varela is a Montreal-based independent researcher. His research interests include age-related differences in musical self-regulation, systematic reviews, and educational technology.
Mélina Girard is currently a student at the Université de Montréal, where she is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology – specialization in analysis. She also previously completed a year of study in psychology. Combining these two fields, her research interests revolve around criminology, victimology and psychology. More specifically, she is interested in criminal trajectories, prevention of radicalization and macro-social factors that have an impact on the variation of crime.
Emmanuel Danis recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Quebec in Montreal(UQAM). He joined the CPN-PREV team to combine his personal interest in violent radicalization with his skills in writing and analyzing scientific literature. His future goal is to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology, with a focus on cognitive behavioural therapy.
Eugene 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. His 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, and particularly meta analyses.
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.
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.
Having acquired a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Université de Sherbrooke, Zineb is interested in issues regarding marginalized communities and the “living together”. Her experiences as an intern and volunteer with immigrants and refugees are aligned with her desire to specialize in intercultural psychology.