Fabrice Jollant, MD PhD

Fabrice Jollant

Researcher, Douglas Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Psychiatrist, Douglas Institute


Expertise: Suicide, suicidal behaviour, mood disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, neuropsychology, decision-making, social cognition, emotions, cerebral neuroimaging, fMRI


Fabrice Jollant, M.D., Ph.D., has been an assistant professor and psychiatrist at the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier (France) and a guest research associate at the Institute of Psychiatry of London. In September 2010, he joined the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) at the Douglas Institute.

His research focuses primarily on the cognitive and cerebral bases of vulnerability to suicide. This involves the, in vivo, measurement of processes that could indicate specific stress sensitivity factors. For this, Fabrice Jollant uses neuropsychology and functional neuroimaging. In this way, he has highlighted the fact that people with suicidal vulnerability make disadvantageous decisions compared to patients in a control group and healthy controls.

In addition, Fabrice Jollant led the first functional neuroimaging study of suicidal vulnerability, identifying several dysfunctional cerebral regions in patients with a history of suicidal behaviour. He recently proposed the first neurocognitive model of suicidal vulnerability, on which his current research is based. The general objective is to improve our understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms involved in the suicidal process. This preliminary step is crucial to defining stronger predictive markers and more effective preventive strategies. These studies are currently being done at the Douglas in collaboration with several researchers at the Institute and research groups outside the country (France, United States, United Kingdom).

Dr. Jollant is also principal investigator of the Palawan Suicide Project with Professor Charles MacDonald, anthropologist: https://mgss.ca/palawan-suicide-project.

Fabrice Jollant is also a psychiatrist with the Mood Disorders Program at the Douglas Institute.


  • M.D. (1991-1997): Paris, school of medicine, France
  • Specialty in Psychiatry (1997-2004): Montpellier, school of medicine, France
  • M.Sc. (2002): University Montpellier I, France
  • Visiting research associate (2004-2005): Institute of psychiatry, London, UK
  • Ph.D. (2007): University Montpellier I, France
  • Chef de clinique – assistant des hôpitaux then Praticien Hospitalier Universitaire (2005-2010): Montpellier, school of medicine, France
  • Assistant professor (since 2010): McGill University, Montréal
  • Attending psychiatrist and researcher (since 2010): Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Montréal

Lab Members:

  • Marlène Villaplana (MSc Student)
  • Adam Kendall (MSc Student)
  • Alexandra Hoehne (MSc Student)
  • Lisa Kluen (MSc Student)
  • Yang Ding (PhD Student)


Douglas Institute profile
Recent publications: Pubmed