Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment / Groupe de recherche sur l’inadaptation psychosociale chez l’enfant (GRIP)


GRIP (Groupe de recherche sur l’inadaptation psychosociale chez l’enfant/Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment) unites researchers from different fields, including anthropology, biology, criminology, demography, education, genetics, neurosciences, nutrition, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, and sociology. These various aspects of behaviour and development are studied in an integrated model of longitudinal-experimental studies on GRIP cohorts. The GRIP-McGill team includes many graduate and post-doctoral trainees,and involves them in GRIP’s cross-disciplinary projects. Trainees benefit from working in this uniquely diversified research environment and carry the legacy of their McGill training with them as they pursue their careers around the world.

Research programs and priorities


GRIP has three core research themes:

(1) Learn how to predict child maladjustment by delineating the geographic prevalence of maladjustment, describing problems that are specific to these areas, and identifying biopsychosocial factors that can act as protective/risk factors.

(2) Understand the contributing familial and environmental factors, for example through the study of peers and school settings.

(3) Study interventions that could prevent childhood maladjustment.

Through its activities, GRIP has developed close relationships with families, school personnel and school boards. We use large cohorts of subjects to establish longitudinal trajectories of childhood maladjustment (see, which help us to reach these goals.

GRIP-McGill is supported by funds provided by McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

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