Tina Montreuil


Pathway: REACH


Dr. Tina C. Montreuil is the director of Childhood Anxiety and Regulation of Emotions Laboratory C.A.R.E. Research Group, a Regular Investigator of the Research Unit of Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP), and a Full member of the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF). She is a recent awardee (September 2021) of the regarded Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) that offers an interdisciplinary mentorship model, from developmental psychologists, occupational therapists, and pediatricians to early-mid career researchers working on improving child health and well-being. She has gained recognition as a child well-being (i.e., emotion regulation, stress and anxiety), and parenting expert for the work that she leads in prevention and child development. Montreuil’s areas of expertise include Child, Parent and Families well-being, Social-Emotional Development and Learning, prevention – early intervention and mental health literacy / advocacy. More specifically, Montreuil’s current research focuses on investigating the role of emotion regulation, attitudes, and beliefs on the intergenerational transmission mechanisms of emotion regulation. Mediators and moderators of emotion regulation such as the role of parental socialization of emotions, parental resilience are also investigated. Notably, her research has demonstrated that parent emotion regulation is mediated by parental emotion socialization to predict child emotion regulation. In order words, the parent’s response(s) to their child’s emotional reaction/distress impacts the child ability to regulate. Montreuil’s work first began working on school-based mental health by focusing on the promotion of emotion regulation in students and teachers. During her implementation of the universal emotion regulation school-based program called Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools, she developed, it became evident that working with young children required working with parents. This naturally led to the development of a complementary parenting program called Parenting C.A.R.E. which has been facilitated throughout the province in both English and French. Montreuil’s current work focuses on developing resilience and well-being in expectant parents through an intervention, Parents & Babies, which she has developed with a team of Canadian researchers.

Discipline: Psychology

Centre: McGill University

Supervisors / Mentors: Dr. Armando Bertone

Project Title: Quantifying the impact of preventive interventions and the impact of perinatal anxiety and depressive symptoms on the child's cognitive and social-emotional development

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