Disentangling the Relationships between Health and Education

The correlation between health and education, also known as the health-education gradient, is a clearly established empirical result. If higher education is associated with better health, it is however not clear whether the relation is causal. Precisely, three different (and non-necessarily mutually exclusive) pathways can be considered:

1.     Education causes health.
2.     Health causes education.
3.     A third variable positively influences both health and education.

Disentangling the causal pathways between health and education has major policy implications. If education affects health, then it suggests that educational policy could be used as a health policy. If the causality goes from health to education, then using health policy to impact educational outcomes might prove useful

Posted on June 12, 2015 .

Mental Health in College

The objective of this mandate is to assess the effects of the program: "Mental Health in College: equip teachers and professionals to limit the school dropout among depressive students following the transition to college."

Colleges and universities from across North America attended a phenomenal rise in the number of requests for consultations for mental health problems. Of these, depression is listed as one of the strongest predictors of school dropout during the school-college transition. In order to prevent school dropout, this project aims to develop both educational and intervention tools for teachers and professionals who work with depressive students during the school-college transition. Three objectives are pursued: 1. Identify personal, family and school characteristics of students with symptoms of depression in the first year of college; 2- Produce guide-lines for teachers in this population; 3- Produce an intervention guide for professionals involved in mental health among students with symptoms of depression. 

Year(s): 2014-2015
Location: Montreal, Canada
UQAM, Department of Psychology 


Posted on June 11, 2015 .

Screening for Distress of people with cancer

With the objective to better meet the psychosocial needs of people treated for cancer at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (HMR), a systematic screening tool for distress was implanted.

The objective is multiple: 1-evaluate the process of implementation of the tool, 2-seek to understand the interactional and contextual phenomena around the Screening for Distress, 3-gather information on the distress experienced by the target clientele at specific times of the care trajectory, and also 4-better understand nurses perceptions about distress screening.

Year(s): 2014 - 2015
Location: Montreal, Canada
Client: CHUM

Posted on June 11, 2015 .

Trial project : "Ottawa Safe"

I assisted Ottawa Public Health in developing information gathering tools for the trial project : Ottawa Safe. The goal of shifting the current online food inspection disclosure system to Ottawa Safe is to improve food safety standards, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, raise consumer awareness of food safety, and recognize businesses that consistently uphold food safety practices. Research shows disclosure systems improve compliance with food safety legislation and enhance food safety standards in food business establishments. 

Year(s): 2014
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Client: Ottawa Public Health

Posted on December 11, 2014 .

Graduating from high school : SEM Analysis

The socio-demographic and academic characteristics of individuals can have more or less impact on their school careers, particularly on obtaining a high school diploma. Moreover, these paths can be influenced by an other factor: friends. The objective of this mandate is to support researchers from UQAM's Department of Psychology. Specifically, I performed a series of statistical analyzes : structural equation modeling with latent variables for longitudinal data to testing a predictive theoretical model of graduation.

Year(s): 2014
Location: Montreal, Canada
Client: UQAM, Department of Psychology

Posted on July 11, 2014 .

Anticipate the needs of the population in terms of rehabilitative care

The aging population and the chronicity of diseases will have significant impacts on future medical needs of Montrealers, particularly in terms of rehabilitation care. This mandate has consisted in a thoroughly review of the existing literature, identifying studies or research to predict the needs of the population, in order to anticipate the impact of the two factors mentioned above. We have helped Rehabilitation Hospital Villa-Medica to redefine the contours of the services offered to Montrealers.

Year(s): 2013
Location: Montreal, Canada
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Hospital Villa-Medica

Posted on August 11, 2013 .

Stimulate cognitive abilities to prevent school failure

The main objective of this study was to measure the effects of musical practice on two aspects of student learning: cognitive development and school achievements. This study, based on a rigorous methodology (randomized trial), target pupils from modest or disadvantaged social backgrounds, with the idea to test the effectiveness of the practice of musical activities on the fight against early school difficulties and social and cultural inequalities.

Year(s): 2010-2012
Location: Dijon, France
Sponsor: Fond d'expérimentation à la jeunesse

Posted on November 11, 2012 .

Fight again the failure at primary school

School failure in France is a worrying phenomenon and it appears very early in the school trajectory. Injection of significant resources, legislative interventions, reforms ... nothing seems to reverse, for now, these trend. I worked with the "Institut Montaigne" in drafting the report "Lutter contre l'échec scolaire." This report provides an overview, reminds the mechanisms related to school failure in primary school and shows that there is no fatality in this area. Finally, we propose 13 concrete measures which could help to reduce school failure.

Year(s): 2009-2010
Location: Paris, France
Client: Institut Montaigne

Posted on December 31, 2010 .

Comparative analysis of education systems

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being worldwide. I have supported the OECD in drafting reports on the comparison of education systems in order to understand how they prepare young people for modern life.
Year (s): 2010
Location: Paris
Client: OECD

Posted on October 31, 2010 .

Management of the Francophone space of Rach Gia, Vietnam

The francophone space of Rach Gia is a place of exchange on the francophonie in the Mekong Delta region. It is also a space for training technicians on the basis of the French experience, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. I am proud to have been able to support the Francophone Rach Gia.

Year(s): 2008
Location: Rach Gia, Vietnam
Client: AIDEV 

Posted on December 31, 2008 .

Benchmark analysis of training in bioengineering (France / Vietnam)

The objective of this mandate was to analyze and compare two formations of technicians in bioengineering. The objective of this mandate, which took place within the context of an international cooperation between the IUT of Amiens in France and ESC of Kien Gian in Vietnam, was to harmonize the two trainings and and to offer a Franco-Vietnamese degree. The study of skill references, descriptions of programs, as well as assessment of the level of the students, questionnaires, observations sessions in laboratories and interviews made it possible to light the path still to be covered before the creation of a joint degree. Recommendations have been made in this direction.

Year(s): 2008
Location: Rach Gia, Vietnam
Clients: ESC / IUT Amiens

Posted on October 11, 2008 .