Chantal Cyr

Canada Research Chair in Child Attachment and Development

Tier 2 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2023-07-01
Université du Québec à Montréal
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Research involves

Studying attachment relationships, child development and intervention among child populations with potential adaptation difficulties.

Research relevance

This research will provide insight into child development and will be useful in devising innovative intervention protocols to foster healthy development of children and improved clinical practices.

Research summary

Many children are vulnerable to developing cognitive, socio-emotional and neurophysiological problems that could hinder their ability to adapt to adulthood. Early intervention aimed at helping young children develop a secure feeling of attachment to their parents is key to the healthy development of vulnerable children.

Dr. Chantal Cyr, Canada Research Chair in Child Attachment and Development, is interested in child attachment and development, particularly among children who are mistreated. Using observational, longitudinal and intervention methods, as well as meta-analyses, Cyr and her research team are assessing the effects, optimal implementation conditions and action targets for the Intervention Relationnelle (IR) (a parent-child intervention program), as well as the role played by the case worker. They are also analyzing the risk/protection factors for developing children in order to understand their (mal)adaptation and enhance the IR. Their work is being carried out in cooperation with clinical communities here and internationally, and will contribute to families’ well-being and help put in place best professional practices.