Isabelle Thibault

Associate professor, département de psychoéducation, Université de Sherbrooke

Regular members

  • (2015) Doctorate (Clinical Sciences). Université de Sherbrooke
  • (2009) Master's degree with thesis (Psychoeducation). Université de Sherbrooke
  • (2007) Bachelor's (Psychoeducation). Université de Sherbrooke.

Why are children as young as 9 or 10 so preoccupied with their image that they diet, fast, or exercise excessively to control their appearance? Why do some children and teenagers have normal concerns about their appearance, while others have concerns that take over and affect their adjustment?

These are the issues that excite me and motivate my research. My work focuses on the contributing factors of disordered eating and eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa) in children and adolescents. I am interested in contributing factors, mechanisms and trajectories, because it is possible to act on them to modify developmental pathways. This work falls under Axis 2 of GRISE.

The link between research and intervention is very important to me. I am now a researcher, but I am first and foremost a psychoeducator. I started my career in rehabilitation services in a youth centre and I loved working with this clientele. I am still involved with the CIUSSS de l’Estrie CHUS Eating Disorders Clinic to maintain a link with the field. This association with research allows me to deepen my understanding of the problems, in order to design adjusted interventions, taking into account the reality of practitioners, workers and clients.

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