Marie Brossard-Racine OT, PhD

Principal Investigator / Lab Director

Marie Brossard-Racine is a neuroscientist at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre. She founded the ABCD Research Lab in 2015 as she took on her position as an Assistant Professor at McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. She is also an Associate Member of the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery.


Dr. Brossard-Racine worked for many years as a pediatric Occupational Therapist here in Quebec. In parallel to her clinical practice, she completed her PhD in rehabilitation sciences at McGill University. She then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in diagnostic imaging and radiology at the Children’s National Health System in Washington DC, where she trained with advanced quantitative magnetic resonance imaging techniques applied to the fetal and newborn brains. Using her interdisciplinary expertise, she is now building new knowledge to better understand the underlying mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders and delineating critical time periods of brain plasticity. 

Amanda Pedriks MSc

Clinical Research Coordinator

Amanda works as a research coordinator in the ABCD Research Lab. She handles the day-to-day operations of the lab and coordinates the many study visits. She completed her MSc.(A) in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University and has a clinical and research background in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. In terms of fun, she enjoys music and concerts, mogul skiing, and all things outdoors.

Mariane Doucet, BSc
Study Coordinator

Mariane joined the ABCD Research Lab in May 2019 to further expend on her interests in neuropediatrics and imaging techniques. She supports the lab with different baby and adolescent study visits. She is currently doing her master’s in psychology at Université de Montréal and focuses her research on mild traumatic brain injuries in athletes. Besides research, she enjoys travelling, thriller novels and different sports, such as cross-country skiing.

Kimberly Fontes MSc

Research Assistant

Kimberly joined the ABCD Research Lab in January 2017 as a master’s student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University. The objective of her research project was to explore hippocampal shape and volume differences in youth with congenital heart disease. She is currently working as a part-time research assistant, providing support to the ongoing studies. She is also pursuing a graduate diploma in bioethics at l’Université de Montréal. Outside of the lab, she enjoys discovering new local restaurants and cafes. In her free time, she enjoys playing and watching sports.

Francine Duval

MRI Technologist

Francine joined the ABCD Research team in 2017 as a Magnetic Resonance Technologist. She has acquired a rich expertise with different modalities imaging such as echocardiography, magnetic resonance, CT-scan as well as hemodynamics. In recent years, she has worked mainly in the basic research area by performing heart echograms on small animals. For fun, Francine enjoys tennis, golf, reading, and walking in nature. She also sings in a choir.

Antonys Melek 

MRI Technologist

Antonys has been working in the ABCD Research Lab since March 2017. During study visits, he is responsible for preparing participants for their MRI and setting up the study environment. He is responsible for running the MRI exam, as well as recording, archiving, and sending the data to researchers. He earned his first diploma in radiography at Technical Health Institute in Cairo, Egypt in 2002. He earned his second diploma in Applied Science focusing on Radiologic Science at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, USA. Outside of work, he likes biking, reading Charles Dickens, and mechanics.

Graduate students
Eliane Dionne OT, MSc

PhD student

Eliane is a doctoral student at the ABCD Research Lab. She completed an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics, followed by a professional Master's in Occupational Therapy, both at the University of Ottawa. She currently works part-time as a pediatric Occupational Therapist with children who have motor and learning difficulties. Her research interests focus on children with developmental coordination disorders and learning disabilities. In her free time, Eliane enjoys playing piano and swimming.

Kaitlyn Easson BSc

MSc student

Kaitlyn joined the ABCD Research Lab in September 2017 as a Master's student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University. She is interested in using neuroimaging techniques to study typical and atypical human neurodevelopment. For her current research project, she is using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate white matter integrity and its relationship with neurocognitive outcomes in adolescents born with congenital heart disease. She holds an Honour’s Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience from Queen’s University. Outside of the lab, her interests include music, reading, baking, and yoga.

Marie-Eve Bolduc OT, MSc

PhD student

Marie-Eve joined the ABCD Research Lab as a Doctoral student in September 2016. She completed an undergraduate degree in Occupation Therapy and a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University. Her interests are directed towards pediatric outcome research. 

Elly Htite, BSc
MSc student

Elly joined the ABCD Research Lab as a Master’s student in the Integrated Program of Neuroscience at McGill University. She obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (Option in Neuroscience) at the University of Ottawa. In her current project, she is using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to characterize hippocampal growth in preterm infants. In her free time, Elly enjoys watching movies and drinking good coffee. 

Undergraduate students
Alyson Jiang

Undergraduate student

Alyson is a U3 Pharmacology and Therapeutics student at McGill University. She joined the ABCD Research Lab in May 2018 as a volunteer and helps out with baby study visits, data extraction, administering tests, and phone interviews. She is interested in the relationship between cognitive development and congenital heart disease in children and adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, and obsessing over corgis. 

Emma Somer

Undergraduate student

Emma is a U3 student in neuroscience at McGill University. She joined the ABCD Research Lab in May 2018 as a volunteer and helps with baby study visits, data extraction, and MRI quality assessment. She is interested in neuroimaging techniques and learning how to better improve outcomes for children susceptible to neurodevelopmental disorders. Outside of the lab, she loves to try new restaurants and play with her dog.

  • Assil Abda - M2 Student (2016)

  • Wren Boehlen - U3 Student in Neurosciences (2018-2019)

  • Athena Buckthought - Research Associate (2018-2019)

  • François Courtin - MSc in Bioinformatics (2019)

  • Sylviya Ganeshamoorthy - U3 Student in Neurosciences (2016-2017)

  • Lotfi Kesraoui - Research Assistant (2016-2017)

  • Olivia Leones - U3 Student in Cognitive Sciences (2016)

  • Sossy Sahakian - Research Assistant (2016)

  • Monica Salas - U3 Biomedical Engineering (2019)

  • Dylan Vatcher - M2 Student (2016)

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