Marie Brossard-Racine OT, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Brain and Child Development

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 Associate 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. 

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Postdoctoral researchers
Sarah Palmis, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sarah joined the ABCD research laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow in February 2021. She completed a PhD in Neurosciences at Université de Aix-Marseille. During her PhD she developed an expertise in functional MRI technique as a proxy to study neural and motor development. During her postdoctoral training, Sarah is interested in using a variety of quantitative structural MRI techniques to characterize brain growth in a variety of clinical populations. In her free time, she enjoys doing sport in particular basketball, reading, listening to music, and cooking.

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

PhD student

Kaitlyn joined the ABCD Research Lab in September 2017 as a Master's student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University, and fast-tracking to the PhD program in September 2019. 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 microstructure and its relationship with neurocognitive outcomes in adolescents and young adults born preterm or 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. 

Fatima Abboud, BSc
MSc student

Fatima joined the ABCD Research Lab as a Master’s student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University in September 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Guelph where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Statistics. In her current project, she is employing magnetic resonance imaging and machine learning techniques to identify structural neurobiomarkers of executive dysfunction in adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease. Outside of the lab, Fatima enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her cat.

Undergraduate students
Véronique Mallet

U3 student

Véronique joined the ABCD Research lab in September 2021 as a third-year undergraduate student in Honours Cognitive science at McGill University. She is interested in the structure-function relationships of the brain and how it relates to development. This year, she will be working on a project that examines the brain structure of preterm infants to find MRI-based biomarkers for various developmental disorders. Her interests include travel, cooking, finding quaint coffee shops, and music.

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.

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.

  • Assil Abda - M2 Student (2016)

  • Wren Boehlen - U3 Neurosciences (2018-2019)

  • Athena Buckthought - Research Associate (2018-2019)

  • François Courtin - MSc in Bioinformatics (2019)

  • Kimberly Fontes - MSc in Neuroscience (2016-2019); Research Assistant (2019)

  • Sylviya Ganeshamoorthy - U3 Neurosciences (2016-2017)

  • Alyson Jiang - U3 Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2018-2019)

  • Lotfi Kesraoui - Research Assistant (2016-2017)

  • Olivia Leones - U3 Cognitive Sciences (2016)

  • Amanda Pedriks - Research coordinator (2017-2021)

  • Sossy Sahakian - Research Assistant (2016)

  • Monica Salas - U3 Biomedical Engineering (2019)

  • Emma Somer - U3 Neuroscience (2018-2019)

  • Dylan Vatcher - M2 Student (2016)

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