Presentation of a preventive approach to substance use focusing on personality traits
Speaker: Patricia Conrod
Patricia Conrod is a full professor in the departement of psychiatry at Université de Montréal, researcher at the CHU Sainte-Justine Mother and Child Hospital Centre in Montreal and holds the Chair Dr Julien/Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu en pédiatrie sociale en communauté. Her research focuses on cognitive, personality and biological risk factors for the development and maintenance of drug abuse and the factors that mediate the co-occurrence of addictive behaviours with other mental disorders.
Her experimental research focuses on factors that make people more susceptible to seek out behavioral reinforcement from drugs of abuse. More recently, her research findings have led to the development of new approaches to substance abuse treatment and prevention that target personality risk factors and the underlying motivational determinants of drug use in subtypes of substance misusers.
Dr. Conrod was a member of the King’s College London Research Ethics Committee (2005-2010) and Associate Editor of Current Reviews in Drug Abuse. She is consultant to the UN and the European Commission on guidelines for drug and alcohol prevention and has published extensively on this issue.