News Posts by Catherine Lebel

World Mental Health Day 2019!!

Most mental health problems emerge in adolescence. Due to this the Developmental Neuroimaging Lab decided to examine internalizing symptoms and externalizing behaviors in adolescences in relation to brain structure.

Our results concluded that there are altered connections to the limbic brain area when related to sub-clinical internalizing and externalizing behavior.  

Currently we are extending this work further to understand brain structures of children and youth with prenatal exposures, most of whom experience mental health challenges.

Stay tuned for more exciting work on brain and mental health coming out of the Developmental Neuroimaging Lab!!

World Mental Health Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization states that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most go unnoticed or untreated. Among adolescents, depression is the third leading disease burden and suicide is the second leading cause of death. With our adolescents and young adults facing such challenges much can be done to help build mental resilience from a young age to help prevent mental distress and illness.

As a lab we support research in the mental health field with a focus on child and adolescent mental health risk factors and how these effect development and changes they may have on young peoples brains.

The WHO has made young people and mental health in a changing world the focus of this years World Mental Health Day, to find out more check out their page.

FASD Awareness Day

September 9th is FASD Awareness Day (9th day of the 9th month, to represent 9 months of pregnancy). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is far more common than most people realize, affecting ~4% of Canadians. To celebrate FASD Awareness Day, our lab (in conjunction with Carly McMorris’ lab) hosted a mocktail making contest.

The assorted mocktails:

The winner:


We also attended CFAN’s FASD Breakfast on Sep. 9. We had tons of fun, and even discovered some hidden talents among the lab.


New publications

Pre- and post-partum maternal depressive symptoms are related to children’s brain structure in preschool
Catherine Lebel, Matthew Walton, Nicole Letourneau, Gerald F. Giesbrecht, Bonnie J. Kaplan, Deborah Dewey |Biological Psychiatry, Available online 15 December 2015, ISSN 0006-3223

Brain metabolite levels and language abilities in preschool children​
Catherine Lebel, Frank P. MacMaster, Deborah Dewey
Brain and Behavior, Available online 01 August 2016, ISSN 2162-3279

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