Social and Cultural Neuroscience Workshop

Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry

Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry

McGill University

August 13-17, 2018

Montréal, Québec

This workshop will provide an overview of core topics and recent developments in social and cultural neuroscience research in order to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration in global mental health. After an introduction to cognitive, social, and cultural neuroscience, the workshop will focus on the potential and limits of methods that can be used to measure epigenetic, neuroendocrine, and neurocognitive processes in laboratory and field settings.

We will discuss the inter-relationships of these processes and how to map them onto phenomenological, ethnographic, and ecological variables through technologies including remote sensing techniques that capture health-relevant aspects of sociocultural contexts in situ. Participants will also have the opportunity to present their own research projects for discussion with faculty.

Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Psychocultural Research ( and the McGill Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Program (

Participating Faculty

Véronique Bohbot, PhD, Researcher, Douglas Institute; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Suparna Choudhury, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Co-Director,  Culture, Mind, and Brain Program, McGill University

Laurette Dubé, PhD, Professor, Marketing; James McGill Chair of Consumer and Lifestyle Psychology and Marketing; Chair and Scientific Director, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics

Maria Gendron, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University (begins July 2018)

Ian Gold, PhD, Professor, Department of Philosophy, McGill University

Suzanne King, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Laurence Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC, James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University; Co-Director, Culture, Mind and Brain Program, McGill University

Shinobu Kitayama , PhD, Social Psychology Area Chair; Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology; Director of the Culture & Cognition Program, University of Michigan

Hakwan Lau , PhD, Principal Investigator, State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hong Kong; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology (Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience) & Brain Research Institute, UCLA

Robert Lemelson , PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA; President, Foundation for Psychocultural Research

Marie-France Marin, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Institute universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, Université de Montréal

Michael Meaney PhD, FRSC, C.Q., C.M., Co-Scientific Director, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health; Researcher, Douglas Institute; Director, Sackler Program for Epigenetics & Psychobiology; James McGill Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University

Amir Raz, PhD, ABPH, Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention,  Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and SMBD Jewish General Hospital

Jeffrey Snodgrass , Professor, Department of Anthropology, Colorado State University

Kathy Trang, MA, Doctoral Candidate, Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology, Department of Anthropology, Emory University; UJMT NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellow to Vietnam; PHRMA Foundation Health Outcomes Fellow; Mozilla Open Leader – Coding the Mind

Samuel Veissière , PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry;  Co-Director,  Culture, Mind, and Brain Program, McGill University

Carol Worthman , PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, Emory University

Registration Information

The workshop is open to Canadian and International students and professionals. Enrollment is limited and early application is strongly advised.

Please fill out the registration form on McGill’s Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry website: and send it with your information to:

Summer Program Coordinator
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Tel: 514-398-7302
Fax: 514-398-3282

On successful completion of the workshop, a certificate of attendance will be provided by the Division. Registration for professional interest is accepted as long as room is available in the course or workshop.

For information regarding fees and registration, please refer to the 2018 Fee Structure and Registration Form