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Laelia Benoit

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

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Laelia Benoit



Dr. Laelia Benoit (MD, Ph.D.) is a French and Brazilian Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and associate researcher at the Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health (CESP) of the French NIH (Inserm). Since January 2021, she lives in New Haven and works as a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Yale Child Study Center. Her previous work focused on early intervention in psychosis, anxious school refusal, and access to care for minorities.

Her current project assesses the impact of climate change on the mental health of children and adolescents in three different countries (the US, Brazil, and France). Laelia Benoit favors citizen research approaches, involving adolescents, their parents, professionals, and family support groups. Her teaching (Yale University, Universidade de São Paolo, University of Paris) focuses on qualitative methods for researchers, and on psychological and social science skills for caregivers and school professionals to help them support the health of children.

Professional honors: Fulbright (2021), Monahan Foundation (2021), Inserm Award (2016), Paris Public Hospital AP-HP Award (2016).

Methods: Qualitative (Grounded theory), Social Science, Mixed-methods, Transcultural

Keywords: Youth mental health, Climate Change, Access to care, School refusal, Migration, Early Intervention (Autism, Psychosis), Adoption.

Books : "L'adolescent fragile, peut-on prédire en psychiatrie? (2016) and "Phobie scolaire, retrouver le plaisir d'apprendre" (2020).

All publications here.


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