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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 Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. She came to the U.S. in 2021 to work as a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Yale Child Study Center.  Dr. Benoit maintains her affiliation with the French NIH (Inserm, CESP, Centre de Recherche en Epidémiologie et Santé des Populations).

Dr. Benoit's 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 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 psychological and social science skills for caregivers and school professionals to help them support children's health and reduce inequities in health care.

Dr. Benoit is the co-director of QUALab, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Lab, a collaboration between the Yale Child Study Center (Dr. Andrés Martin), and the CESP (Dr. Bruno Falissard).

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).

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