Julie Leclerc is a psychologist and researcher. Her work focuses mainly on young people with behavioural disorders and mental health problems.
Dr. Leclerc’s research interests include creating and assessing the impact of a cognitive-behavioural training programme for self-management of explosive episodes in children suffering from Tourette’s syndrome. In addition, she is working to raise awareness among the public and health professionals about tic disorders. She developed the FACOTIK© therapy to reduce tics in children between the ages of 8 to 14. She is also a co-researcher in a randomized clinical trial funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which assesses the impact of cognitive-behavioural therapy (FACOTIK) for young people with tics. She works with the Intervention Clinic to help young people experiencing anxiety disorders as part of the Programme des troubles affectifs de l’Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies [Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital Program for Emotional Disorders] in order to validate treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (Maitre à Bord©). Her research work focuses on developing and assessing the best treatments for clientele that include complex cases (many concomitant disorders) and on gaining a better understanding of the bio-psycho-social factors that affect the clientele’s adaptation (children’s characteristics, their family characteristics and their living environment). In addition to being a professor and researcher, she heads the GE-tictactoc research team, funded by the Fonds de recherche Société et Culture du Québec [Québec’s Society and Culture Research Fund], and she is manager of the Chantier Santé mentale et Jeunesse [Mental Health and Youth Project].