ABOUT

Qollab is a research lab located at Qollab is a research lab located at l’École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal and affiliated with the Centre de recherche en santé publique (CReSP). Our goal is to work in collaboration with 2S/LGBTQIA+ communities to describe and understand health issues, with a focus on identifying the social, contextual, and structural factors underlying health problems. We are particularly interested in mental health and substance use in 2S/LGBTQIA+ communities. We generate high quality evidence to inform the development and implementation of health promotion policies and interventions.

Our research activities focus on two axes

Advance knowledge on the social, contextual, and structural risk and protective factors related to mental health and substance use among the diverse population of 2S/LGBTQIA+. 

Advance understanding of the lived experience of mental health and substance use among 2S/LGBTQIA+ to identify interventions grounded in 2S/LGBTQIA+ lived experiences.

MEET OUR TEAM

Olivier Ferlatte (he/him), Qollab Director

Olivier Ferlatte is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at l’École de Santé Publique de l’Université de Montréal and a research scientist at the Centre de Recherche en Santé Publique (CRESP). His research focuses on the relationship between stigma, substance use and mental health in 2S/LGBTQIA+ communities. He is a recognized expert on the applications of syndemics theory and intersectionality to 2S/LGBTQIA+ health, and findings drawn from his research have influenced the development of policies and programs aimed at improving the health of 2S/LGBTQIA+ people. His scientific work is based on several methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, art-based method, mixed approaches) and is motivated by a particular interest in community engagement and the participation of people affected by health inequalities as research partners. Olivier holds a Junior One salary award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé. 

Students

Emmanuelle Gareau (she/her)

STUDENT
PhD candidate in public health, Emmanuelle is interested in the biomedical, anatomical and physiological aspects of sexual and reproductive health. Her dissertation project focuses on the sexual health of women living with genital mutilation and is grounded in feminist and sex-positive perspectives.

Geneviève Fortin (she/her)

STUDENT
Geneviève is a doctoral student in public health, global health stream, and works as a public health research assistant and lecturer in global health. Her interests lie in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in global health.

Maxim Gaudette (he/him)

STUDENT
Maxim is a queer doctoral student in public health (health promotion option). Inspired by activism and critical approaches, Maxim specializes in so-called marginalized and stigmatized sexual practices within the 2S/LGBTQI+ communities. His doctoral research focuses on consent in contexts of sexualized consumption (chemsex).

David Ortiz-Paredes (he/him)

STUDENT
David works in qualitative analysis for the Cannapix project. He is a Colombian general practitioner with a Masters in Family Medicine from McGill University. David is interested in the use of education as a tool for health promotion.

Geoffrey Ferber (he/him)

STUDENT
Geoffrey has a degree in nursing from the University of Strasbourg in France and is currently completing a master’s degree in Public Health in the field of research. His interests are focused on the needs of marginalized people, and he has worked as a nurse in psychiatric services, where he specialized in the care of young adults.

Research team

Tara Chanady (she/her)

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
Tara is a postdoctoral researcher at the ESPUM and Qollab working on the Cannapix project. She has worked on the social issues of lesbian, bi and queer women and on issues of media representations of sexual diversity. She received her PhD in Communication from the Université de Montréal in 2021.

Kinda Wassef (she/her)

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Kinda is currently working on the Cannapix project. She is a Master's student in Public Health at ESPUM and is particularly interested in youth mental health.

Amina Rhanim (they/them)

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Amina is a research assistant at the School of Public Health for the Jeune Chercheur.e.s Queer program and a master's student in political science at UQAM. They are interested in the depoliticization of queer identities in media representations and the importance of activist self-representation.

Pozzo di Borgo (he/him)

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
When he's not at a queer party, Pozzo is a Master's student in public health and is nicknamed the "statistics guru" in Qollab's Jeunes Chercheur.e.s Queer program. A biomedical engineer in another life, he works to make sense of Qollab’s survey data through rigorous analysis and to spark the statistical curiosity of youth researchers.

Arlette Ibrahim (she/her)

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Arlette is a Masters student in Public Health with a specialization in global health. She is currently working on the Cannapix project and is interested in reproductive health and sexuality as a determinant of health.

Sarah Cooper (she/her)

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Sarah is a doctoral student in public health in the global health stream. For Qollab, she works on statistical analyses, specifically to understand the impact of gender expression and masculine pressure on the mental health of men in the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.