Below is a list of all positions available to graduate and post-doctoral students at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research presently:

Postdoctoral researcher for a qualitative study on the role of culture in the experience of postnatal depression in the context of breastfeeding

Start: Immediate


Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital and McGill University.  


Danielle Groleau, PhD, full professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University and senior researcher at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital.

Project description:

The postnatal period represents a challenge for many mothers, making them vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, particularly depressive episodes. Maternal PND can have adverse effects on both mother and infant, often leading to early weaning. Conversely, successful breastfeeding has been associated with an improvement in PND symptoms. Despite this, the underlying mechanisms of the relationship between PND and breastfeeding remain poorly understood. This study aims to fill this gap by focusing on cultural communities such as Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish as well as South Saharan African women, where breastfeeding despite DPN is much more prevalent.

As a postdoctoral fellow, you will play a key role in a larger research project exploring psychosocial and cultural factors influencing breastfeeding duration in mothers with PND. You will have the opportunity to develop your own project within this framework, focusing on understanding the meaning and experience of PND and breastfeeding in a sub-sample of affected mothers. In addition, you will be able to explore the perspectives of fathers (or the 2nd parent identifying as female or 2SLGBTQ+ if applicable) with PND symptoms.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief (1-page) statement of research interests and career goals, and contact information for five references. Please send your application to with the subject line "Application Postdoctoral Fellow - [Your Name]". Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

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Note: This postdoctoral fellowship is conditional on obtaining a UTTING fellowship from the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital.


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