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Julia Rachel Mazza

Université de Montréal

I have completed my undergraduate studies in clinical psychology in 2008 in Brazil, then I relocated to France to pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology. In 2011, while completing my master’s studies, I had the opportunity collaborate with Dr. Sylvana Côté (University of Montreal). Through this collaboration, I was first exposed to large longitudinal data sets of individuals. In 2012, I was invited by Dr. Côté to pursue a doctoral program in public health (option: epidemiology). am now starting my 3rd year of my Ph.D. program.

Type of member: Post graduate Researcher

Telephone: (514) 238-3913

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Mailing Address: Montreal, Canada

Current research interests
I am particularly interested in the importance of the timing of exposure to poverty and in potential mechanisms of the poverty-behaviour problems link (i.e. family processes, parenting, and parental psychopathology) that might come into play during different developmental periods. I adopt a life course approach to examine the association between poverty and behaviour problems from early childhood to adolescence. My research emphasizes the need to investigate behaviour problems as developmental disorders and to confront differences in behaviour problems relative to poverty.

Research priorities
Pathways and mechanisms: Cumulative and additive social risk exposures (e.g. transient v. persistent poverty). | Methodological issues: Methods for examining change over time including longitudinal effects studies.

Selected publications

Mazza, J.R.S., Lambert, J., Zunzunegui, M.V., Tremblay, R.E., Boivin, M., & Côté, S.M. (2017). Early adolescence behavior problems and timing of poverty during childhood: A comparison of lifecourse models. Social Science & Medicine, 177, 35-42. – Full Text PDF

Mazza, J. R., Boivin, M., Tremblay, R. E., Michel, G., Salla, J., Lambert, J., Zunzunegui, J, Côté, S. M. (2016). Poverty and behavior problems trajectories from 1.5 to 8 years of age: Is the gap widening between poor and non-poor children? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(8), 1083-1092. doi:10.1007/s00127-016-1252-1 – Full Text PDF

Mazza, J. R., Pingault, J., Booij, L., Boivin, M., Tremblay, R., Lambert, J., Zunzunegui, M. V. Côté, S. M. (2016). Poverty and behavior problems during early childhood: The mediating role of maternal depression symptoms and parenting. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi:10.1177/0165025416657615 – Full Text PDF