Suzanne King, Ph.D.

Full Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Psychosocial Research Division
Douglas Mental Health University Institute

6875 Lasalle Blvd.
Verdun, Quebec
H4H 1R3
(514) 761-6131 ext. 2353

E-mail: suzanne.king at


Research Areas

Developmental Science

Research Summary

Suzanne King studies developmental psychopathology, and the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD). In the past, she has used retrospective research with schizophrenia patients and controls. Currently, her work is focused on 3 prospective longitudinal studies of children who were exposed to maternal stress in utero as the result of a natural disaster: The Quebec ice storm of 1998; Iowa floods of 2008; and Queensland floods in Australia in 2011. Developmental outcomes include cognitive development (incl. IQ, language, memory, attention), physical development (incl. body composition and obesity, metabolism, brain structure, immunity, craniofacial dysmorphology, epigenetics), behavioral development (incl. internalizing, externalizing, autistic- or psychotic-like traits) and motor development (incl. balance, coordination, fine motor, visual motor integration).

Selected References

King, S., Dancause, K.N., Turcotte-Tremblay, A-M., Veru, F., & Laplante, D.P. (2012) Using Natural Disasters to Study the Effects of Prenatal Maternal Stress on Child Health and Development. Birth Defects Research Part C: Embryo Today: Reviews, 96: 273-288.

Dancause, K.N., Laplante, D.P., Fraser, S., Brunet, A., Ciampi, A., Schmitz, N. & King, S.. (2012) Prenatal Maternal Exposure to a Natural Disaster Increases Risk for Obesity in 5 Year Old Children. Pediatric Research, 71 (1), 126-131. PMID: 22289861.

Laplante, D.P., Brunet, A., Schmitz, N., Ciampi, A. King, S., (2008) Project Ice Storm: Prenatal Maternal Stress Affects Cognitive and Linguistic Functioning in 5 Year Old Children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), 47 (9), 1063 - 1072.

King, S., St-Hilaire, A., & Heidkamp, D. (2010) Prenatal Factors in Schizophrenia. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(4), 209 – 213.  (DOI: 10.1177/0963721410378360).

Updated: December 2013
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