Michèle Preyde

Michèle Preyde, Professor, FRHD
Professor, FRHD
Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x58599
Macdonald Institute, Room 133B

Research interests: Practitioner-researcher collaboration, vulnerable people across the lifespan, mental health disorder and adaptation, psychosocial impact of medical illness.

Area: Family Relations and Human Development

Description of research: Dr. Preyde’s research activity in children’s mental health includes a focus on children and youth who have accessed intensive mental health treatment such as residential treatment or in-patient psychiatry, and community mental health programs. Through collaboration with mental health professionals, Dr. Preyde and these partners have examined the short- and long-term psychosocial and clinical outcomes, family dynamics, the continuum of care, transitioning, and access to social support. Regarding the psychosocial impacts of medical illness and through collaboration with clinical partners, studies have included the experiences of illness, coping and adjustment, and the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions. Examples of research activity include psychosocial intervention for parents with hospitalized infants, risk assessment and discharge planning for elderly patients, and studies in psychosocial oncology.  

Accepting graduate students:

Fall 2018: Yes

Fall 2019: Yes 

PhD - University of Toronto

My programs of research on the psychosocial impacts of medical and mental illnesses, and relational disorders have been developed through practitioner-researcher collaboration. Our research is guided by professionals with experiential knowledge and involves interacting with participants who are patients or clients and their families often at a time when they are most vulnerable. These practitioners and service recipients are located in various settings including acute care settings, outpatient care, community agencies, and the homes of service recipients which could include foster or group homes. The process of collaboration before, during and after the conduct of the research is quite enriching.

PhD in Social Work, University of Toronto

MSW, Wayne State University

Preyde, M., Parekh, S., Warne, A., & Heintzman, J. (2017).  School Reintegration and Perceived Needs: The Perspectives of Child and Adolescent Patients During Psychiatric Hospitalization.   Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Preyde, M., Carter, J., Penney, R., Lazure, K., & Vanderkooy, J. (2015).  Integrated Knowledge Translation: Illustrated with Outcome Research in Mental Health.   Journal of Evidence-based Social Work, 12(2), 175-83.

Preyde, M., Ardal, F., Chevalier, P., Savage, D., & Sulman, J. (2013).  Integrated Knowledge Translation: Hospital-based Social Work.   Social Work Research, 37, 339-347.

Preyde, M., Frensch, K., Cameron, G., White, S., & Penney, R. (2011).  Long-term Outcomes of Children and Youth accessing Residential or Intensive Home-based Treatment: Three year follow up.   Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 660-668.

Community Engaged Scholarship/Research Collaborations

Most of my research is conducted with clinical partners. Through this practitioner-researcher collaboration, we have conducted studies principally in acute care settings and community-based mental health and social service agencies. Practitioners include a wide range of professionals in community development, medicine, psychiatry, nursing, social work, mental health and the often vulnerable patients or clients and families they serve. 

As principal investigator, I currently have three research projects in progress.

The first is a longitudinal study of the transition experiences of youth discharged from residential mental health treatment centres. We are using a case study design that includes phenomenological (at one-point in time) and narrative (across time periods) approaches, and clinical data and standardized measures of strengths and difficulties, and coping.  The second study is a psychosocial and sexual health needs assessment of patients with prostate cancer. For the third, we are in the dissemination phase of a study on the school-related difficulties and difficulties with school reintegration of youth who had been hospitalized for psychiatric illness.   


Future projects are in the initial phases of conception and include aspects of psychosocial well-being, identity and relationships.