Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Suzanne King is a research psychologist. The primary objective of her research is to increase understanding of the effects of prenatal maternal stress on perinatal outcomes and on the cognitive, behavioral, physical, and motor development of the unborn child. Her work is unique in the use of five natural disasters (ice storm, floods, wildfire) and the COVID-19 pandemic as quasi-random stressors, approximating the experimental method used in animal research. Her unique psychosocial methods assess objective, subjective, and cognitive aspects of women’s stress experience. Working with numerous collaborators, she investigates genetic, epigenetic, cardio-metabolic, and neurological mediators and moderators of the effects of prenatal stress on child development.