Renée Proulx, Ph. D.

I am Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer at the Montreal CRDITED (Intellectual Disabilities and Pervasive Development Disorders Rehabilitation Centre), the largest rehabilitation centre for pervasive development disorders (PDD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) in Québec and Canada. Its 1,450 employees provide services to 4,500 people, and its mission is to offer specialized services to people with a pervasive development disorder or intellectual disability, their families and sector and inter-sector partners.

I have a doctorate from UQAM in community psychology and did a post-doctoral fellowship in the public health program at the Université de Montréal from 2005 to 2007. I am co-researcher in the Study Chair on the application of knowledge to young people and families in difficulty (CJM-IU-UQAM), under Nathalie Houlefort, who holds the Chair. I am also a member of the Chair in Intellectual Deficiency and Behaviour Disorders (DIKT-UQAM) Advisory Committee, under the leadership of Diane Morin, holder of the Chair. My research and evaluation activities are focused on the analysis and development of organizational capacity to coproduce and apply knowledge.  I collaborated on the project to accelerate and increase spinoffs from the use of knowledge in human and social services organizations (Accélérer et augmenter la retombée de l’utilisation des connaissances dans les organisations de services humains et sociaux), directed by François Chagnon, principal investigator, and I am currently participating in its sequel: the Stratégies pour l’application des connaissances dans les organisations, directed by Nathalie Houlfort, principal investigator. These projects are both funded by the MDEIE. Furthermore, I act as a research resource person on the research committee and the clinical committee on practice guides of the Québec Federation of CRDITEDs. Finally, I have organized and moderated various seminars, symposiums and workshops.

As manager, my main responsibilities involve the development of research, training and teaching activities (including internships) at the Montreal CRDITED. With my team, I develop and implement science activities, in addition to ensuring the management and use of a documentation centre. I steer various in-house committees, including one focused on the use of technologies to support development of professional practice.


Activity areas associated with knowledge transfer:

  • Organizational capacities
  • Training and teaching