After obtaining a PhD in psychology from Laval University in 1993, Dr. Muckle completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Wayne State University (Detroit) and at the CHUL Research Center. She was first hired in 1997 as professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of Laval University, then in 2003 by the School of Psychology of the same institution. Meanwhile, she was a member of the advisory committee of the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child, and Youth Health, and of the Chemicals Management Plan Challenge Advisory Panel, which advises the Canadian government on chemical risks. Since 2016, Dr. Muckle is Vice-Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Laval University.
Dr. Muckle’s research approach encompasses epidemiology, toxicology, and developmental psychology. In addition to studying the toxicity of prenatal alcohol exposure, she pursues research on the developmental effects of exposure to environmental contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Dr. Muckle’s work showed associations between contaminants and physical development, fine motor function, as well as with behavioral aspects, such as attention problems, and also with indicators of cognitive development.
Dr. Muckle’s interest for the adverse effects of exposure to environmental contaminants led her to work with the most highly exposed populations, among them mothers and children from Guadeloupe exposed to the pesticide chlordecone and, above all, with the Inuit population of Northern Canada, who are exposed to industrial contaminants through their traditional diet. This work allowed her to develop a strong expertise in creating and following longitudinal cohorts, which are rarely conducted in aboriginal people. Dr. Muckle’s recent work extends to determinants of health among the Inuit, notably by her collaboration with the Nunavik Inuit Health Surveys Qanuippitaa? in 2004 and Qanuilirpitaa? in 2017.
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- Le Fil : Le fluorure nuirait au cerveau des tout-petits 2019-08-29
- Les femmes enceintes vivant dans des villes qui ajoutent du fluorure à leur eau potable y sont deux fois plus exposées 2018-11-01
- Plus de bon que de mauvais : À l’exception de la viande de béluga, l’alimentation traditionnelle inuite apporte plus de bienfaits que de risques à la santé 2015-05-21
Shedding light on attitudes towards pregnancy among Inuit adolescents from NunavikJournal Article
Int J Circumpolar Health, 81 (1), 2022.
Exploring ambivalence toward pregnancy among young Inuit womenJournal Article
Cult Health Sex, 2022.
Socio-demographic and substance use characteristics of unintentional injuries among Nunavik youthJournal Article
Int J Circumpolar Health, 81 (1), 2022.
Visuospatial processing and fine motor function among 7-years old Guadeloupe children pre- and postnatally exposed to the organochlorine pesticide chlordeconeJournal Article
Neurotoxicology, 88 , 2022.
Longitudinal Trajectories of Food Insecurity in Childhood and Their Associations With Mental Health and Functioning in AdolescenceJournal Article
JAMA Netw Open, 4 (12), 2021.
Febrile seizure incidence and age at first occurrence are associated with changes in placental normalized gene expression: the '3D' pregnancy cohort studyJournal Article
J Neuroendocrinol, 33 (10), 2021.
Social housing construction and improvements in housing outcomes for Inuit in Northern CanadaJournal Article
Hous Stud, 36 (7), 2021.
Metabolic features of adiposity and glucose homoeostasis among school-aged inuit children from Nunavik (Northern Quebec, Canada)Journal Article
Int J Circumpolar Health, 80 (1), 2021.
Prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and cognitive ability in early childhoodJournal Article
Environ Int, 146 , 2021.
Urinary phthalates and body mass index in preschool children: The MIREC Child Development Plus studyJournal Article
Int J Hyg Environ Health, 232 , 2021.
- Cannabis, antidépresseurs et autres substance: effets sur les grossesse, la santé et le développement de l'enfant, from 2022-01-01 to 2024-12-31
- COVIGRO : Impact de la COVID-19 et du vaccin contre SARS-CoV-2 sur le développement placentaire et foetal, from 2021-12-01 to 2022-11-30
- Groupe de recherche sur l'inadaptation psychosociale chez l'enfant, from 2020-04-01 to 2027-03-31
- Northern biological signatures of stress responses and potentiality of a diet enriched in n-3 fatty acids to promote resilience when facing adversity, from 2020-11-01 to 2024-12-31
- Qanuikkat Siqinirmiut? A community-based study of southern Quebec Inuit health and wellbeing, from 2018-10-01 to 2022-09-30
- The Intergenerational and Developmental Determinants of Preparation for Parenthood: An Investigation of Two Samples of Young Adults followed since Birth, from 2022-04-01 to 2027-03-31
Recently finished projects
- Challenges to the vulnerable child in the transitions from preschool in a pregnacy cohort, from 2016-07-01 to 2021-06-30
- Contribution facultaire à l'élaboration d'un projet FRQS, from 2020-04-27 to 2021-12-31
- In utero exposure to Bisphenol-A and the developing brain in humans: A longitudinal study of epigenetic mechanisms, from 2016-07-01 to 2020-12-31
- Maternal stress, depression and anxiety during pregnancy and early child development. A study of psychosocial and biological mechanisms, from 2016-07-01 to 2021-03-31
- Quebec Network for lndigenous Health Research Mentorship, from 2017-04-01 to 2022-03-31
- Soutien financier pour la rédaction d'articles scientifiques découlant des résultats de Qanuilirpitaa? 2017, from 2021-04-01 to 2022-03-31
- Suivi longitudinal d'une cohorte de 4 000 enfants à naître et leur famille initiée au premier trimestre de grossesse, from 2021-05-26 to 2022-03-31