Rebecca Fuhrer

Full ProfessorProfessor Rebecca Fuhrer Centre on Population Dynamics McGill University Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health

Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
Purvis Hall
1020 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A2

Tel.: 514-398-6259
Rebecca.Fuhrer [at] (Email)


Departmental Profile

Dr. Rebecca Fuhrer is a Professor and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, and is the Director of the MScPH Program that she recently promoted and helped develop at the Faculty of Medicine.  She was the recipient of the Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Psychosocial Epidemiology and in 2013 was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Prior to joining McGill, she held academic positions at University College London, INSERM in Paris, and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.  Her research has focused on social determinants of mental health, in particular gender, social integration, and social position. 



  • Aging
  • Health and Social Policy and Health Services
  • Mental Health
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
  • Population and Public Health
  • Social and Behavioural Epidemiology
  • Women's Health



PhD in Medical Information Science (1977): University of California, San Francisco


Recent Publications

Malla, Ashok & Shah, Jai & Iyer, Srividya & Boksa, Patricia & Joober, Ridha & Andersson, Neil & Lal, Shalini & Fuhrer, Rebecca. (2018). Youth Mental Health Should Be a Top Priority for Health Care in Canada. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 63. 070674371875896. 10.1177/0706743718758968.

Elbejjani, Martine & Fuhrer, Rebecca & Abrahamowicz, Michal & Mazoyer, Bernard & Crivello, Fabrice & Tzourio, Christophe & Dufouil, Carole. (2016). Life-Course Socioeconomic Position and Hippocampal Atrophy in a Prospective Cohort of Older Adults. Psychosomatic Medicine. 79. 1. 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000365.

Lasry, Oliver & Dudley, Roy & Fuhrer, Rebecca & Torrie, J & Carlin, R & Marcoux, Judith. (2016). P.080 Traumatic brain injury in a rural indigenous population in Canada: a community-based approach to surveillance. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques. 43. S39. 10.1017/cjn.2016.184.

Lal, Shalini & Dell'Elce, Jennifer & Tucci, Natasha & Fuhrer, Rebecca & Tamblyn, Robyn & Malla, Ashok. (2015). Preferences of Young Adults With First-Episode Psychosis for Receiving Specialized Mental Health Services Using Technology: A Survey Study. JMIR Mental Health. 2. e18. 10.2196/mental.4400.

Elbejjani, Martine & Fuhrer, Rebecca & Abrahamowicz, M & Mazoyer, Bernard & Crivello, Fabrice & Tzourio, Christophe & Dufouil, C. (2015). Depression, depressive symptoms, and rate of hippocampal atrophy in a longitudinal cohort of older men and women. Psychological medicine. 45. 1-14. 10.1017/S0033291714003055.