Dr. Joelle LeMoult earns 2018 MSFHR Scholar Award

Joelle LeMoult examines the cognitive, emotional, and biological responses to stress that contribute to depressive symptoms.

Dr. Joelle LeMoult, assistant professor in the department of psychology, is a recipient of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research’s 2018 Scholar Award. This award will support her research project Predicting Depressive Symptoms During the Transition to High School.

This research will focus on the transition period adolescents face in their first year of high school–a period during which 11.5% of adolescents experience a depressive episode. She seeks to find the predictors of depression for this group of adolescents, as well as ways to mitigate the risks.

“The transition to high school is a challenging developmental period,” say LeMoult. “Our findings will be critical to improving students’ emotional health during this transition.”

To learn more about this research or to take part in the study, please visit the High School Transitions study website.


The Scholar Program, one of MSFHR’s flagship funding opportunities, supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists, and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field. Each award provides salary support for up to five years in order to help Scholars protect their time to conduct research. Read the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research announcement.