The Behavioural & Longitudinal Outcomes on youth development to Optimize Mental health trajectories (BLOOM) Research Program

While some see the dandelion as merely a weed, this humble plant is also a symbol of hope, healing, and resilience. This yellow flower is the first to bloom after the harshness of winter.

BLOOM is a research program that aims to better understand the onset of mental issues in young people in order to help prevent them and improve access to specialized care. It strives to answer the following questions: 

  • Can the onset of serious mental health issues (such as mood or psychotic disorders) among youth be identified early and therefore predicted?
  • Can access and references to specialized services be facilitated by training and specialized assessment tools? 
  • Is it possible to reduce the number of services used and optimize pathways to care?


Recruitment of study participants (youth and/or their family members) will begin soon, pending ethics approval.

A brochure will be available soon. 

Meet the Project Manager

Céline Villemus, M.Sc., studied Psychology and Epidemiology in France, where she got her Master’s degree. Having a real interest in child and youth development and mental health, she has developed her knowledge and skills in the field of early psychosis through her role as a Research Assistant in the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP) at the Douglas and then as the SAR PEP (Rapid Learning Health System for Early Intervention Programs) Project Coordinator at the CHUM Research Center in Montreal. After 9 years in the field of first episode psychosis has extended her passion to the prevention of youth mental health with the CEYMH. 

You can reach her at

Photo Céline

Céline Villemus (she/her)

The Project Team

Dr. Lena Palaniyappan – Principal Investigator (

Céline Villemus – BLOOM Project Manager

Kathryn Dalton – BLOOM Research Coordinator

Melissa Palander – Clinical Specialist

Hani Abdelhafez – Clinical Specialist

Mariama Diallo – Research Assistant

Kristin Davis – Operations Manager (CEYMH)

Our funders

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