Nominated by: Maison Isa – CALACS
Karine Côté has been a research professor at l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi since 2002. She earned her Ph.D in Psychology from l’Université de Montréal in 1999 and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow (FCAR and Law and Mental Health Program) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto between 1999 and 2002. She is also a psychologist and has been a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec since 1999. For the past 20 years, Karine and her team have successfully directed research projects (quanti, quali and collaborative) on prostitution, sexual exploitation, violence, marginalization and risk and protective factors. With her team she has recruited and conducted over 300 evaluations and semi-structured interviews with clinical and non-clinical populations, both institutionalized and not, across Canada: women and men in prostitution (street prostitution and off-street), clients of prostitutes, incarcerated sexual assault perpetrators, victims of sexual assault and intimate or domestic violence, youth in Youth Centres, and other pertinent populations (sadomasochists, general population). She has worked with different age groups (teens and adults), different linguistic groups, different immigration and ethnic backgrounds.