Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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Catherine Paradis, PhD
Director, Health Promotion and Scientific Alcohol Lead


Catherine’s areas of expertise includes alcohol policies, alcohol and its relations to women, youth and students, the Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines, the National Alcohol Strategy and the Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harm (PEP-AH).


Catherine Paradis is CCSA’s and one of Canada’s leading experts on alcohol. She joined the Centre in 2014 wanting to participate in developing and implementing alcohol-related policies at the federal level.

Catherine also wanted an opportunity to develop new projects and build new partnerships. For the past several years, she led the implementation of the Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) and the development of its framework. She has been involved in research projects focused on alcohol policies in municipalities and on campuses, and alcohol advertising and marketing. Her study on youth presentation to hospital emergency departments for alcohol-related medical emergencies was instrumental in the amendment of alcohol legislation at the provincial and federal levels.

Catherine is also one of the experts responsible for producing Canada’s 2011 Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. As a Senior Research and Policy Analyst, she currently co-chairs the CCSA initiative, funded by Health Canada, to update the guidelines by March 2022.

Catherine holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Montreal.

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