Jean-Baptiste Pingault aims to better understand how early genetic and environmental risk factors lead to the development of mental health difficulties in childhood and adolescence.
His team adopts an interdisciplinary approach building on disciplines such as developmental psychopathology, epidemiological psychiatry and behavioural genetics. They implement innovative methods for causal inference in big datasets, building on statistical innovation and genetically informed designs to better understand causal pathways from early risk to later mental health difficulties.
In collaboration with national and international colleagues, Jean-Baptiste and his team then seek to further characterize these causal pathways by investigating possible underlying biological mechanisms (e.g. cognitive profiles, epigenetics).