Introducing Marianne Mercier
Marianne Mercier, Psychologist
PIP-CANDY and MPX clinical studies
Can you explain your research and role in CANDY in 2 sentences?
As an investigative psychologist, my role in candy is to enable the research protocol to be carried out and to collect as much data as possible. I’m responsible for selecting subjects, promoting the research within the hospital and among families, and administering the tests.
What do your friends and family think what you are doing in the clinic?
Exactly what I’m really doing; I was very clear to explain my job because it’s not common to work in research.
What are you really doing most of your work time?
I organize and plan the project’s inclusion days. In other words, I seek out and call parents so that their children can participate, carry out protocol tasks (cognitive assessment, EEG, Eyes-tracking, etc.), enter data and make the necessary arrangements for the project to run smoothly.
What’s your favourite and / or least favourite task in the clinic?
My favourite task is to spend my testing day with children. My least favourite task but not the least important is to report all the data in the computer as well as administrative tasks.
Why you have chosen to work in the field of neurodevelopmental conditions?
It came as a matter of course, during my last psychology internship with autistic children. I wanted to help, change and improve the identification, diagnosis and care of people with neurodevelopmental disorders. There’s still so much to discover and do, it’s fascinating!
Which publication or researcher influenced you most?
Francisco Varela, Pr Denis Brouillet (Paul Valéry University Montpellier), Guillaume Dumas (Université de Montréal)
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Mac or PC? Mac
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Mountain or sea? Mountain
What’s your favourite thing to do outside the clinic?
Making art project with my friends, going to art exibition, theater, listening to music