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Carolyn Côté-Lussier

Carolyn Côté-Lussier professeure en criminologie, psychologie sociale et santé à l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique

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Areas of expertise

Criminology, Social psychology, and Health , Advanced quantitative methods , Health, Well-being and Political Attitudes , Public reactions to crime and public safety , Social Inequalities

  • Professor

Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre

385, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Québec  H2X 1E3

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Research interests

Public safety, health, and quality of life. Feelings of safety, the urban environment (built and psycho-social environment), and mental and physical health. Public reactions to crime and political preferences. Perceptions of crime, criminal justice policy preferences, political ideology and moral systems. Social inequalities. Poverty trajectories, absolute and relative deprivation, intergroup relations and social structure. Advanced quantitative methods. Factor analysis, latent class growth analysis, structural equation models, quantile regression, multilevel modeling, missing data analysis.


Côté-Lussier, C., Knudby, A., Barnett, T. A. (2020). A novel low-cost method for assessing intra-urban variation in night time light and applications to public health. Social Science & Medicine.

Côté-Lussier, C., Kakinami, L. & Danieles, P. (2019). Ego-centered relative neighborhood deprivation and reported dietary habits among youth. Appetite, 132, 267-274.

Xu, Y., Knudby, A., & Côté-Lussier, C. (2018). Mapping ambient light at night using field observations and high-resolution remote sensing imagery for studies of urban environments. Building and Environment, 145, 104-114.

Côté-Lussier, C. & Carmichael, J. T. (2017). Public support for harsh criminal justice
policy and its moral and ideological tides. Psychology, Public Policy and Law.

Côté-Lussier, C. (2016). Decomposing contributions of absolute, relative and subjective
deprivation: A commentary on “Relative deprivation and risk factors for obesity in Canadian adolescents”. Social Science & Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.02.034.

Côté-Lussier, C. & Fitzpatrick, C. (2016). Feelings of safety at school, socio-emotional
functioning and classroom engagement. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 58(5), 543-550.

Côté-Lussier, C. (2016). The functional relation between social inequality, criminal
stereotypes and public attitudes toward punishment of crime. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22(1), 47-56.

Fitzpatrick, C., Côté-Lussier, C. & Blair, C. (2016). Dressed and groomed for
success in elementary school: Indicators of social class predict academic adjustment. The Elementary School Journal, 117(1), 30-45.

Côté-Lussier, C., Mathieu, M.-È. & Barnett, T. A. (2015). Independent associations between child and parent perceived neighborhood safety, child screen time, physical activity and BMI: a structural equation modeling approach. International Journal of Obesity. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.98

Côté-Lussier, C., Fitzpatrick, C., Séguin, L. & Barnett, T. A. (2015). Poor, Unsafe and Overweight: The Role of Feeling Unsafe at School in Mediating the Association Between Poverty Exposure, Youth Screen Time, Physical Activity and Weight Status. American Journal of Epidemiology, 182(1), 67-79. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv005

Côté-Lussier, C., Barnett, T. A., Kestens, Y., Thanh Tu, M. & Séguin, L. (2014). The Role of the Residential Neighborhood in Linking Youths’ Family Poverty Trajectory to Decreased Feelings of Safety at School. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(6), 1194-1207. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-014-0214-8.

Côté-Lussier, C., Jackson, J., Kestens,Y., Henderson, M., & Barnett, T. A. (2014). A Child’s View: Social and Physical Environmental Features Differentially Predict Parent and Child Perceived Neighborhood Safety. Journal of Urban Health, 92(1), 10-23. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-014-9917-0.

Côté-Lussier, C. (2013). Fight fire with fire: The effect of perceived anger on punitive
intuitions. Emotion, 13(6), 999-1003.

Côté-Lussier, C. (2013). Narratives of legitimacy: police expansionism and the contest over policing. Policing and Society, 23(2), 183-203.

Côté-Lussier, C., & Barnett, T. A. (2013). On the Potential Public Health Consequences of
“Xenophobic” Political Strategies and Policies. Can J Public Health, 104(7), e509.

Fitzpatrick, C., Côté-Lussier, C., Pagani, L. S., & Blair, C. (2013). I Don’t Think you like me Very Much: Child Minority Status and Disadvantage Predict Relationship Quality With Teachers. Youth & Society, 47(5), 727-743. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X13508962