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Jeannette LeGris


Dr. LeGris is a retired faculty member. She joined the SON in 1991 following her roles as an advanced practice mental health nurse (CNS)  and psychotherapist in adolescent and adult mental health. At McMaster, in her role as coordinator of the Therapeutic Communications Skill course for post RN and other health science students, she augmented and tested the impact of using simulation methods on the subsequent  changes in nursing practice. Dr. LeGris also coordinated the preceptorship/field educator development program within the SON and other health science faculty​ and provided online faculty development workshops for busy interdisciplinary health care practitioners. 

Select Publications

  • LeGris, J. (2018). Rapid emotional response and disadvantageous Iowa gambling task performance in women with borderline personality disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 5, 16.
  • LeGris, J., Toplak, M., Links, P.S. (2014).  Affective decision making in women with Borderline Personality Disorde,. Journal of Personality Disorders 20, 1- 22. DOI:10./521/pedi_2014_28_140
  • LeGris, J., Links, P.S., van Reekum. R., Tannock, R., Toplak, M. ( 2012).  Executive function and suicidal risk in women with Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychiatry Research, 196 (1), 101-108 DOI: 10.1016/jpsychres.2011.10.008
  • LeGris, J.,  & Van Reekum, R. (2008).  Neurocognitive impairment in borderline personality disorder?  Psychiatric Times xxv, (1), 66-70 (requested submission, CME Credit 1)
  • LeGris, J., &  Van Reekum, R. ( 2006). The neuropsychological correlates of borderline personality disorder and suicidal behaviour: A review. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 51(3), 131-142.

Invited Reviewer​

Dr. LeGris​ has reviewed many high impact mental health journals such as American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research, Brain and Cognition, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and Psychotherapy Research following her role as an Associate Editor for Evidence Based Nursing.


Dr. LeGris developed the initial mental health component of the inaugural university curriculum consortium for the Primary Care Nurse practitioner program in Ontario.  She was co-chair and lead author of the RNAO Best Practice Guideline for Crisis Intervention. 

  • 2006 - U of Toronto Open Fellowship Award for academic standing in the PhD program Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, ($5000.00).
  • 2010 & 2011 - PhD completion Grants, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, ($5500.00).
  • 2012 - Anne Beckingham Travel Award for paper presentation in Oslo, Norway,   ($2965.00).  


Post Doctoral Fellowship: Arthur Sommer Rotenburg Chair in Suicide Studies, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Hope for the Chronically Suicidal Patient:  Evaluating the Clinical and Health Services Impact of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, 2004-2006. CIHR, $90,000.00.


Dr. LeGris’ research focused on improving the understanding, assessment and treatment of the subtle biological/cognitive markers for suicide that may interact with other environmental factors to magnify the risk for suicide in vulnerable individuals and populations.

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