Lise Laporte, Ph.D., is a professor and researcher at McGill University and the Montreal Youth Centre. It has to its credit several publications dealing with personality disorders (scientific articles and psychoeducational material). Her research focuses on the psychosocial factors related to the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD), particularly in the areas of family relationships, dysfunctional parenting and different types of childhood maltreatment experienced. She has studied mental illnesses, notably BPD, in parents whose children are followed by Youth Protection Services (YPS), looking at prevalence and impact on children and interested in studying and following prospectively an at-risk sample of adolescents followed by YPS because of abuse and/or neglect who have a mother with BPD to understand how borderline pathology develops over time. Her clinical research focuses on factors that affect treatment outcomes (retention, compliance, as well as symptomatic and functional status) in short term and long term treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder.