Philosophy of Care
Dr Giroux is dedicated to promote health by early identification of the sequelae of trauma and adverse childhood experiences via various courses, trainings and publications on trauma-informed care and inner resources to heal from trauma and break the cycle of abuse and neglect. Dr. Giroux's clinical and educational work incorporates lifestyle hygiene, with an emphasis on narrative approaches (writing, storytelling), mindfulness-based stress reduction, cultivation of joy, and burnout prevention in healthcare professionals. She uses the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual framework in the therapeutic encounter with patients, including survivors of trauma.
Dr. Giroux is a general adult psychiatrist who specializes in trauma throughout the lifespan and and she examines how it affects all the body systems, as well as attachment styles. She is the director of UC Davis Trauma Recovery Center, a state-funded program that offers services to survivors of violent crimes. In 2018, with Dr. Andres Sciolla she founded and still co-directs RESTART, a resilience-focused, mindfulness-based stress reduction program for survivors of developmental trauma.
Dr Giroux is dedicated to promote health by early identification of the sequelae of trauma and adverse childhood experiences. To heighten the awareness of the ubiquity of trauma, she introduced a course in the residency curriculum and she published numerous book chapters. She engages in ongoing education of patients, residents and medical students about resources to heal from trauma and break the cycle of abuse and neglect.
She is the co-recipient of the Junior Faculty Award for 2017 and the scholarship will support her effort in implementing trauma-informed practices at UC Davis to prevent re-traumatization and promote healing. She is also participating in a trauma refugee certificate program and a community of practice to change policies that will improve global mental health.
M.D., University of Montreal, Montreal, Qu�bec, Canada 2000
Post-doctorate Psychiatry, University of Montreal, Montreal, Qu�bec, Canada 2006
B.Sc., Laval University, Ste-Foy, Qu�bec, Canada 1996
Internship: Psychiatry, Hospital Notre-Dame, Hospital St-Luc, Montreal, Qu�bec, Canada 2002-2003
Psychiatry, University of Montreal, Montreal, Qu�bec, Canada 2001-2006
Harvard Medical School, Global Mental Health: Refugee Trauma,
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - Psychiatry,
Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma Global Mental Health Alumni
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Fellow)
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine Society
Honors and Awards
Back-to-school-night Award: �Out of the Box�, UC Davis (November 2), 2018
Junior faculty Award, UC Davis Medical Center, 2017
Outstanding Faculty Award, UC Davis Medical Center, 2017
Back-to-school-night Award: �Floor exercise� (most likely to bend over backwards for a patient) , UC Davis Medical Center, 2016
Prize Drapeau for best presentation, University of Montreal, 2005
Select Recent Publications
Giroux C. A Portable Workshop: embedding Storytelling in Psychiatry. J Psychiatry Reform. 2020 Sep 3; 8(8). https://journalofpsychiatryreform.com/2020/09/03/a-portable-workshop-embedding-storytelling-in-psychiatry/
Giroux C., Shimoyama S. Alexander D. Physicians with children: Nurturing humanism and returning joy to medicine. In: Hategan A., Saperson K., Harms S., Waters H. (eds) Humanism and Resilience in Residency Training. Springer, Cham. 2020 Jun 25:123-157. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-45627-6_4.
Giroux C. Letter to a Young Psychiatrist. J Psychiatry Reform. 2020 Jun 23;8(4). https://journalofpsychiatryreform.com/2020/06/23/letter-to-a-young-psychiatrist/
Giroux C. Peer Support Group as Collective Care. J Psychiatry Reform. 2020 Apr 15;8(2). https://journalofpsychiatryreform.com/2020/04/15/peer-support-group-as-collective-care/
Giroux C, Bourne C. Group Psychotherapy using Video Conferencing for Survivors of Trauma during a Pandemic. J Psychiatry Reform. 2020 Mar 23;7(4). https://journalofpsychiatryreform.com/2020/03/23/group-psychotherapy-using-video-conferencing-for-survivors-of-trauma-during-a-pandemic/
Giroux C, Hategan A, Lynm S, Eppel A. While You’re Social Distancing: The Role of Psychiatrists During Pandemics. J Psychiatry Reform. 2020 Mar 19;7(4). https://journalofpsychiatryreform.com/2020/03/19/while-youre-social-distancing-the-role-of-psychiatrists-during-pandemics/
Giroux C, Hategan A, Bourne C. Reproductive rights on the path of liberation: from deconstructing the concept of control in our society to emphasizing pro-attachment attitudes. J Public Health. 2020 Feb 6:fdaa017. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdaa017.
Giroux C, Hategan A, Eppel A. Wellness Calendar for the Busy Physician: How to “Survive” the Holiday Blues. J Psychiatry Reform. 2019 Dec 19;6(6). https://journalofpsychiatryreform.com/2019/12/19/wellness-calendar-for-the-busy-physician-how-to-survive-the-holiday-blues/
Giroux C. Joy as Medicine. J Psychiatry Reform. 2019 Oct;6(4). https://journalofpsychiatryreform.com/2019/10/29/joy-as-medicine/
Giroux C, Sciolla AF. Trauma- and Stressor-related Disorders in Late Life. In: Hategan A, Bourgeois JA, Hirsch C, Giroux C. Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry: Case Studies. Springer, 2018.