Our Team

Solène Cognard-Bessette

Solène completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UQÀM and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in psychology (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.). She has a strong interest in children reported to child protection services, particularly the psychosocial difficulties they may encounter and the relationship with their parent who may act as a protective factor. Her thesis focuses on the assessment of the so-called atypical behaviours that parents may have towards their child in order to promote a more appropriate intervention with these vulnerable families.

Elke Hearson

Elke completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UQÀM and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in psychology (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.). She is interested in the parent-child relationship and attachment, particularly in a population at risk of abuse and neglect. As part of her thesis, Elke is working on an observational measure of parental sensitivity to a population of families reported to child protection services.

Marie-Eve Allaire

Marie-Eve completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Montreal (2016) and is a doctoral student in psychology (professional profile, Psy.D.), since the fall of 2017. He is particularly interested in children and adolescents, as well as their relationships with the various members of their system. Her doctoral essay focuses on maternal trauma, atypical parental behaviours and attachment transmission in families reported to child welfare services. As a research assistant at the LEDEF, she has been involved in several projects, including the establishment and organization of CARE and the 2019 REPAIRE Provincial Symposium.

Houria Bénard

Houria studied teaching and psychology at the undergraduate level. She is now pursuing her graduate studies in psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal (professional profile, Psy.D.). She is interested in the development of preschool and school-aged children living with emotional and social issues, the quality of interaction and the parent-child attachment relationship. In particular, she wants to better understand the relationship dynamics in dyads where the child has a neurodevelopmental disorder and to shed light on the risk and protective factors that result from it.

Laetitia Mélissande Amédée

Mélissande completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with profile honors at UQÀM and is currently a doctoral student in psychology (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.), co-directed by Martine Hébert and Chantal Cyr. She is interested in the protective factors of abused children, particularly emotional regulation, and the executive functions of children. Her thesis will focus on the relationship between attachment, executive functioning and behavioural disorders in child victims of sexual assault.

Maude Archambault

Maude completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors at UQÀM and is pursuing a doctorate in psychology (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.) co-directed by Sébastien Monette, Ph.D and Chantal Cyr, Ph.D. She is interested in the difficulties found in children followed by child protection services, particularly the reaction disorder of attachment and the disorder of disinhibition of social contact. His thesis focuses on the prevalence and evaluation of his disorders in Quebec. Maude loves cats and the red color.

Laurence Cyr-Desautels

Laurence completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UQÀM and is currently a doctoral student in psychology (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.). She is interested in the socio-emotional functioning of children aged 6-12 in rehabilitation centre (group units and homes) and the relationship they have with their follow-up educator. It has developed an observational measurement tool that assesses both the quality of the child-educator relationship and the educator’s skills in a conflict resolution context. Her research interests include childhood abuse experiences, attachment, child-educator relationship and child social-emotional functioning.

Nathalie Fortin

Nathalie completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UQAM and is currently a doctoral candidate in psychology-neuropsychology (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.). Her research interests focus on parent-child relationship and parental sensitivity, particularly in families where the child has a neurodevelopmental disorder. As part of her thesis, she is interested in the effects of Relational Intervention in parent-child dyads whose child has an autism spectrum disorder.

Myriam Gaudreau

Myriam is a doctoral student in psychology (professional profile, Psy.D.), co-directed by Chantal Cyr and Louise Cossette. His research interests concern the functioning of same-sex families made up of gay fathers, trained through domestic adoption. In her doctoral essay, she will compare the sensitivity level of gay fathers to that of mothers and fathers of heterosexual couples. The second part of his essay aims to compare the socio-emotional adaptation of children from same-sex families with that of biological children of heterosexual couples.

Gabrielle Myre

Gabrielle completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in criminology at the University of Ottawa and is currently a doctoral student in psychology (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.) UQÀM. She is particularly interested in intergenerational trauma. Her thesis focuses on knowledge of safe scripts, parental sensitivity and the impact of the severity of childhood trauma on the parent-child relationship.

Valérie Langlois

Valérie Langlois completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors profile at UQÀM and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the developmental psychology section (scientific-professional profile, Ph.D. Shrink.D.). She first completed her bachelor’s thesis project on co-usual diagnoses in young preschoolers referred to child psychiatry and the quality of their family environment. Her doctoral research project aims to better understand atypical parental behaviours in the context of parental abuse and to examine the effects of Relational Intervention to reduce these disruptive behaviours for the child.

Marie-Claude Long

Marie-Claude is in her final year of her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UQÀM. She completes a specialized thesis on the symptoms of mental disorders and functional deficit in school-aged children hosted by child protection services, under the direction of Sébastien Monette and Chantal Cyr. She is interested in child abuse, attachment disorders and child mental health followed by child welfare services.

Hélène Demers

Hélène is currently in her final year of a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal under the course honors. Her specialization thesis deals with the link between parent-child conflict and the development of social networking dependence in adulthood. In addition, Hélène is interested in atypical parental behaviours as well as the impacts of childhood abuse and abuse on the development of parent-child attachment.

Laurie Fortin

Laurie is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology with profile honors at UQÀM. She focuses on violence in romantic relationships in adolescence and the impact of this on attachment and the development of later intimate relationships.

Former Doctorates

Everyone’s thesis or essay can be accessed by clicking on the name.

Dr. Lory ZephyrD. Psy.D.

Zephyr, Lory (2020). “The disorder of disinhibition of social contact: attachment to the figure of care and the quality of parental behaviours in abused children” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Thesis to come

Aliya Mubarak, Ph.D. Psy.D.

Mubarak, Aliya (2020). “Sensory regulation and parent-child relationship in children (1 to 5 years) followed in child psychiatry” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Thesis to come

Isabelle Boucher, Psy.D.

Butcher, Isabelle (2020). “History of childhood trauma and mental orientation in mothers of very young children reported for maltreatment” Thesis. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in psychology.

Upcoming test

Valerie Losier, Ph.D. Shrink.D.

Losier, Valerie (2019). “International adoption of children with a cleft palate: studies on the socio-emotional adaptation of the child and parental sensitivity” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Isabelle Morin, Psy.D.

Morin, Isabelle (2019). “Attachment and behavioural problems in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities housed in specialized residence: a case study and guidelines for clinical evaluation and intervention” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Marie Deschênes, Psy.D.

Deschênes, Marie (2019). “Marital satisfaction and parental stress as predictors of the alliance in the family triad: taking perspective as a moderator” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Eric Feugé, Ph.D.

Feugé, Eric (2018). “Parental engagement, gender roles and socio-emotional adaptation of adopted or adopted children by gay fathers” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Amélie Blondin, Psy.D.

Blondin, Amélie (2018). “The effectiveness of relational intervention with international adoptive parents and their children: an examination of parental sensitivity and investment” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Genevieve Michel, Ph.D. Shrink.D.

Michel, Genevieve (2018). “The attachment representations and socio-emotional functioning in school-aged children: a meta-analysis and empirical study of children housed in the Montreal Youth Centre” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Marilyne Dumais, Ph.D. Shrink.D.

Dumais, Marilyne (2017). “Attachment in institutionalized children in relation to the sensitivity of caregivers and the quality of the living environment” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Caroline Poulin, Psy.D.

Poulin, Caroline (2017). “The adaptation of school-aged children housed in youth centre: the roles of the severity of the abuse and the quality of the relationship between the child and his follow-up educator” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Michèle Sauvé, Psy.D.

Saved, Michèle (2016). “Traumas in childhood and hostile/powerless state of mind in parents of abused children with behavioural problems in preschool age” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Kim D’Amours, Psy.D.

D’Amours, Kim (2016). “Body images and intimacy to the best friend: a study on the attachment style of young Caucasian women from an urban background who frequent the Quebec colleges” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Katherine Pascuzzo, Ph.D.

Pascuzzo, Katherine (2012). “The longitudinal influence of attachment security towards parents and peers in adolescence on the individual’s adjustment to adulthood – Longitudinal influence of adolescent attachment security towards parents and peers on future adaptation in adulthood” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Nancy Rivard-Boulos, Psy.D.

Rivard Boulos, Nancy (2011). “Intervening according to the theory of attachment with the parent and his adopted child internationally: a case study” Thesis. Montreal (Quebec, Canada), University of Quebec in Montreal, PhD in Psychology.

Thesis not available

Former Doctoral Trainees

Sabine van der Asdonk (Netherlands, 2018)

Van der Asdonk, S., Cyr, C., Alink, L. (2020). Improving parent-child interactions in maltreating families with the Attachment Video-feedback Intervention: Parental childhood trauma as a moderator of treatment effects.Attachment – Human Development, 1-21.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2020.1799047

Sabine is currently a postdoctoral researcher on a trauma and attachment intervention project for mothers and their young children who have experienced severe domestic violence.

Christine Degraux (Belgium, 2013)

Degraux, C., Deschênes, M., Cyr, C., Gauthier, J.-M. (2013) Attachment representations in children aged 3 to 8 in institutions[affiche]. 35th annual conference of the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, Chicoutimi, Quebec.

Christine is the director of Atouts.be, a training and supervision centre for psychosocial youth workers in Liège, Belgium.