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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UQO CYBERPSYCHOLOGY LAB:
The Cyberpsychology Lab was originally founded as a result of an internal research grant awarded in 1996 to Dr. Stéphane Bouchard by the University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO, previously UQAH) (Programme Communauté Scientifique Réseau). The activities of our research team, co-directed by Stéphane Bouchard, led to the official creation of the Cyberpsychology Laboratory in 1999.The Cyberpsychology Laboratory then obtained additional funding from SIR (Subvention Interne de Recherche) and the FCAR (Formation de Chercheurs et l'Aide à la Recherche).
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In 2001, our Lab began accepting new research members and, since then, the team has continued to grow in size. In 2002, additional funding awarded by the Canadian Foundation for the Innovation (CFI) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) led to the initiation of a number of our current research projects that make use of both videoconferencing (for treatment of panic disorder with agoraphobia) and virtual reality.

 
THE UQO CYBERPSYCHOLOGY TEAM

The Cyberpsychology Lab research team is co-directed by Stéphane Bouchard, Ph.D.who holds a degree in psychology, post-doctoral fellowships, and teaching positions at the UQO.

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This team of researchers in cyberpsychology has already contributed in a signifcant manner to the academic development of 1st and 2nd year students as well as to the achievements of students at the post-doctoral level, in the fields of psychology, nursing and education.
 

The Cyberpsychology Laboratory research group is composed of the following team members:

 
Researcher Biographies and Profiles:

- Stéphane Bouchard, Ph.D. co-director of the lab:

 

 

 

 



Email

(819) 595-3900#2360
Fax: (819) 595-2250

Stéphane Bouchard received is Ph.D. at the Université Laval in 1995. During the same year, he finished his first year of post-Doctoral studies and was hired by the Université du Québec en Outaouais. His work revolve around the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders and the mechanisms underlying its effectiveness. For the past few years, he is specializing in the use of virtual reality and telepsychotherapy delivered through videoconferencing. He continues to occupy a vital leadership position within the Cyberpsychology Lab, thanks to ongoing close collaboration with other research team members (publications, etc.) and his international collaborations.

Through his relatively short career, Dr Bouchard as received many prizes and honors, notably the Award of the Canadian Research Chairs Program in Clinical Cyberpsychology in 2003 and the award from the Canadian Psychological Association, in 1995, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the knowledge of psychology as a new researcher. He has already produced numerous publications to his credit and received many kinds of research grants. His current research projects focus in the treatment of specific phobias (e.g. flying phobia) and other more complex anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic disorder, etc.), in the predictors underlying the effectiveness of telepsychotherapy (e.g. therapeutic alliance and motivation) and of virtual reality (e.g. sense of presence, role of emotions).

- Patrice Renaud, Ph.D.: co-director of the lab:

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#4412
Fax : (819) 595-2250

Dr. Renaud received his Ph.D. in the dual disciplines of Experimental Psychology (physio-psychology) in ergonomics and in Clinical Psychology (specializing in cognitive-behavioural therapy).

His research during the past years has led to the creation of a program research making use of immersive virtual reality technologies. He is currently conducting analyses of data collected from research into the dynamics of positioning, orientation and ocular movements in virtual reality. His current research interests include exploration of the close links between the perceptual-motor systems and the virtual content explored as well as of different levels of immersion and presence.

The results obtained will thus include a fundamental analysis of performance and of attentional and perceptual processes (from the perspective of ecological psychology and ergonomics). These results will have important implications for the applicability of virtual reality in clinical psychology and training. Dr. Renaud’s research will also aid in the development of a behavioral test (for possible use in anxiety disorders) as well as an assessment protocol for sexual preferences (applicable for use in private clinics treating sexual dysfunction). These two clinical applications, transposed into cyberpsychology, also have the advantage of allowing a more advanced exploration of fundamental tropisms that lies at the base of the entire behavioral spectrum.

From a more speculative point of view, Dr. Renaud views virtual techniques, both in their capacity as assessment instruments and as generators of fictional spaces, to be suitable subjects of inquiry for research into epistemology of psychology. The latter field of investigation thus offers the opportunities to examine the a priori concepts on which both virtual reality and measurement of such phenomena are based.

   

- Annie Aimé, Ph.D. :

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#2362
Fax : (819) 595-2250

Annie Aimé obtained her Ph.D in psychology at Université Laval in 2002. Her practice in clinical psychology among adult clientele is ongoing since 1998. On the clinical and research level, her interest revolves around mental health in general, and particularly in addictions, eating disorders and obesity.

Her research projects are related to three main themes: (1) identification of weight development trajectories; (2) psychosocial factors associated to eating disorders and weight issues; (3) assessment of anxiety and depression related symptoms during immersion in virtual reality with people who are preoccupied by their body and weight.


- Ilham Benyahia, Ph.D. :

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#1749
Fax : (819) 773-1638

Dr llham Benyahia is a professor at the Department of Computers and Engineering at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), since 1997. She obtained her Doctorate in computing (1993) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, France. Then, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Research on Transportation (CRT), Université de Montréal. From 1995 to 1997, she worked as a researcher at the Institut de Recherche of Hydro-Québec (IREQ). Her research interests are : Artificial Intelligence (AI) to resolve complex problems related to tetecommunications and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Her research in AI is based on supervised learning, learning by reinforcement and metaheuristics related to natural phenomena  (genetic algorithms, genetic programming and algorithms based on ant colonies, etc). As for her research with ITS, she works on dynamic dispatching of vehicles, connected and autonomous vehicles, with a special interest for cognitive behaviors and human factors. Prof  Benyahia  is also interested by the information management and communications related to connected vehicles for road safety and more specifically by the communications between emergency vehicles.


- Stéphanie Cormier, Ph.D. :

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#2309
Fax : (819) 595-2250

Stéphanie Cormier obtained her Ph.D. in psychology - research and intervention, option clinical psychology at the Université de Montréal in 2013. She is a professor at the Département de psychoéducation et de psychologie of the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She works also has a clinical psychologist specialized in health psychology and has many years of experience in chronic pain management. Her research projects are linked to psychosocial factors associated with chronic illness and its treatments. Her research interests are the impact of cognitive, affective and social variables on the experience of pain and treatment outcome. Her studies are also related to the contribution of expectations related to pain regulation, both on physiological and psychiatric levels. She is also interested in the use of virtual reality for acute and chronic pain management treatment. Dr Cormier aims to reach a better understanding of psychophysiological mecanisms underlying the experience of pain and also to optimize care for people suffering from chronic pain.

- Ana-Maria Cretu, Ph.D. :

Email
(819) 595-3900#1527
Fax: (819) 773-1638


Ana-Maria Cretu obtained her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Ottawa in 2009. Among many distinctions and grant received, she was nominated in 2009 by the thesis committee for a Ph.D. thesis prize and in 2010 a MITACS Enhanced Accelerate Internship (with PCI Geomatics). She is now a professor at the Département de l'informatique et d'ingénierie of UQO. She teaches virtual reality and human-machine interfaces classes and her research interests are also related to perception and 3D modeling, haptics, artificial intelligence, computer learning and imagery.

 

- Michel Dugas, Ph.D. :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#2509
Fax : (819) 595-2250

I am currently Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec en Outaouais and Researcher at the Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur and the Centre for Clinical Research in Health at Concordia University. Over the past 15 years, my students, colleagues and I have conducted clinical research on the psychological processes involved in the aetiology of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This line of research has led to the development of a cognitive-behavioural treatment protocol for GAD, which is based on a model developed in our earlier studies. The treatment, which targets the four model components (intolerance of uncertainty, positive beliefs about worry, negative problem orientation, and cognitive avoidance), has now been validated in four randomized controlled trials, all of which have been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Overall, the results from these studies show that the treatment is efficacious for the majority of individuals with GAD, and that gains are maintained and even augmented over periods of at least two years following treatment. Although these findings are encouraging, our research group is currently investigating ways of improving treatment efficacy by refining our understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development, maintenance, and treatment of excessive worry and GAD. For example, we are now investigating: (1) the impact of an interpretation modification training program on appraisal style and GAD symptoms; (2) the role of elevated levels of anger in the aetiology of worry and GAD; and (3) the efficacy of a new treatment protocol that exclusively targets intolerance of uncertainty via behavioural hypothesis testing. It is our hope that studies such as these will help to refine our understanding of the cognitive, behavioural, and emotional processes involved in the aetiology of excessive worry and GAD, and thus lead to more effective treatments for individuals with this highly prevalent and debilitating anxiety disorder.

- Daniel Fiset, Ph.D. :

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#2357
Fax : (819) 595-2250

Daniel Fiset obtained his Ph.D in psychology - neuropsychology at the Université de Montréal in 2004. On a research level, his interest revolves around the following themes: visual cognition, facial recognition and prosopagnosia, dyslexia, facial expressions/emotions and psychophysics. Also, Dr Fiset has a growing interest in the use of virtual reality application in neuro-psychology.

- Geneviève Forest, Ph.D.:

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#2288
Fax : (819) 595-3801

From the past three years, Genevieve Forest worked as a neuropsychologist clinician in the Pierre-Janet Psychiatric Hospital, where she developed an expertise in psychiatric cognitive assessment. She also holds a strong training in electrophysiology and chronobiology, sciences which study sleep and biological rhythms. The principal objective of her research program is to define the role of sleep in the cognitive performance and its link with the secretion of hormones and mental health.

Dr Forest's work uses different methodology in order to study these problems, which can be described in three large research orientations. The first orientaiton consists of a series of studies about the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance, the secretion of hormones and the cortical activity (electroencephalographic activity or EEG). The second axis revolve on the study of the role of sleep in the consolidation and the effectiveness in learning. Finally, the last orientation considers the impact of the sleep disturbances on cognitive functioning, life quality and psychiatric symptoms of people suffering from severe mental health disorders.

The implication of Dr. Forest within the Cyberpsychology Lab is characterized by the use of virtual reality to create cognitive tasks being related to real life. More precisely, this technology will be used in research projects aiming to specify the role of the sleep in learning process and the effects of sleep deprivation on performance. This young researcher presents a research file under development and aims the creation a research center for sleep at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Her single expertise within the UQO consolidate the multidisciplinary relations within the researchers of this university.

- Hélène Forget, Ph.D.:

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900#2261
Fax : (819) 595-2250

Helene Forget began her professorial career at UQO in 2001. She has an education background in biomedical sciences (neuroendocrinology) and in experimental neuropsychology acquired following a four years post-doctorate at Université du Québec à Montréal. Moreover, she is actually completing a training in clinical neuropsychology where she has been developing an expertise in the cognitive evaluation with the normal and pathological old populations. The main goal of its research work is to better understand the interaction between the hormones and cognitive functioning. Her research look into, on the one hand, on the impact of hormonal disorder on the cognitive functions in some endocrine pathologies such as the Cushing's syndrome, the Graves' disease and the premenstrual syndrome as well as in normal and pathological ageing. On the other hand, her work tries to better define the role of the hormones - such as cortisol and sex hormones - in the cognitive deficits met in the disorders of mental health disorders such as the sleep disorders and the anxiety disorders.

The implications of Dr. Forget within the Cyberpsychology Lab are multiple. For example, she takes part in the development of cognitive tasks being related to real life by using the virtual reality tools. Moreover, technologies of virtual reality will be used in order to create environments suitable to induce modifications in the slackening of hormones in order to evaluate the impact of the hormonal changes on the cognitive performance.

- Claudine Jacques, Ph.D.:

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 595-3900 #2272
Fax : (819) 595-2250

Claudine Jacques obtained her Doctorate in psychology, option psychoeducation,  in 2012 at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr Laurent Mottron. She worked for 15 years as a psychoeducator at the Ste-Justine Hospital and Hopital Rivière des Prairies, where she developed an expertise in the assessment and treatment of people suffering from autism spectrum. Her main research objectives evolves around : (1) the documentation and use of stereotype behaviors and limited interests used by people with autism spectrum inside a diagnostical assessment and identification of adaptative priorities at young age; (2) to develop intervention strategies adapted to the limited cognitive functions of people suffering from autism spectrum without intellectual deficience.

In collaboration with the UQO Cyberpsychology Lab, Dr Jacques will use virtual reality to create social environments representing real-life situations and work on decoding emotions and using interactive situations to help acquire social skills and problem solving strategies and, consequently, reduce social anxiety of people with autism spectrum.


- Christophe Maïano, Ph.D.:

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(450) 530-7616 #4052
Fax : (819) 595-2250

Christophe Maïano, obtained his Doctorate (Ph.D) in Sciences du Mouvement Humain in 2003, at the Université Montpellier I (France). He is a professor at the Département de psychoéducation et de Psychologie at UQO and specializes in the: (a) psychosocial intervention or physical activity (adapted) with people suffering from intellectual disabilities, mental health disorders and metabolic disorders ; and (b) health prevention and education for people with mental or physical health problems.

His research projects includes 4 main themes: (1) identification of contextual factors (social comparison, stereotypes, significant others, friends, school, etc.) implicated in the developement of self-concept in adolescents with of without intellectual disabilities; (2) study of self-concept effects on the biopsychosocial adaptation in adolescents with of without intellectual disabilities (obesity, eating disorders, depression, etc.) ; (3) development and validation self-assessment tools (short and long) related to body image, attitudes, eating disorders and mental disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.) ; (4) assessment of biopsychosocial effects of readaptation programs combining physical activity and virtual reality.

- André Marchand, Ph.D. :

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(514) 987-3000#8439
Fax : (819) 987-7953

André Marchand is a full professor at the psychology departement at UQÀM, associate professor at the psychiatry department at the Université de Montréal, researcher and co-director at the Centre de recherche Fernand-Seguin (CRFS). He is also director of the Laboratoire d’Étude du Trauma (LET) and the Groupe de Recherche sur l’anxiété et la panique (GRAP) at the psychology departement at UQÀM.

Dr Marchand is interested in the study of assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, particularly panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and generalized anxiety disorder. he is also interested in cooccurence of anxiety disorders. He is developing assessment tools and effective treatment modalities to treat people suffering from anxiety disorders. He evaluates therapeutic effects in short, moderate and long term, intervention strategies to learn more about factors and mechanisms underlying these effects and better understand the core of therapeutic change (therapeutic alliance, .specific intervention, expectations, etc.). He also assess costs related to therapeutic effects and benefits for patients. He applies new technologies to anxiety disorder treatments (e.g. virtual reality, videoconference).

Dr André Marchand is the author of many articles, book chapters and books on anxiety disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder and participates at many conferences, workshops, TV and radio shows.

- Olivier Mesly, Ph.D. :

 

 

 



Email
(819) 595-3900 #1728

Olivier Mesly is a full-time professor in the department of administrative sciences at UQO. He completed a post-doctorate term at HEC Montréal, and holds a doctorate degree in marketing, an MBA in international marketing and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from McGill University. He has worked for many years as director of international marketing. He has developed the consolidated model of financial predation (CMFP) which examines the interplay of strengths and weaknesses (predator-prey dynamics) between market agents the likes of those found during market crises. This model has applications in psychology, law (notably, in a current case in a Montreal Court), behavioral finance, neurobiology and economic sciences. Prof. Mesly is currently developing virtual reality interface based on his model at the Cyberpsychology Lab of UQO.

- Johana Monthuy-Blanc, Ph.D. (UQTR):

 

 

 

Email
(819) 376-5011 #3636
Fax : (819) 376-5127

Dr Monthuy-Blanc is a professor at the Department of Education at the UQTR. She obtained a Doctorate in education at the Université de Sherbrooke and in Sciences du mouvement humain at the Université Montpellier 1 in France. She has many research collaborations in Québec and Europe (Spain, Poland, France, Belgium). Among her awards and distinctions, she was retained by the preselection commission for a grant of excellence as a foreign students (FQNT), nominated for one of the best thesis of 2010 (Université de Sherbrooke) and obtained the 2nd regional award of Femme & Sports and a trophy "Jeunesse & Sports" in France.

Her research interests includes eating disorders, self-concept, body image, physical activity, ecological momentary assessment, time series and primary/secondary/tertiary prevention. In the last few years, she is interested in the use of virtual relity in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and body image perceptions.

- Pierre Nolin , Ph.D. (UQTR):

 

 

 

 



Email

(819) 376-5011#3544
Fax : (819) 376-5075

Pierre Nolin obtained his doctorate in neuropsychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). He is a full professor and researcher in neuropsychology at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) since 1989. He is one of the people in charge of the « clinical neuropsychology » orientation given at the higher cycles at the UQTR. He is the director of the Laboratoire de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réalité Virtuelle (LARI-RV) of the UQTR. He is also a member of the Groupe de Recherche en Développement de l'Enfant et de la Famille (GREDEF) and of the Groupe de Recherche et d'Intervention en Négligence (GRIN). He practised neuropsychology from 1983 until 1989 in various rehabilitation centers and hospitals across Quebec, including the Rehabilitation Center Lucie-Bruneau, the Jewish Hospital of Rehabilitation and the Rehabilitation Center Le Bouclier.

His research interests include the use of virtual reality for assessment and intervention in neuropsychology, the neuropsychological effects of maltreatment, memory, executive functions and learning amongst severe TBI as well as differential diagnosis of mild traumas (children and adults). He won the price for teaching for higher cycles at the UQTR in 2003 and the professional price from the Ordre des Psychologues of Quebec in 2005. His current work concerns mainly the development of a virtual environment aiming to assess and rehabilitate executive functions (The Virtual Multitasking Test) and the study of attention, prospective memory and executive functions with a neuropsychological clientele, including children and adults who have sustained a TBI, with virtual reality and neuropsychological assessment.

- Kieron O'Connor, Ph.D. (U de M):

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(514) 251-4015 #2343
Fax : (514) 251-2617

Kieron O'Connor is a full professor at the Département de psychiatrie at l'Université de Montréal. He received his doctoral degree and clinical training at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital in London. He is currently director of the study centre for research into tic and obsessional disorders. His research focuses on improving understanding and treatment of people suffering from obsessive-compulsive spectrum and related disorders. He has created three multidisciplinary research teams working respectively on: treatment of tic disorder, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome; delusional disorders; and obsessional disorders. His approach combines clinical and psychophysiological methods. His recent research extends treatment programs into eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder and to children and adolescents. He is also involved with community education and workshops and has authored four treatment manuals. Dr O'Oconnor has a growing interest in the use of virtual reality for the treatment of OCD.

- David Paquin, Ph.D. (UQAT):

 

 

 

 

 

Email
(819) 762-0971 #2243
Fax : (819) 797-4727

David Paquin is a professor at, and co-founder of the Création et nouveaux médias department at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). He has a Master degree in project management and a Ph.D. in visual art from the École Supérieure d’AudioVisuel (ESAV) of the Université de Toulouse II Le Mirail. He is a member of the Réseau international universitaire en création numérique (RUN) and of the Réseau Transméditerranéen de Recherche en Communication (RTRC) at UNESCO. Professor Paquin is actively involved in the development of university training in numeric creation in the province of Québec, also being a creator of 1st and 2nd cycle programs in numeric creation, synthesis imagery, visual effects and videogames at the UQAT.

Professor Paquin has a artistic hybrid and polyvalent profile – designer – engineer – creator developer – patcher – and project manager. His numerous research interests focuses on human-machine interaction, technological immersion, synthesis imagery, videogame, experiential design, agile project management and virtual reality. His last creation, l’Archange Numérique presented at the CERN in Spring 2015, is an interactive and immersive piece developed with the most powerful technologies in the virtual reality field. This creation uses a complex synthesis imagery in real-time using procedural and behavioral algorithms that studies the relationship between the spectator and the Archange Numérique. The piece owns its own autonomy and artificial intelligence; it has the capacity of producing "emerging properties" using simple calculations where emerges an incredible complexity. https://vimeo.com/125835969.

- Dominique Trottier, Ph.D. :

Email
(819) 595-3900 #1957
Fax : (819) 595-2250


Dominique Trottier is a professor at the psychoeducation and psychology department at the Université du Québec en Outaouais and an associate researcher at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut Philippe-Pinel in Montreal and at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale in Montreal. She obtained her Doctorate in psychology at the Université de Montréal, she now works as a clinician with judicial clientele and specializes in the assessment of sexual delinquents. Her research interests includes three main themes : (1) assessment of deviant sexual interests using virtual immersions, (2) phenomenology studies on sexual expression online or on social medias, and (3) assessment of intimidation and cyberintimidation behaviors related factors.


Students (Ph.D. Candidates):

    • Oliver Baus
    • Jessie Bossé
    • Stéphanie Dumoulin
    • Alain Hajjar
    • Vickie Hébert
    • Tanya Guitard
    • Claudie Loranger
    • Paméla Quintana
    • Manon St-Pierre
    • Cidalia Silva
    • Noémie Tardif


Personnel:

Research coordinator:

  • Geneviève Robillard, M.Sc.
      Email
      Tél.: (819) 595-3900 ext. 2531
      Fax: (819) 595-2250

Computer Technicians:

  • Christian Villemaire, B.A.
  • Dominic Boulanger, A.E.P.
  • Louis-Martin Rivard, B.A.