Laboratoire d'étude sur la schizophrénie et les psychoses orientés vers l'intervention et le rétablissement.

Laboratory for education on schizophrenia and psychoses oriented to intervention and recovery.

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TANIA LECOMTE, PH.D.

Director

Tania Lecomte, Ph.D., is Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal, Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of the Montreal Mental Health Institute (IUSMM) and CRIPCAS, founder of the Canadian Network of Researchers in Schizophrenia, and a Founding Member of the North American Network for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis. Her current work focuses on the recovery of people with mental disabilities. She is interested, for example, in assessing needs, self-esteem and social functioning, in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp), first episodes of schizophrenia, and the professional reintegration of people with a severe mental disorder, as well as comorbid disorders (psychosis and substance abuse or social anxiety). Dr. Lecomte has directed and developed group workbooks for people with a severe mental disorder (such as: I am super-on self-esteem, CBT for psychosis, WITH-CBT for parents of people with psychosis and CBT for supported employment). She has benefited from several research grants at the national level (Canada) and several peer-reviewed articles (more than 120) have resulted from her work. She also co-edited the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Handbook (in French), published in 2004, and updated in 2012 by Les Presses de l'Université du Québec and she wrote the book Group CBT for psychosis published by Oxford Press in 2016 and translated into French at PUQ in 2018. She is also a clinical psychologist (private office) and expert trainer in psychological interventions with people with a severe mental disorder and their families.

AUDREY FRANCOEUR, Graduate student in psychology (R/I)

Social cognitive model of resilience following a romantic breakup in youth

Audrey first completed a Master's degree in psychology supervised by Tania Lecomte and Isabelle Daigneault concerning the mediating role of social cognition in the relationship between childhood maltreatment and romantic breakup adjustment in young adults. She is currently a doctoral student in psychology supervised by Tania Lecomte. Although Audrey is passionate by many research areas, her main interests are coping mechanisms, trauma, personnality and psychotic disorders. Her current research concerns emotional regulation in association with distress and mental health (resilience) following a romantic breakup in young adults.

BRIANA CLOUTIER, Graduate student in psychology (R/I)

Testing a novel group intervention for young men with a serious mental illness

Briana is a graduate student in clinical psychology (research-intervention profile) at the Université de Montréal. She obtained her bachelors' degree from Concordia University where she completed a honors' thesis on socicognitive predictors of education across generations. She is interested in interpersonal relations (families, friendships, couples) in the context of psychosis or severe mental illness. Her doctoral project focuses on assessing the impact of a novel intervention for romantic relationship functioning in young men with a psychotic disorder. She will also work on validating new tools focusing on sexuality and romantic relationship functioning in early psychosis.

ARCHIBALDO BRAVO, Graduate student in psychology (Ph.D)

Effects of changing cognitive biases on social anxiety in people with schizophrenia

Archibaldo is a Ph.D. student in psychology at University of Montreal. Supervised by Tania Lecomte, his doctoral thesis concerns effects of changing cognitive biases and sociocognitive deficits, particularly facial emotion recognition, on social anxiety in people with schizophrenia. Archibaldo obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH; Mexico), and his Master's degree in psychology at Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México (UNAM; Mexico). He has had the opportunity to work on various research project, inluding validating a measure of social anxiety.

JULIETTE C. BAROLET, Master's student in psychology

Attachment and childhood maltreatment as predictors of resilience following a romantic breakup in youth

Having completed her bachelor's degree in psychology, Juliette continues her masters degree under the supervision of Tania Lecomte and Audrey Brassard. She concentrates her research on the role of insecure attachment in young adults who experienced a romantic breakup recently. Her Master's thesis objective is to enhance comprehension of predictors of distress or resilience following a non-desired romantic breakup. Because of the subject of her research project, she is a current member of the CRIPCAS research center. Her study is a part of a broader research project which includes social cognition and childhood maltreatment in a romantic breakup context.

CATHERINE HACHE-LABELLE, Graduate student in psychology (R/I)

Virtual reality as a social reconnection tool: Pilot study

Catherine is a first year doctoral student in psychology (Research and Intervention profile). Her research interests focus on mindfulness and psychotic disorders, for which she is passionate. She did her Master's degree at University of Montreal, supervised by Tania Lecomte, her Master thesis entitle Two is better than one: Pilot study on feasibility, acceptability and potential impact of a group intervention on romantic relationships for young men with a psychotic disorder. She also completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology at University of Montreal.

MARIANNE BOUCHARD, Graduate student in psychology (Clinical psychology)

Study about function and effects of stimulant drugs in a population with schizophrenia

Marianne completed her degree in psychology at University of Montreal, where she held the position of research assistant in L'ESPOIR, in which she has been a member for more than two years. She is a passionate and dynamic student who aspires to become clinical psychologist as well as lecturer, while continuing her involvement in psychology research. Marianne is currently a graduate student in clinical psychology under supervision of Tania Lecomte and Stéphane Potvin. Her research project aims to provide a global and detailled portrait of psychosis and impulsivity characteristics in people with schizophrenia using psychostimulants.

ANTOINE PENNOU, Graduate student in psychology (R/I)

Study about an intervention aiming to decrease emotional distress in concurrent disorders

Antoine is currently a graduate student in psychology at University of Montreal and is supervised by Tania Lecomte and Yasser Khazaal. His research is about the importance of theory of mind and emotional regulation in social functioning of individuals with dual diagnosis of schizophrenia and alcohol and drug use disorder. He is working on developing a smartphone application that aims to promote better disease management for this population. He also conducted research about impulsiveness and its therapeutic implications for bipolar disorders at Douglas Mental Health University Institute, under the supervision of Serge Beaulieu.

EXPERT TRAINERS

CRYSTAL SAMSON, Graduate student in psychology (R/I)

Better understanding of cognitive biases in psychosis and depression

Crystal completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology at University of Ottawa, where she an undergraduate thesis about antipsychothics for people with intellectual disabilities. She is currently ending her Ph.D. in psychology at Univeristy of Montreal, in the L'ESPOIR laboratory. She is interested in various issues in adult mental health, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. She completed her internships according to psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches, which made her want to practice in an integrative approach. Her doctoral thesis focuses on cognitive biases in people with schizophrenia or major depressive disorder. She is also involved in many current projects in L'ESPOIR. Among other things, she leads a cognitive-behavioral therapy via Internet for young adults with psychotic disorder. 

 

ANOUK LATOUR-DESJARDINS, Clinical Psychology, CBTp trainer and  trainer in interventions/psychotherapy for psychotic disorders (located in Montreal)

PHILLIP THÉRIEN, Clinical psychology, trainer in family approaches and interventions/psychotherapy for psychotic disorders (located in Montreal)

Anouk completed her professional doctorate in psychology at LESPOIR's laboratory under the supervision of Tania Lecomte and Amal Abdel Baki, in 2017. She became interested in romantic relationships among men with a psychotic disorder. She currently work as a psychologist in private practice and at the Douglas Mental Health Institute, in both individual and group practice. Althought, she describes her approach as integrative, she has been mastering and applying cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis for several years (in particular Professor Lecomte's group approach).

 

 

Philip completed his professional doctorate in psychology at LESPOIR's laboratory, under the supervision of Tania Lecomte, in 2012. He studied the care pathway of people with both Borderline personality disorder and psychotic disorder. Since then, he works as a psychologist in private practice and in community context as well. He developed an expertise in family intervention for parents and relatives of people with psychotic disorder (including group intervention WITH). With an integrative approach, he is also trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (particularly, Professor Lecomte's group approach).

Alicia Spidel, Ph.D., psychologist, trainer in third wave CBT for psychosis and for trauma (located in Vancouver)

Alicia has completed her Ph.D. under the supervision of Pr. Lecomte, demonstrating the positive impact of the CAM group (an ACT/mindfulness intervention) for people with trauma and psychosis. She has many years of experience in mental health forensic settings as well as in psychosis. She is a trainer in third wave CBT for psychosis and for trauma, in individual as well as in group format.