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Dr. Anne Gallagher

Dr. Anne Gallagher

Laboratory Director
Canada Research Chair in Child Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

Courriel

I completed a master’s degree in psychology at Université Laval and a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology at Université de Montréal. I then completed postdoctoral training in pediatric […]

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I completed a master’s degree in psychology at Université Laval and a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology at Université de Montréal. I then completed postdoctoral training in pediatric neurology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In the early 2000s, I established the NIRS lab at CHU Saint-Justine, a laboratory that I now manage. My research program focuses on the cognitive and cerebral effects of various pediatric diseases and clinical conditions, such as epilepsy, prematurity and congenital cardiac abnormalities. My research includes various methods, including neuropsychological assessment and brain imaging in order to better understand these pathologies and their effects on brain development, to identify predictive markers of developmental prognosis and to develop pre-surgical evaluation techniques for use in these populations.

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Staff

Dre Natacha Paquette

Neuropsychologist and Research coordinator

I am a neuropsychologist and a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec since 2016. I completed my doctoral training (PhD) in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal under the […]

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I am a neuropsychologist and a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec since 2016. I completed my doctoral training (PhD) in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal under the direction of Dr Maryse Lassonde and Dr Anne Gallagher. My doctoral thesis focused on the evaluation of language and attention development in children born prematurely or at term. During my doctoral training, I also completed several internships in clinical neuropsychology with various pediatric populations, including children with epilepsy, anxiety disorders or in child psychiatry. After completing a three-year postdoctoral training (2016-2019) in pediatric neuro-imaging at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles in California, I am back in Quebec to pursue my clinical practice in the private sector and my research work at the CHU Sainte-Justine research center with Dre Anne Gallagher. My current work specializes in the assessment of early language and attention development in infants and young children. I am also interested in the early detection of speech, attention or learning disorders with children with various risk factors (prematurity, congenital heart disease, etc.). During my training, I gained considerable experience with brain investigation techniques, such as EEG, NIRS and MRI.

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Phetsamone Vannasing

Project Manager and Research Coordinator

Having worked in several fields related to electrophysiology (EEG, EMG, ECG and evoked potentials) in various adult health centers, my interest to work with the pediatric population allowed me to join […]

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Having worked in several fields related to electrophysiology (EEG, EMG, ECG and evoked potentials) in various adult health centers, my interest to work with the pediatric population allowed me to join the CHU Sainte-Justine in 1993 as a research coordinator. Since 2003, I was appointed as a project manager for the LION team. I am mainly responsible for the implementation of research protocols, the data acquisition and the data analysis for all research projects going on in the lab. Furthermore, I am involved in teaching the technical aspects of acquiring, analyzing and interpreting NIRS and EEG data to students of our lab. Over the years, I have set up a state of the art multimodal recording platform combining EEG, NIRS, eye tracking and electrodermal systems. Moreover, in order to remedy certain difficulties encountered with the application of NIRS to our pediatric population and to optimize data quality as well as participants’ comfort during data acquisition, I have designed and built adjustable helmets adapted to children and adults with different clinical conditions (prematurity, epilepsy, severe cognitive deficits, etc.).

Recipient of the Justine Award for Recognition for the Development of Academic Life at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

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Julie Tremblay

Research Engineer

I have been a research engineer with the laboratory team since 2007. I provide team members with technical programming assistance. My main task is to create and adapt analysis software so that we can […]

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I have been a research engineer with the laboratory team since 2007. I provide team members with technical programming assistance. My main task is to create and adapt analysis software so that we can answer our many research questions. Over the years, I have gained experience with a range of imaging techniques, including NIRS, EEG (surface and intracranial), MEG, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, DTI) and cerebral connectivity analyzes. I have had the opportunity to develop several tools to facilitate and automate analyses for projects at the LION Lab, notably on the localization of language and epileptic foci, study of the visual system and normal brain development. I like problem-solving and hope to continue contributing to the success of this dynamic laboratory with future projects.

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Students

Laura Caron-Desrochers

Doctoral Candidate in Neuropsychology (D.Psy)

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Université de Montréal, I joined the LION team as a master’s student in 2016 and started my doctorate in 2017. My interests have led me to work with […]

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With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Université de Montréal, I joined the LION team as a master’s student in 2016 and started my doctorate in 2017. My interests have led me to work with the pediatric and adolescent population. I am fascinated by early neurodevelopment, and also by early environemental factors that affect the child’s cognitive and cerebral development. My research project focuses on the development of functional cerebral networks for language from birth to early childhood and influences of the linguistic prenatal environment. I use NIRS to measure functional connectivity in a resting state—a technique I find very stimulating as it is relatively new.

Recipient of the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral Program (NSERC) and the FRQNT Doctoral Training Award.

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Solène Fourdain

PhD Student in Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

After completing a two-year of European bachelor’s degree in psychology at Université Paris V-Descartes, I completed a one-year university exchange at Université du Québec à Montréal […]

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After completing a two-year of European bachelor’s degree in psychology at Université Paris V-Descartes, I completed a one-year university exchange at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Wanting to pursue my adventure in Montreal, I earned a master’s degree in psychology at Université de Montréal, during which I studied facial recognition strategies developed by people with prosopagnosia. Since 2014, I have been a PhD student in clinical neuropsychology under the supervision of Dr. Anne Gallagher. My research interests focus on the motor and cognitive development of children with congenital heart disease. More specifically, my thesis project aims to identify, using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), cerebral markers to predict the cognitive and language development of these children.

Recipient of the RBIQ International Student Scholarship, the Caisse Desjardins “Coup de pouce santé” Scholarship and Université de Montréal’s FESP Scholarship

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Isabelle Gaudet

PhD Student in Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) and began my doctoral studies in neuropsychology at Université de Montréal in September 2015. My […]

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I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) and began my doctoral studies in neuropsychology at Université de Montréal in September 2015. My interest in the use of functional brain imaging methods as a tool to understand the cognitive function of young children prompted me to join the LION team in September 2016. I am also interested in congenital heart disease and its impact on neurodevelopment. Accordingly, my research project aims to identify predictive markers of language development using a specific recording technique, electroencephalography (EEG), in newborns suffering from congenital heart disease. I would like to see how functional connectivity can predict language development.

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Alejandra Hüsser

PhD Student in Neuropsychology, Research Program

I earned my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in cognitive sciences and neuropsychology, from University of Zurich. My thesis was on executive functions in […]

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I earned my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in cognitive sciences and neuropsychology, from University of Zurich. My thesis was on executive functions in premature children, more specifically on the relationship between working memory and brain size. I went on to work as a neuropsychologist at the Zurich Epilepsy Centre, a position that helped me expand my clinical knowledge. I am fascinated by brain plasticity during development, a phenomenon that allows cognitive function despite certain traumas and neurological diseases. That is why I joined the LION Lab team to continue my scientific training. My project examines the reorganization of language networks in children with epilepsy using NIRS and EEG.

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Sarah Provost

PhD Student in Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Université de Sherbrooke, I started my PhD in Neuropsychology in September 2018 at the Université de Montréal. I joined the LIONLab […]

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After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Université de Sherbrooke, I started my PhD in Neuropsychology in September 2018 at the Université de Montréal. I joined the LIONLab because I had a strong interest for the neurodevelopment of children with clinical conditions. Since then, I have been studying cognitive and cerebral development of children with congenital heart disease. More specifically, my project aims to identify early predictive markers of neurodevelopment in children with congenital heart disease by investigating the association between resting-state functional connectivity measures, using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and developmental outcomes.

Recipient of the Doctoral training scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

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Kassandra Roger

PhD Student in Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

My strong interest in brain development and brain imaging techniques motivated me to join the LIONlab team in 2017. At that time, I was completing an Honors thesis during my third year of a […]

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My strong interest in brain development and brain imaging techniques motivated me to join the LIONlab team in 2017. At that time, I was completing an Honors thesis during my third year of a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Montreal. During this one-year internship, I studied the recognition of the mother’s voice in newborns using electroencephalography (EEG). I am currently pursuing doctoral studies at the LIONlab as part of the PhD research-intervention program in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal. My thesis project aims to study the impact of malnutrition during the first year of life on adult brain function using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and EEG.

Recipient of the excellence scholarship from the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, master’s category, of the International Internships Québec-Cuba scholarship of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), the Mitacs Globalink Research Award and Doctoral training scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

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Janie Damien

PhD Student in Clinical Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in psychology – neuroscience option at Bishop’s University, I did a master’s degree in health sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. I then […]

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After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in psychology – neuroscience option at Bishop’s University, I did a master’s degree in health sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. I then started, in September 2018, my PhD in Psychology – Research and Intervention, Clinical neuropsychology option, at the Université de Montréal. I now pursue doctoral studies within the LIONLab. It is my interest in children’s health and neurodevelopment that motivated me to join, in 2018, the LIONLab led by Dr. Gallagher. I highly value and care for research in pediatric neuropsychology, neurology and neuroimaging. My thesis project aims to study the impact of neonatal hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia in infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or born prematurely, using electroencephalography and neurodevelopmental assessment. This research project aims to improve our understanding of brain and visual development in newborns.

Recipient of the Doctoral Training Award from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé (FRQS) as well as the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award: 2019-2020 – Doctoral Research Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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Yara Maalouf

Ph.D student in Clinical Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

Courriel

I started my bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Montreal in January 2018 after graduating with a bachelor’s in biology from Concordia University in April 2016. I am interested in […]

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I started my bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Montreal in January 2018 after graduating with a bachelor’s in biology from Concordia University in April 2016. I am interested in pediatric neuropsychology, and more specifically the atypical neurodevelopment of children. I joined the LION team in May 2019. My role includes the administration of neuropsychological testing to school-aged children born with congenital heart disease. In fall 2020, I will start my doctoral studies in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal and my project will aim to understand the impact of an early multidisciplinary intervention on the neurodevelopment of children with congenital heart disease.

 

Recipient of the Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC) and the masters Award of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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Charles Lepage

PhD Student in Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

I joined the LIONlab team as a research intern in fall of 2020 at the beginning of the last year of my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Université de Montréal. I completed my first cycle […]

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I joined the LIONlab team as a research intern in fall of 2020 at the beginning of the last year of my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Université de Montréal. I completed my first cycle honors thesis in which I conducted a retrospective study on sleep and parenting stress as predictors of behavior in children with congenital heart disease. My work within the lab has allowed me to discover this clientele and the subject fascinated me right away. I am currently pursuing my honors thesis project by examining the impact of medical et demographic variables on behavioral development. In the context of my PhD in clinical neuropsychology, I will be evaluating the impact of a parent-child yoga intervention on the child’s cognition and the parent’s stress level. I also intend to examine the functional connectivity of the children taking part in the intervention using NIRS-EEG data acquisition.

Recipient of the Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC) and the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Award of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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Laurence Petitpas

Master's student

I first joined the LionLab during the 3rd year of my bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Montreal. At that time, I was an intern and worked on a project studying the […]

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I first joined the LionLab during the 3rd year of my bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Montreal. At that time, I was an intern and worked on a project studying the impact of congenital heart disease on neurodevelopment which fascinated me and made me discover a great interest for the pediatric clinical population. I then left Montreal for a semester abroad at the Paris-V Descartes University. Now that I am back, I reintegrated the Lionlab team as a research assistant on many of our lab’s projects, mainly assisting on NIRS data acquisition and administering neurodevelopmental assessments to the subjects. As part of my Master’s thesis I will be working on the impact of neonatal hypoglycemia on the cerebral and visual development in premature children.

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Justine Mathieu

I am a third-year student in cognitive neuroscience (neuropsychology orientation) at Université de Montréal. My avid curiosity regarding atypical neurodevelopment motivated me to join LIONlab in […]

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I am a third-year student in cognitive neuroscience (neuropsychology orientation) at Université de Montréal. My avid curiosity regarding atypical neurodevelopment motivated me to join LIONlab in 2022. During my baccalaureate, I quickly developed a keen interest in cognitive processes in children who, at birth, are like books that have not yet been written. As part of a summer internship and the completion of my honors thesis, I will work on the Premasucré project, which focuses on the impact of neonatal hypoglycemia on brain, cognitive, and visual development in children born prematurely.

 

Recipient of the Summer Internships Program scholarship of the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre (2022).

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Anna-Gabriela Ramirez

I joined the LIONlab team in summer of 2022 as a research intern. Il will pursue my work at the LIONlab during my third year of a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience (neuropsychology […]

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I joined the LIONlab team in summer of 2022 as a research intern. Il will pursue my work at the LIONlab during my third year of a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience (neuropsychology orientation). As part of my honours thesis, I will study the development of the language brain networks from birth to the age of three. I have a great interest in the pediatric population, brain imaging techniques and the factors that influence neurodevelopmentexplaining why. I feel so engaged in the LIONlab research projects. In the future, I would like to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology.

 

Recipient of the IVADO Undergraduate Introduction to Research Scholarship and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation Scholarship for Internships.

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Alumni

Mélissa Perreault-Magny

Master's student

I first joined the LionLab in winter 2020 as part of my Lab 2 class. I was then studying cognitive neuroscience at the University of Montreal and had a strong interest in language and development. […]

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I first joined the LionLab in winter 2020 as part of my Lab 2 class. I was then studying cognitive neuroscience at the University of Montreal and had a strong interest in language and development. Therefore, my interest was piqued when I first heard of the ELAN project which aims to study the influence of prenatal language environment on the cerebral language networks’ development in children. Having now obtained my Bachelor’s degree, I have integrated the LionLab’s team as a technical assistant (Summer 2020) as well as a Master’s student (Fall 2020) on the ELAN project.  I am currently taking part in the acquisition of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) data as well as conducting the neurodevelopmental assessments on our subjects. My intention is to eventually achieve a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology.

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Jacqueline Nguyen Phuong Trieu

Research Assistant

I am a undergraduate student in cognitive neuroscience at the Université de Montréal. With my experience as a clinical nurse specialized in pediatrics and neonatology, I have a particular interest […]

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I am a undergraduate student in cognitive neuroscience at the Université de Montréal. With my experience as a clinical nurse specialized in pediatrics and neonatology, I have a particular interest in childhood neuropsychology, notably in neurodevelopmental disorders and factors influencing the cognitive development of children. In fall 2020, I joined the LIONlab to satisfy my scientific curiosity and foster my knowledge. I am currently assisting other members of the team in the ÉLAN project, in order to study the effects of the prenatal language environment on cerebral language development in children. I intend to start a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology after my bachelor’s degree.

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Jérémi Desrosiers

I joined the LIONlab team during the summer of 2020 as a research intern as part of the CHU Sainte-Justine summer internship program. I continued my work at the lab as a 3rd year undergraduate student […]

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I joined the LIONlab team during the summer of 2020 as a research intern as part of the CHU Sainte-Justine summer internship program. I continued my work at the lab as a 3rd year undergraduate student in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Montreal as part of the Honor path. As part of my Honor thesis, I am currently doing a systematic review of the literature on the development of functional and structural neural networks in young children in the antenatal and neonatal periods. My work with the LIONlab team only confirmed my interest in research with a pediatric population. I therefore intend to continue my university career in this field and pursue to a Ph.D in neuropsychology. My ambitions for the future are to work with children with autism spectrum disorder to better understand the neurodevelopmental causes of this disorder. I also want to develop intervention programs that can improve the quality of life of these children and their families.

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Alice Gagné

I joined the LIONlab team in the winter of 2021 as a research assistant while I was completing my second year of a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Montreal. I […]

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I joined the LIONlab team in the winter of 2021 as a research assistant while I was completing my second year of a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Montreal. I work on a project measuring the impact of congenital heart disease on the neurodevelopment of children. My work alongside members of the LIONlab team only confirms my interest in neurodevelopmental research in pediatric patients as well as in brain imaging. In the future, I would also like to work with young individuals with epilespsy, to better understand the neurological bases associated with this disorder and to help them have a better quality of life. Finally, I wish to pursue my studies joining the PhD program in clinical neuropsychology.

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Emmanuelle Dionne-Dostie

PhD Student in Neuropsychology, Research and Intervention Program

I graduated from Université de Montréal with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and have been pursuing a PhD in clinical neuropsychology since 2012. During my undergraduate degree, I acquired […]

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I graduated from Université de Montréal with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and have been pursuing a PhD in clinical neuropsychology since 2012. During my undergraduate degree, I acquired electrophysiology (EEG) skills for adults and, since 2011, have been continuing my scientific training at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center under the supervision of Drs. Maryse Lassonde and Olivier Collignon. In 2014, I joined the LION team led by Dr. Anne Gallagher, who is also co-supervisor of my doctoral dissertation. My project focuses on the development of cerebral mechanisms of multisensory integration in healthy infants and children using EEG. I am particularly interested in the cerebral and cognitive development of healthy brains in order to better understand the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders on the brain and to identify predictive markers for the occurrence of these disorders.

Recipient of the FRQS doctoral training award and a doctoral fellowship from the FESP

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Victoria Racicot

Bachelor Student in Psychology

I completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Université de Montréal in May 2017. I am interested in child and adolescent neuropsychology and, more specifically, in neurodevelopmental disorders […]

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I completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Université de Montréal in May 2017. I am interested in child and adolescent neuropsychology and, more specifically, in neurodevelopmental disorders and factors affecting neurodevelopment. I joined the LION Lab in winter 2017 as part of a project studying the association between neonatal hypoglycemia and visual function in premature children using visual evoked potential (VEP).

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Delphine Fargues

D.Psy Student in Neuropsychology

After earning a European “Master 2” degree from Université de Lille 3 in clinical neuropsychology, specializing in peri-surgical assessment and functional rehabilitation, I completed my clinical […]

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After earning a European “Master 2” degree from Université de Lille 3 in clinical neuropsychology, specializing in peri-surgical assessment and functional rehabilitation, I completed my clinical internship in the Epileptology Unit at Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, France. In 2015, I began my doctoral studies in clinical neuropsychology at Université de Montréal. My research interests are emotions, music and epilepsy. More specifically, my doctoral dissertation project examines the recognition of emotions elicited by music in children with median frontal lobe epilepsy. I am working under the supervision of Dr. Gosselin at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research and of Dr. Gallagher at CHU Sainte-Justine.

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Florence Menard

Trainee and Research assitant

I graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in the spring of 2020.  I joined the LionLab in September 2019, and for a period of four months I […]

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I graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in the spring of 2020.  I joined the LionLab in September 2019, and for a period of four months I did an introductory research internship as part of a course.  This experience allowed me to work in close collaboration with several members of the laboratory, in addition to learning about good practices related to the acquisition and pre-analysis of optical imaging data. To date, my duties in the laboratory consist mainly of assisting in the recruitment, along with the completion of neurodevelopmental assessments and the acquisition of NIRS data from young children.  I am particularly interested in research on pediatric populations, which led me to join the LionLab.  My research interests also include neurodevelopment and the impact of prenatal and perinatal complications on development.  I intend to start a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology in the fall of 2021.

 

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Ioana Medeleine Constantin

Research Assistant

I started a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience at Université de Montréal in September 2016. I am fascinated by brain development and pediatric neuropsychology. I joined the LION Lab in […]

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I started a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience at Université de Montréal in September 2016. I am fascinated by brain development and pediatric neuropsychology. I joined the LION Lab in winter 2017, helping with database management and administrative tasks related to various research projects.

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Pauline Lebret

Research assistant

After earning an European master’s degree in Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Caen Normandy, I worked as a clinical psychologist, particularly in the child […]

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After earning an European master’s degree in Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Caen Normandy, I worked as a clinical psychologist, particularly in the child protection field, but also in psychological consultation centers for children and adolescents. Arriving in Quebec in the summer of 2019, I joined the LionLab in September to provide technical support. My activities ranging from recruiting participants, to carrying out developmental assessments, through the collection of raw data and longitudinal monitoring of participants. My interests are mainly focused on perinatology and the dynamics between parents and children relationships. I plan to undertake a doctorate upon my return to France, this experience is therefore an excellent first approach to the world of research!

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