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Armando Bertone

Title: 
Dr.
Academic title(s): 
  • Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
  • Graduate Program Director, School/Applied Child Psychology Program
  • Director, Summit Centre for Education, Research and Training (SCERT - www.summit-scert.com)
  • Supervisor, Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University
  • Research Scientist, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Research Program, CIUSS-NIM, Rivière-des-Prairies Mental Health Research Hospital 
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Neurotracker Inc.
     
Armando Bertone
Contact Information
Address: 

Education Building, Room 518

Email address: 
armando.bertone [at] mcgill.ca
Phone: 
514-398-3448
Department: 
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Biography: 

Dr Bertone is a cognitive neuroscientist, clinical neuropsychologist, and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology @ McGill University. He has directed the Perceptual Neuroscience Lab (PNLab.ca) for Autism and Development since 2009. The PNLab operates over two sites: the Department of ECP at McGill University, and the Rivière des Prairies Hospital (RDPH), a specialized psychiatric hospital for children affiliated with l’Université de Montréal. His team and collaborators use different experimental approaches to define biologically-plausible brain alterations that can account for sensory-related cognition and behavior in autism. The ultimate goal of his work is to increase the efficacy of existing cognitive and behavioral interventions in autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions (NDCs) by defining and considering perceptual and cognitive strengths and challenges in these condition at different periods of development. To this end, he manage both laboratory- and school-based research programs in collaboration with academics, professionals and stakeholders alike.

Degree(s): 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University

Postdoctoral Fellow,  École d’optométrie, Université de Montréal

Ph.D., Université de Montréal: Clinical/Experimental Neuropsychology

M.Ps., Université de Montréal: Clinical Psychology

M.A., Concordia University: Experimental Psychology

Areas of expertise: 

Autism Spectrum Conditions, Cognitive Assessment and Training, Perceptual Learning, Development of Visual and Auditory Processes, Multisensory Integration, and Technology Transfer.

Current research: 

Dr Bertone’s laboratory-based research aims at understanding sensory and cognitive differences between individuals with autism and typically-developing individuals. He has advanced important theories regarding the neural underpinnings of sensory processing in autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions (NDCs), such as fragile x syndrome, by measuring characteristic perceptual information capabilities in the visual domain, coined perceptual signatures. His work has been published in top-tier journals (Biological Psychiatry, Brain, Neurology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience) and is highly cited. Dr. Bertone’s work on perceptual signatures in autism subsequently led him to develop one of few data-driven and biologically-plausible neural models that accounts for both enhanced and diminished sensory abilities in autism (altered lateral connectivity model).

Dr. Bertone also oversees a school-based research program that includes the development and validation of a computer-based, attention training program for students with neurodevelopmental conditions (NDCs) in a school-setting. This program was developed based on the needs of school professionals and parents working with children with NDCs, and guided by laboratory findings defining the sensory and cognitive strengths and challenges of students with NDCs across ages, exemplary of the multidisciplinary integration of basic and applied research that characterises the work in Dr Bertone's PNLab.

Dr. Bertone’s school-based research programs have led to the development of fruitful relationships with several schools across Canada during the last several years. He was able to formalize one such partnership by co-founding the Summit Centre for Education, Research, and Training (SCERT) with administrators of Summit School, a specialized school for children with exceptionalities in Montreal, Canada. As SCERT director, Dr. Bertone leads knowledge translation and outreach activities between academics, professional, teachers, parents, and the community through the SCERT by organizing public lectures, professional workshops and conferences led by internationally recognized leaders in academic and professional spheres. The SCERT is a a unique learning, teaching and research centre that brings together experts in the fields of education, psychology and other fields relevant to the education and management of children with NDCs (www.summit-scert.com).

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

William Dawson Scholar Award (renewed) - McGill University Institutional Recognition Award (2020-25)

Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ) Research Scholar Award (J2) (2016-20)

William Dawson Scholar Award - McGill University Institutional Recognition Award (2015-20)

Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ) Research Scholar Award (J1) (2011-15)

Graduate supervision: 

School/Applied Child Psychology

Human Development (relevant to research areas)

Selected publications: 

Journal Articles (last 5 years)

*indicates a graduate or postdoctoral trainee

*Ainsworth, K., Ostrolenk, A., *Irion, C., & Bertone, A. (2020). Reduced multisensory facilitation exists in autism at different periods of development in autism. Cortex.  doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2020.09.031.

*Silvestre, D., *Guy, J., Hanck, J., Cornish, K., & Bertone, A. (2020) Different luminance- and texture-defined contrast sensitivity profiles in school-aged children. Sci Rep, 10, 13039. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69802-5.

*Scholes, S., Santisteban, J. A., Zhang, Y., Bertone, A. & Gruber, R. (2020). Modulation of slow-wave sleep: Implications for psychiatry. Curr Psychiat Rep, 22(10):52. doi: 10.1007/s11920-020-01175-y.

*Tullo, D., *Perico, C., Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2020). Multiple Object Tracking isolates feedback-specific load in attention and learning. J Vision, doi : 10.1167/jov.20.5.9

Charbonneau, G., Bertone, A., Véronneau, M., Girard, S., Pelland, M., Mottron, L., Lepore, F., & Collignon, O. (2020). Within- and cross-modal integration and attention in the Autism Spectrum. J Autism Dev Disord, 50(1):87-100. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04221-8.

Ostrolenk, A., *Bao, V. A., Mottron, L., Collignon, O., & Bertone, A. (2019). Multisensory Integration in adolescents and adults with ASD: A Reaction Time Study. Sci Rep, 9, 11965. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-48413-9.

*Guy, J., Mottron, L., Berthiaume, C., & Bertone, A. (2019). A developmental perspective of global and local visual perception in autism. J Autism Dev Disord, 49(7):2706-2720. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2834-1.

*Tullo, D., Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2018). The characterization of attention resource capacity and its relationship with non-verbal intelligence: A multiple object tracking study. Intelligence, 69, 158-168. doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2018.06.001.

*Habib, K., Montreuil, T, & Bertone, A. (2018). Social learning through physical activity for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Rev J Autism Dev Disord, 69, 158-168. doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2018.06.001.

*Tullo, D., Guy, J., Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2018). Training with a three-dimensional multiple object-tracking (3D-MOT) paradigm improves attention in students with a neurodevelopmental condition: A randomized controlled trial. Dev Sci, 21(6):e12670. doi: 10.1111/desc.12670.

*Bao, V., Collignon, O., Mottron, L., & Bertone, A. (2017). Multisensory integration in autism spectrum disorders: Investigating the presence of auditory-guided visual illusions. J Autism Dev Disord, 47(8):2535-2543. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3172-7.

*Guy, J., Habak, C., Wilson, H.R., Mottron, L., & Bertone, A. (2017) Face perception develops similarly across viewpoint in children and adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorder. J Vision, 17(1):38. doi: 10.1167/17.1.38.

*Guy, J., Mottron, L., Berthiaume, C., & Bertone, A. (2016). The development of contrast sensitivity in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Res, 9, 866-878. doi: 10.1002/aur.1579.

Dormal, G., Lepore, F., Harissi-Dagher, M., Albouy, G., Tucholska, A., Bertone, A., Rossion, B., & Collignon, O. (2015). Tracking the evolution of crossmodal plasticity and visual recovery before and after sight-restoration. J Neurophysiol, 113, 1727-42. doi: 10.1152/jn.00420.2014.

*Morin, K. *Habak, C., Wilson, H.R., Pagani, L., Mottron, L., & Bertone, A. (2015). Atypical face perception in autism: A point of view? Autism Res, 8, 497-506. doi: 10.1002/aur.1464.

*Perreault, A., Habak, C., Mottron, L., Lepore, F., & Bertone, A. (2015). Local information influences visual shape perception in autism. Neuropsychologia, 77, 380-386. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.09.022.

Patents

Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2019). Device and method for measuring mild perceptual impairment. US Patent 10,485,466 B2.

Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2016). Device and method for measuring mild perceptual impairment. Australian Patent AU 2010225433 B2.

Book Chapters

*Guy, J., Marcone, C., Bertone, A. (2020). Sensory and perceptual abilities in Down syndrome. In J.A. Burack, J. Edgin, & L. A. Abbeduto (Eds). Oxford handbook of Down syndrome and development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Bertone, A. (2013). Acuity. In F.R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (p. 49-51) Germany: Springer.

French, L., Bertone, A., Hyde, K.L., & Fombonne, E. (2012). Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. In J.D. Buxbaum and P.R. Hof (Eds.), The Neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorders. (p. 3-24). Academic Press.

Cornish, K.M., Bertone, A., Kogan, C., & Scerif, G. (2011). Linking genes to cognition: the case of fragile-x syndrome. In J. Burack, R.M. Hodapp, G. Iarocci, E Zigler E (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development (p. 42-60). New York: Oxford University Press.

Conference Presentations (since 2019)

*Basma, B, Savage, R., Bertone, A. (2020, July). The N400 in typical and atypical readers: A systematic review and a meta-analysis. Poster accepted to the International Conference of Society of Scientific Study of Reading, Newport Beach, CA, USA.

*Lung, S. & Bertone, A. (2020, May). Role of intelligence on the relationship between sensory processing and autistic mannerism. Poster accepted to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) annual convention, Montreal, QC, Canada.

*Scholes, S., Wong, S., Scardera, S., Malikin, H., Hove, I., Michaud, R., *Ainsworth, K., & Bertone, A. (2020, May). Predicting multisensory integration at different points in development in autism. Poster accepted to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) annual convention, Montreal, QC, Canada.

*Scholes, S., *Ainsworth, K., & Bertone, A. (2020, May). Impaired multisensory integration at different developmental periods in individuals with autism. Poster accepted for presentation at the CPA 81st Annual National Convention. Montreal, QC. 

*Basma, B., *Archambault, C., & Bertone, A. (2020, May). The performance of adolescents with developmental disabilities and ASD in reading comprehension. Poster accepted to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) annual convention, Montreal, QC, Canada. 

*Silvestre, D., *Doobay, V., Mottron, L. & Bertone, A. (2020, May). The relationship between perceptual and cognitive changes from school-age to adolescence in autism. Poster accepted to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) annual convention, Montreal, QC, Canada. 

*Tullo, D., Faubert, J. & Bertone, A. (2020, May). Multiple Object-Tracking isolates individual differences in attention resource capacity for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster accepted to the Vision Sciences Society, Saint Pete’s Beach, FL, USA. 

Philibert-Lignieres, G., Rimmer, C., Boucher, T., Iarocci, G, Tillmann, B., Bertone, A. & Quintin, E-M (2020, May). The relationship between performance on a musical working memory task and parent reports of working memory: a comparison between typically developing children and children with ASD. Poster accepted to the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Seattle, Washington, USA.

*Lung, S., & Bertone, A. (2020, May). Comparing the cognitive flexibility of adolescents with intellectual developmental disorder (IDD) with and without autism. Poster accepted to the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Seattle, Washington, USA.

*Ainsworth, K., *Scholes, S., & Bertone, A. (2020, May). Altered multisensory facilitation in younger and older autistic individuals. Poster accepted to the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Seattle, Washington, USA. 

*Silvestre, D., Mottron, L. & Bertone, A (2020, May). The relationship between perceptual ability and cognition changes from the school-ages to adolescence in autism. Poster accepted to the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Seattle, Washington, USA.

*Oh, H.J.J., Luk, G., & Bertone, A. (2020, February). Bilingual experience and executive function of children and adolescents. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Baltimore, MD.

*Tullo, D., Faubert, J. & Bertone, A. (2019, November). Characterizing the interplay between learning and attention across neurodevelopmental conditions: A multiple object-tracking study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Montreal, QC, Canada.

*Basma, B., *Archambault, C., Tullo, D., & Bertone, A. (2019, July). The performance of adolescents with developmental disabilities in reading comprehension. Poster presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Montreal, Canada.

*Miseros, M., *Tullo, D., Faubert, J. & Bertone, A. (2019, May). The development of form and motion perception from school-age to adulthood: comparing sensitivity to luminance- and texture-defined stimuli. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society, Saint Pete’s Beach, FL, USA.

*Tullo, D., Faubert, J. & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Learning and visual attention across neurodevelopmental conditions: using multiple object tracking as a descriptor of visual attention. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society, Saint Pete’s Beach, FL, USA.

*Ainsworth, K., Falagiarda, F., Collignon, O. & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Time-resolved discrimination of audiovisual emotion in children with and without autism. Poster presented to the Vision Sciences Society, Saint Pete’s Beach, FL, USA.

*Lung, S., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). The dual facets of cognitive flexibility: key to its paradox and autism assessment. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, USA.

*Nader,A. M., Tullo, D., Bertone, A. & Soulieres, I. (2019, May). What strategies do autistic children use when learning new categories? An eye-tracking study. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Clark, E., Tullo, D., Faubert, J., Bertone, A. (2019, May). Domain-specific training improves math proficiency for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

Philibert-Lignieres, G., Tillmann, B., Bertone, A., & Quintin, E-M (2019, May). A Comparison between traditional and musical working memory assessments and the associated cognitive and ASD symptomology correlates. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Scholes, S., *Ainsworth, K., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Multisensory integration in children and adolescents with ASD: susceptibility to the Flash-Beep illusion. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Tullo, D., Faubert, J. & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Characterizing learning as a function of attention using a multiple-object tracking task: defining learning trajectories in ASD and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

Ostrolenk, A., Courschesne, V., Mottron, L., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Do commonly used cognitive assessments accurately estimate intelligence in autistic boys and girls? Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Lung, S., *Oh, J., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). The local and global conceptualization of autistic cognitive processing. Poster presented to the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Basma, B., *Archambault, C., & Bertone, A (2019, May). Adolescents with ASD perform better in listening comprehension than in word reading. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Ainsworth, K., *Scholes, S., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Does leading modality influence multisensory integration in children with autism? Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Miseros, M., *Tullo, D., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Luminance- and texture-defined visual perceptual processing in children and adolescents with ASD; comparison with other neurodevelopmental conditions. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Giorgio, L., *Levy, B., Faubert, J., *Tullo, D., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). Characterizing individual differences in attention across autism spectrum disorder: a multiple object-tracking study. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Archambault, C., *Basma, B., & Bertone, A. (2019, May). The impact of attention on reading in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

*Oh, J., *Lung, S., Bertone, A. (2019, May). Non-verbal intelligence is a better predictor of cognitive flexibility in low functioning adolescents with autism compared to adolescents with intellectual developmental disability. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Montreal, Canada.

Philibert-Lignieres, G., Tillmann, B., Bertone, A., & Quintin, E-M (2019, March). A Comparison between traditional and musical working memory assessments and the associated cognitive and ASD symptomology correlates. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), San Francisco, USA.

*Oh, J. & Bertone, A. (2019). Cognitive outcomes of children is associated with level of bilingualism. Poster presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Atlanta, GA.

*Lung, S., & Bertone, A. (2019, February). A new attitude to classic rigidity in autism: possible strength in cognitive flexibility. Poster presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Atlanta, GA.

*Archambault, C., *Tullo, D., Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2019, February). Effects of attention training on reading skills: a pilot study. Poster presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Atlanta, GA.

Selected talks and presentations: 

Bertone, A (May, 2017). Developing attention training paradigms for children with neurodevelopmental conditions: lessons for the lab. 1st Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH) Biennial Symposium on Knowledge Mobilization: Translating developmental science of youth into practice. Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. 

Bertone, A. (March, 2017). Defining cognitive phenotypes in Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions: implication for assessment and remediation. International Conference on Educational Neuroscience, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Bertone, A. (March, 2016). Defining perceptual and cognitive phenotypes across neurodevelopmental conditions: implication for assessment and remediation. ART-NeuroDevNet 3rd Biennial Winter Institute, Banff, Canada.

Bertone, A (August, 2015). Sensory issues in Autism. Autism Research Training Program, CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR). McGill University, Canada.

Bertone, A (March, 2014). Mild Perceptual Impairment. Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH) Symposium Series : Sensory development Influencing Development Across the Lifespan, Concordia University, Canada. 

Bertone, A. (November, 2014). Visuo-perceptual training : increasing attention and concentration in the classroom. Summit School, Montreal. 

Specialization: 

Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist (Specialization), Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ)  

Licensed Psychologist, Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ)  

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