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Armando Bertone

Title: 
Dr.
Academic title(s): 
  • Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
  • Director, Summit Centre for Education, Research and Training (SCERT - www.summit-scert.com)
  • Supervisor, Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal
  • Research Scientist, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Research Program, Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre - Montreal Island North, Rivière-des-Prairies Mental Health Research Hospital 
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, CogniSens 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

*Tullo, D., *Perico, C., Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2020). Multiple Object Tracking isolates feedback-specific load in attention and learning. Journal of 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. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 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. Scientific Reports, 9;9(1):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. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 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). Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 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. Developmental Science, 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. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 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. Journal of 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 Research, 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. Journal of Neurophysiology, 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 Research, 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.

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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