Bassam Khoury

Title: 
Dr.
Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Address: 

Education building, Room 517

Email address: 
bassam.el-khoury [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Biography: 

Dr. Khoury’s research focuses on clinical, social, and cognitive applications of mindfulness. His work also involves examining the process, outcomes, and effectiveness of mindfulness-based treatments. His current research program is primarily concentrated on investigating the effects of comprehensive mindfulness education program on the health and well-being of counselling/psychology trainees, the symptoms of their clients, and the therapeutic process. In addition, his research involves investigating the feasibility and effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for specific populations (e.g., schizophrenia, borderline patients, and forensic population). The principal goal of his research is to improve the health, well-being, and functioning of clinical and non-clinical populations via the development, implementation, and validation of effective meditation programs and mindfulness-based treatments.

Dr. Khoury conducted his doctoral research at Université de Montréal and his postdoctoral research at Harvard University and McGill University. He is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in mindfulness-based treatments (clinical license: Ordre des Psychologues du Québec).

Degree(s): 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard and McGill Universities: Psychology
PhD, Université de Montréal: Clinical Psychology
BA, Concordia University: Honours Psychology
BSc, Lebanese University: Electrical Engineering

Research areas: 
Counselling Psychology
Area of expertise: 
  • Mindfulness theories and applications
  • Interpersonal mindfulness
  • Mindfulness-based treatments
  • Effectiveness of psychotherapy
  • Mental health
  • Systematic reviews and Meta-analyses
  • Application of technology and programming in research
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Nominated for APA-Div 12 David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology-2017
  • Nominated for the Association of Psychological Science Emerging Scholars Rising Stars Award - 2017 and 2018
  • Rising emerging scholar, McGill University -2017
  • Nominated by the department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal for the Gold Academic Medal of the General Governor of Canada – 2015
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, “Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)” (value of 81, 000)
  • Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles” Award - “Fronds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FQRSC)”, December, 2014 (value of 1, 000)
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, “Fronds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FQRSC)”, 2014‐2016 (value of 64, 000)
  • Clinical Training Award, Clinic of Psychological Counseling, Université de Montréal, 2012 (value of 1, 000)
  • Research Excellence Award, International Mental Health and Citizenship Alliance, 2010 (value of 5,000)
  • Psychology Department Award, Université de Montréal, 2011
  • Psychology Department Award,Université de Montréal, 2010
  • Psychology Department Award, Université de Montréal, 2009
  • Psychology Department Award, Université de Montréal, 2008
  • The JW Bridge Medal for Psychology, Concordia University, 2008
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award, Concordia University, 2005
  • Campaign for the New Millennium Scholarship Student Contribution, Concordia University, 2005
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award, Concordia University, 2004
Selected publications: 

PEER‐REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

[* denotes supervisee; undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral]

  1. Khoury, B., Dionne, F., & Grégoire, S. (in press). L’embodiment, un concept unificateur entre les traditions orientales et occidentales de la pleine conscience. Annales Medico-Psychologiques, doi: 10.1016/j.amp.2018.04.010.
  1. Carrière, K.*, Khoury, B., & Knäuper, B. (2018). Author response to ‘Effects of mindfulness on weight loss’ by Dr. Kristina Bergman. Obesity Reviews, doi:10.1111/obr.12704.
  1. Carrière, K.*, Khoury B., Günak, M.* & Knäuper, B. (2018). Effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions on weight loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews (19), 164–177. doi: 10.1111/obr.12623
  2. Khoury, B. (2017). Mindfulness: Embodied and Embedded. Mindfulness. doi: 10.1007/s12671-017-0858-z
  1. Carsley, D.*, Khoury, B., & Heath N. L. (2017). Effectiveness of mindfulness interventions formental health in school: A comprehensive meta-analysis. Mindfulness. doi: 10.1007/s12671-017-0839-2
  1. Khoury B., Knäuper, B., Pagnini, F., Trent, N., Chiesa, A., & Carrière, K.* (2017). Embodied Mindfulness. Mindfulness, 8(5), 1160–1171. doi: 10.1007/s12671-017-0700-7
  1. Khoury, B., Schlosser, M.*, Knäuper, B., Carrière, K.*, & Chiesa, A. (2017). Effectiveness of traditional meditation retreats: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 92, 16-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.11.006
  1. Naeem, F., Khoury B., Munshi, T., Lecomte, T., Kingdon, D., & Farooq, S. (2016). Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis (BriefCBTp): A Review and Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 9(1), 73-86. doi: 10.1521/ijct_2016_09_04
  1. Khoury B., Sharma, M. Ruth, S. E., Fournier, C. (2015). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as a Stress Management Intervention for Healthy Individuals: A Meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 78, 519-528. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.03.009
  1. Naeem, F., Asmer, M. S., Khoury, B., Kingdon, D., & Farooq, S. (2015). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for schizophrenia and related disorders (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (6). doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011734
  1. Dionne, F. , Blais,, M-C., & Khoury B. (2014). TRANSDIAGNOSTIC CBT: A COMPLEMENT (OR AN ALTERNATIVE) TO THE DIAGNOSTIC APPROACH OF THE DSM-5. La revue québécoise de psychologie, 35(3), 231-249
  1. Khoury, B., Langer, E. J., & Pagnini, F. (2014). The DSM: Mindful Science or Mindless Power? A critical review. Frontiers in Psychology for Clinical Settings, 5(602). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00602
  1. Khoury B., Lecomte, T., Fortin, G., Masse, M., Therien, P., Bouchard, V., Chapleau, M.-A., Paquin, K., Hofmann, S. G. (2013). Mindfulness-Based Therapy: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(6), 763-771. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2013.05.005
  1. Khoury B., Lecomte, T., Gaudiano, B. A., & Paquin, K. (2013). Mindfulness interventions for psychosis: A Meta-analysis. Schizophrenia Research, 150(1), 176-184. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2013.07.055
  1. Khoury B., Lecomte, T., Comtois, G., & Nicole, L. (2013). Third wave strategies for emotion regulation in early psychosis: A pilot study. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/eip.12095
  1. Tranulis, C., Lecomte, T., El Khoury, B., Lavarenne, A., & Brodeur-Côté, D. (2013). Changing the name of schizophrenia: patient perspectives and implications for DSM-V. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e55998. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055998
  1. Khoury, B., & Lecomte, T. (2012). Emotional Regulation and Schizophrenia. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 5(1), 67-76. doi: 10.1521/ijct.2012.5.1.67.

SUBMITTED MANUSCRIPTS

  1. Bajaj, B., & Khoury, B. (submitted). Resilience as Mediator in the Relationship of Mindfulness to Happiness, and Stress. Journal of Happiness.
  1. Khoury, B., Dionne, F., & Grégoire, S. (submitted). La dimension interpersonnelle de la pleine conscience. Annales Medico-Psychologiques
  1. Poissant, H., Mendrek, A., Talbot, N.*, Khoury, B., & Nolan, J.* (submitted). Behavioral and cognitive impacts of mindfulness-based interventions on adults with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder: A narrative review. Behavioural Neurology

BOOK CHAPTERS, COMMENTARIES, AND OTHER NON‐PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Khoury, B., & Lecomte, T. (2016), "Présence attentive et milieu clinique" In S. Grégoire, L. Lachance & L. Richer. La présence attentive (mindfulness): État des connaissances théoriques, empiriques et pratiques. Montreal: Presses de l'Université de Québec.
  1. Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Lalonde, P. (2012). Régulation émotionnelle et troubles psychotiques. In M. Mikolajczak, et M. Desseilles, (Éds.), Traité de régulation émotionnelle. Bruxelles,Belgique: Groupe De Boeck SA.
  1. Benoit, A., & Khoury, B. (2012). Les interventions de troisième vague de TCC : thérapies de pleine conscience (mindfulness), d’acceptation et d’engagement (ACT), etc. In T. Lecomte, & Leclerc, C. (Ed.), Manuel de Réadaptation Psychiatrique (2 ed.). Montreal: Presses de l'Université de Québec.
Selected talks and presentations: 
  1. Khoury, B. (2018, November).Effects of meditation/mindfulness-based interventions and their mechanisms of action.Paperpresentation at theMind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  2. Spinelli, C.* & Khoury, B. (2018, November).Examining the Effect of Mindfulness Inductions on Increasing Ambiguity Tolerance.Posterpresentation at theMind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
  3. Per, M.*, Spinelli, C.*, Sadowski, I.*, Anand, L.*, Schmelefke, E.*, & Khoury, B. (2018). The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Forensic Inpatient Populations: A Meta-Analysis. Poster presentation at the Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
  1. Sadowski, I.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, November).Naturally Mindful? The Roles of Mindfulness and Gender in the Relationship Between Nature Relatedness and Subjective Well-Being in Emerging Adulthood. Poster presentation at the Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
  1. Carsley, D.*, Khoury, B., & Heath, N. L. (2018, June). A comprehensive meta-analysis of school-based mindfulness interventions for children and adolescents: Contribution of individual differences and intervention characteristics. GIMME-5 spoken presentation session submitted for presentation at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.
  1. Per, M.*, Schmelefke, E.*, & Khoury, B. (2018). The role of mindfulness, emotional regulation, and compassion in non-suicidal self-injury. Poster session presented at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, QC, Canada.
  1. Anand, L.*, Sadowski, I.*, Per, M.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, June). Mindful parenting: A meta-analysis reviewing outcomes from a developmental perspective. Poster session presented at International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, QC.
  1. Spinelli, C.*, Carrière, K.*, Paradis-Gagné, E.*, Per, M.*, Wisener, M.*, Sadowski, I.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, June). Evaluating the use of mindfulness based strategies and yoga in improving the well-being of forensic inpatients at the Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal. Poster presentation at the 2018 International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, CA.
  1. Anand, L.*,Per, M.*, Sadowski, I.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, May).Mindful parenting frompre-natal to adolescence: A meta-analysis. Poster session presented at A Mindful Society, Toronto, ON.
  1. Schmelefske, E.A.*, Per, M.*, & Khoury, B. (2018). A meta-analysis of mindfulness-based treatments for NSSI and suicide. Poster presentation at A Mindful Society Conference in Toronto, ON.
  1. Spinelli, C.*, Carrière, K.*, Paradis-Gagné, E.*, Per, M.*, Wisener, M.*, Sadowski, I.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, May). Using mindfulness and yoga to treat forensic inpatients. Poster presentation at the Mindful Society Conference, Toronto, CA.
  1. Carrière, K.*, Khoury, B., Günak, M.*, & Knäuper, B. (2018, May). Mindfulness-based interventions for weight loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis. A Mindful Society Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  1. Schmelefske, E.A.*, Per, M.*, & Khoury, B. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions for suicide and NSSI: A meta-analysis. Poster presentation at American Association of Suicidology Conference in Washington D.C.
  1. Schmelefske, E.A.*, Per, M.*, & Khoury, B. (June 2018). Mindfulness-based treatments for NSSI and suicide: A systematic, meta-analytic review. Poster presentation at the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
  1. Spinelli, C.*, Carrière, K.*, Paradis-Gagné, E.*, Per, M.*, Wisener, M.*, Sadowski, I.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, July). Mindfulness and yoga training as adjunctive therapies in forensic patient treatment. In M. Hoeve (Chair), Mindfulness in the Justice System. Symposium conducted at the International Conference on Mindfulness 2018, Amsterdam, NL.
  1. Spinelli, C.* & Khoury, B. (2018, July).Mindfulness and Ambiguity Tolerance: Fostering resilience in an ambiguous world.Posterpresentation at the International Conference on Mindfulness 2018, Amsterdam, NL.
  1. Carrière, K.*, Khoury, B., Günak, M.*, & Knäuper, B. (2018, July). Mindfulness-based interventions for weight loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis. In M. Brewer (Chair), Using Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Addictive Behaviours. Symposium conducted at the International Conference on Mindfulness 2018, Amsterdam, NL.
  1. Wisener, M.*, Khoury, B., & Spinelli, C.* (2018, July). Can trait mindfulness and self-compassion protect undergraduate students from drinking to cope and alcohol-related problems? Poster presentation at the International Conference on Mindfulness 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  1. Wisener, M.*, Khoury, B., & Spinelli, C.* (2018, July). Stop suppressing, stop smoking? A protocol studycomparing brief mindfulness, suppression, and distraction strategies for smoking cessation. Poster presentation atthe International Conference on Mindfulness 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  1. Wisener, M.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, August). Comparing mindfulness, suppression, and distraction strategies for smokingcessation. Poster presentation atthe 126th Annual American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California
  1. Wisener, M.*, & Khoury, B. (2018, March). A protocol study comparingbriefmindfulness, suppression, and distraction strategiesfor smoking cessation. Poster presentation at the 2018 Education Graduate Student Society Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  1. Khoury, B. (2017). “Approches théoriques de la pleine conscience et processus sous-jacents à l’efficacité de la pleine conscience”, Colloque Méditation et la santé mentale, Sherbrooke University, Quebec Canada (November,17th, 2017)
  1. Khoury, B. (2017). “Les effets de la méditation sur la schizophrénie”, Colloque Méditation et la santé mentale, Sherbrooke University, Quebec Canada (November,17th, 2017)
  1. Khoury, B., Carsley, D.*, & Heath N. L. (2017). “La pleine conscience: Théories, recherches et applications”, 29e congrès de l’association Québécoise des psychologues scolaires, Trois-Rivières, Quebec Canada (October, 21st, 2017)
  1. Sharma, M., Khoury, B., Rush, S. E., & Fournier, C. (2015). A meta-analysis of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) interventions in healthy individuals. Published abstract in the Proceedings of the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 143, Session 4375.
  1. Goyette, M., & Khoury, B. (2014). "Sensibilisation à la prévention de la rechute basée sur la pleine conscience : une intégration des autres champs de la santé mentale", Toxicomanie et problématiques associées : agir ensemble, Canada, Quebec, Trois-Rivières (October, 22nd, 2014)
  1. Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Fortin, G., Masse, M., Therien, P., Bouchard, V., Chapleau, M.-A., Paquin, K., Hofmann, S. G. (2013). Mindfulness-Based Therapy: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis. ACBS World Conference XI, Sydney, Australia (July 9-12, 2013)
  1. Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Gaudiano, B. A., & Paquin, K. (2013). Third wave interventions for psychosis: A Meta-analysis. ACBS World Conference XI, Sydney, Australia (July 9-12, 2013)
  1. Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Comtois, G., & Nicole, L. (2013). Third wave strategies for emotion regulation in early psychosis: A pilot study. ACBS World Conference XI, Sydney, Australia (July 9-12, 2013).
  1. Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Fortin, G., Masse, M., Therien, P., Bouchard, V., Chapleau, M-A. (2011). "Mindfulness as a clinical intervention: a Meta-analysis". Presented at the annual meeting of the “Society for Research in Psychology”, Boston, USA, September, 22, 2011.
  1. Lecomte, T., Khoury, B., Benoit, A., Leclerc, C. (2011). "Using ACT and Mindfulness in group therapy for individuals with early psychosis -adaptations and successes". Oral presentation at the ACBS World Conference, Parma, Italy, July, 13-15 2011.
  1. Khoury, B., Lecomte, T. (2010). Méditation de pleine conscience comme intervention clinique: Une méta-analyse. Presented at the ACFAS, Université de Montréal.
  1. Khoury, B., Lecomte, T. (2009). Development and validation of a group therapy for young individuals with early psychosis using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation. Presented at the “Mind and Life Summer Research Institute”, Garisson, NY, June, 7 to 13, 2009
  1. Lecomte, T., Leclerc, C., Corbière, M., Wykes, T., Wallace, C., Spidel, A., Khoury, B. (2008). Group cognitive behavior therapy or social skills training for individuals with a recent onset of psychosis? Results of a randomized controlled trial. Presented at the international meeting of cognitive-behavioral therapy for psychosis– Montreal, May, 2008.
  1. Khoury, B. (2008). Acceptance, mindfulness and psychosis. Accepted for the “Mind and life Research Summer Institute” - NY.
  1. Khoury, B. (2005). Is Frontal Lobe Inhibition a Predictor of Hypnotizability? Presented at the “Second Annual Concordia University Undergraduate Research Day”.