Eve-Marie Quintin

Title: 
Dr.
Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Faculty Member, Center for Research on Brain, Music, and Language

Faculty Member, Transforming Autism Care Consortium

Director, Behaviour Autism and Neurodevelopment (BAND) Research Group

Contact Information
Email address: 
eve-marie.quintin [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Biography: 

Dr. Quintin's research aims to identify cognitive, social and neural correlates of the musical profile of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and to quantify the effects of music education on their cognitive, social, and brain functioning and development. She also investigates typical development and other neurodevelopmental disorders including fragile X syndrome with a combination of cognitive-behavioural and neuroimaging methods and cross-sectional and longitudinal research designs. The overarching goal of her work is to improve education programs, community and family services, and mental health care for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and potentially alter cognitive and social development.

Dr. Quintin conducted her doctoral research at Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University and her postdoctoral research at Stanford University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is child and adolescent neuropsychologist with a specialization in psychiatry (clinical license: Ordre des Psychologues du Québec). 

Degree(s): 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychiatry, Stanford University

Ph.D., Neuropsychology, Université du Québec à Montréal

B.Sc., Psychology, McGill University 

Area of expertise: 
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders and fragile X syndrome
  • Cognitive, social, and emotional development
  • Life-span development
  • Music perception and cognition
  • Brain development (neuroimaging)
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

William Dawson Scholar Award, McGill University 

Fonds de Recherche Québec Research Scholar, Junior 1

Selected publications: 

Music and autism:

Quintin, E. M., Lense, M., & Tramo, M. (2018). Amusias and Other Disorders Affecting Musicality. In P. J. Rentfrow & D. J. Levitin (Eds.), Foundations in Music Psychology: Theory and Research. (pp. 305-355). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Dahary, H., Palma Fernandes, T., & Quintin, E. M. (2018). Musical appreciation: The impact of musical expertise on musical empathizing and systemizing traits. Musicae Scientiae. EPub, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/1029864918779636

Quintin, E.M. Bhatara, A.K., Poissant, H., Fombonne, E., & Levitin, D. J. (2013). Processing of musical structure in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Child Neuropsychology, 19 (3), 250-275. Epub, 1-28. doi:10.1080/09297049.2011.653540

Bhatara, A. K.*, Quintin, E. M.* (equal contribution*), Fombonne, E., & Levitin, D. J. (2013). Early sensitivity to sound 
and musical preferences and enjoyment in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 23(2), 100-108. doi:10.1037/a0033754

Quintin, E. M., Bhatara, A. K., Poissant, H., Fombonne, E., & Levitin, D. J. (2011). Emotion perception in music in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 9 (41), 1240-1255. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-1146-0

Fragile X syndrome:

Chromik, L. C.*, Quintin, E. M.* (equal contribution*), Lepage, J. F., Hustyi, K. M., Lightbody, A. A., & Reiss, A. L. (2019). The influence of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and attention problems on social functioning in adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Attention Disorders, 23(2), 181–188. doi:10.1177/1087054715571739

Quintin, E. M., Booil, J., Hall, S. S., Bruno, J. L., Chromik, L. C., Raman, M. M., Lightbody, A. A., Martin, A., & Reiss, A. L. (2016). The cognitive developmental profile associated with Fragile X syndrome: A longitudinal investigation of cognitive strengths and weaknesses through childhood and adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 28(4), 1457-69. doi:10.1017/S0954579415001200

Martin, A., Quintin, E. M., Hall, S. S., Reiss, A. L. (2016). The role of executive function in independent living skills in female adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,121(5), 448-60. doi:10.1352/1944-7558-121.5.448.

Bruno, J. L., Garrett, A., Quintin, E. M., Mazaika, P. K., & Reiss, A. L. (2014). Aberrant face and gaze habituation in fragile X syndrome. American Journal of Psychiatry, 171(10), 1099-106. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.13111464.

Creativity:

Saggar, M., Quintin, E. M., Kienitz, E., Bott, N. T., Sun, Z., Hong, W. C., Chien, Y. H., Liu, N., Dougherty, R. F., Royalty, A., Hawthorne, G., & Reiss, A. L (2017). Changes in brain activation associated with spontaneous improvisation and figural creativity after design thinking based training: A longitudinal fMRI study. Cerebral Cortex, 27(7), 3542-52. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhw171

Saggar, M., Quintin, E. M., Kienitz, E., Bott, N. T., Sun, Z., Hong, W. C., Chien, Y. H., Liu, Dougherty, R. F., Royalty, A., Hawthorne, G., & Reiss, A. L. (2015). Pictionary-based fMRI paradigm to study the neural correlates of spontaneous improvisation and figural creativity. Scientific Reports, 5, 10894, 1-11. doi:10.1038/srep10894.

Bott, N. T., Quintin, E.M., Saggar, M., Kienitz, E., N.T., Royalty, A., Hong, W. C., Liu, N., Chien, Y. H., Hawthorne, G., & Reiss, A. L. (2014). Creativity training enhances goal-directed attention and information processing. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 13, 120-8. doi:10.1016/j.tsc.2014.03.005

Selected talks and presentations: 

Philibert-Lignières, G., Tillmann, B., Bertone, A., & Quintin, E. M. (March 2019). The developmental trajectory of musical working memory in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, CA, USA.

Rimmer, C., Dahary, H., & Quintin, E. M. (July 2018). Exploring the relationship between rhythm perception, autism spectrum disorder symptomology, and cognitive functioning. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Montreal, QC, CAN.

Philibert-Lignieres, G., Tillmann, B., Bertone, A., & Quintin, E. M. (July 2018). The cognitive correlates of musical working memory in adolescents with ASD. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Montreal, QC, CAN.

Dahary, H., & Quintin, E. M. (June 2018). Investigating the processing of emotions in music and in faces by adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Canadian Psychological Association, International Congress of Applied Psychology. Montreal, QC, CAN.

Sivathasan, S., Philibert-Lignières, G., Quintin, E. M. (June 2018). Individual differences in personality, social responsiveness, and emotional responsivity to music. Canadian Psychological Association, International Congress of Applied Psychology. Montreal, QC, CAN.

Fernandes, T. P., Dahary, H., Sivathasan, S., & Quintin, E. M. (May 2018). Recognition of music-evoked emotions among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Examining the effect of musical excerpt duration and cognitive skills. International Society for Autism Research. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Quintin, E. M., Sivathasan, S., & Dahary, H. (May 2018). Examining how varying levels of verbal and visual-spatial skills relate to emotional and cognitive aspects of music perception. International Society for Autism Research. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Sivathasan, S., Dahary, H., Philibert-Lignieres, G., Fernandes, T.P., & Quintin, E. M. (November 2017). Emotional and cognitive processing of music by adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Brain-Child Partners Conference. Toronto, ON, CAN.

Dahary, H., Fernandes, T. P., Dietz, L., & Quintin, E. M. (June 2017). The link between musical empathizing and systemizing traits and types of musical training. Neurosciences and Music. Boston, MA, USA.

Philibert-Lignières, G., Sivathasan, S., Poulton, V., & Quintin, E. M. (June 2017). Self-perceived singing abilities and social traits of autism spectrum disorder in the general population. Neurosciences and Music. Boston, MA, USA.

Fernandes, T. P., Dahary, H., & Quintin, E. M. (June 2017). The relationship between personality and empathizing-systemizing and autism traits in the general population. Canadian Psychological Association. Toronto, ON, CAN.

Quintin, E. M., Donahue, J., & Metcalf, S. (July 2016). Autism symptomatology in the general population and processing of musical emotion and structure. International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition. San Francisco, CA, USA.