Our research team aims to enhance the quality of psychological interventions and professional services through research that examines how psychological science can inform and be informed by professional psychology.

Best practices in mental health

Best practices in mental health (PI: Dr. Drapeau)

Professional practice should be informed by science. Because clinicians have little time to devote to reading and analyzing research, different mechanisms need to be put in place in order to facilitate the translation and dissemination of research to practitioners. One such mechanism is practice guidelines. Regulatory bodies in Quebec (e.g., the Order of psychologists of Quebec) produce such guidelines, presumably in order to improve the clinical work of clinicians by educating them about best practices. This project aims to determine if the guidelines produced by regulatory bodies are developed according to best practices in guideline development.

Improved Access To Clinical Practice Guidelines In Canadian Psychology (Drs. Drapeau & Körner)

The issue of guidelines is central to clinical practice, as guidelines are designed to educate psychologists and to improve service delivery. While clinical practice guidelines have become common and widely used in medicine, their use remains marginal in psychology. The guidelines that are available to psychologists are not disseminated in an optimal manner and the quality of these guidelines often remains unknown. Hence, psychologists are left to identify, retrieve, and assess guidelines on their own. An online platform could allow psychologists to access guidelines and additional practice-relevant information more effectively. This research program explores the need for psychologists to develop their own online resource for practice guidelines. More specifically, we examine: what the needs of psychologists are regarding guidelines; what information about available guidelines they consider important for clinical practice; what mechanisms could be put into place to implement and to sustain an online resource for psychologists; and what types of collaborations are needed to ensure that such a resource remains viable. The goal of this research is to set the foundations for a national network of collaborators with an interest in practice guidelines, more specifically in making guidelines and relevant information about evidence-based practice available to psychologists.

Access to psychotherapy

Access to psychotherapy in the public system (PI: Dr. Drapeau)

This study is directed by Prof. H. Vasiliadis from the University of Sherbrooke, in collaboration with Professors A. Lesage from the University of Montreal and M. Drapeau from the MPPRG. This CIHR funded project aims to evaluate the different aspects of public funded psychotherapy that will serve as the basis and context for a second study that will evaluate, in real practice, the effectiveness and costs associated with making psychotherapy accessible to all. The project builds on a team approach and on the expertise of key clinical decision makers and researchers in Australia and the UK who participated in the implementation of guidelines that cover psychological treatment in their respective Medicare systems.

Polarization, radicalization and censorship in universities

Polarization, radicalization and censorship in universities (PIs: Dr. Drapeau, Dr. Körner, et al.)

There is an increasing polarization and radicalization in many North American and European universities. Sadly, this radicalization has hijacked the discourse about equity and diversity, and has led to censorship, deplatforming, and to the cancelling of individuals. Both students and academics report that this censorship negatively impacts the quality of the training that students receive and the quality of the research that is conducted in universities. This project involves conducting a series of surveys into censorship in Canadian universities and so-called radical woke culture, and how it affects the quality of the training students receive. It also aims to examine what constructs are related to openness to others, openness to experience, intellectual curiosity, and to being open to viewpoint diversity. Ultimately, this research aims to design programs to improve and sustain viewpoint diversity and to promote open discussion in universities.

Psychotherapy process

Process and Outcome in the Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Major Depression (PI: Dr. Drapeau)

The first aim of these studies was to examine the convergent, discriminant and predictive validity of two newly-developed observer-rated methods we have developed to assess cognitive errors and coping patterns. With these projects, we also seek to examine the processes involved in the treatment of depression using cognitive and behavioural therapies. We aim to determine how therapists use -or should use different therapeutic techniques, tailoring them as needed to each individual patient-, and the effect of this on the success of treatment. These studies are some of the first in-session process studies of cognitive and behaviour therapies (CBT) aiming specifically at documenting and developing new and empirically based intervention guidelines in order to maximize treatment efficacy. Furthermore, these studies will examine other key variables in therapy, including process measures such has the alliance, patient variables such as relationship patterns, and therapist variables such as authoritarian traits.

Psychosocial interventions for individuals with chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses

Secondary Prevention of Melanoma via Skin Self-Examination (PI: Dr. Körner)

Melanoma is the deadliest and fastest growing tumour of the skin, which disproportionately affects younger and middle-aged adults.  It is now the 7th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada. Melanomas are recognizable and highly curable in early stages, making early detection the most effective measure to reduce mortality. Skin self-examination has been shown to result in earlier diagnosis and reduced mortality risk, but has been underutilized by those at high-risk. The main objective of the current project is to investigate the psychosocial barriers and facilitators (e.g., distress, coping strategies, partner support, physician support) of skin self-examination using on a rigorous and clinically sound methodology. The identification of short and long-term predictors of skin self-examination and an increased understanding of barriers will allow health care professionals to better address patient difficulties in adhering to this life-saving health behaviour. Furthermore, findings will enable the development and evaluation of evidence-based, comprehensive intervention strategies.

Self-help Intervention for Coping with Cancer (PI: Dr. Körner)

In response to rapidly growing health care costs, it is increasingly being recommended that minimal interventions for the treatment of mental and physical conditions be offered before more intensive treatment options are pursued. Patient education and bibliotherapy are low-cost interventions frequently employed as a minimal intervention. Yet, research on the effectiveness of low-intensity interventions such as bibliotherapy is extremely rare in psychosocial oncology. This study uses a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the efficacy of the self-help format of a psychoeducational, cognitive-behavioural coping skills program ( Identifier: NCT01718574) to enhance self-regulation and wellbeing in cancer patients.

Development and validation of psychological measures

The Couples Coping Project (Co-PIs: Dr. Körner & Danielle Brosseau, PhD Cand.)

When involved in a committed intimate relationship, the diagnosis and treatment of cancer has an effect on both the patient and their partner. Dyadic efficacy is a term that captures the process through which couples work together as a unit to cope with a stressful event. To our knowledge, there is no known measure of dyadic efficacy that allows for a greater understanding of how couples work together as a team to cope with cancer. Building on research completed among other health populations, the current study involves designing a tool to measure the extent to which dyadic efficacy is experienced among cancer patients and their intimate partners.

Self-compassion and well-being

Self-compassion and well-being (PI: Dr. Körner)

While not universally endorsed, the most widely used definition of self-compassion is Dr. Kristin Neff’s conceptualization of the construct as encompassing three bipolar dimensions: a) the presence of self-kindness in contrast to self-judgment; b) a sense of common humanity referring to the recognition that failure and hardship are shared human experiences as opposed to a sense of isolation; and c) mindfulness rather than over-identification with negative thoughts and emotions (Neff, 2003). Self-compassion, typically operationalized as the total score of the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS; Neff, 2003b), has been shown to be related to increased psychological well-being and lower depression in students of the social sciences, users of psychology websites and psychotherapy patients. Our research team is working toward reliable and valid ways of assessing self-compassion, and examining the link between self-compassion and depressive symptomatology. We are also interested in self-compassion as a psychological characteristic that fosters resilience when facing interpersonal, mental, or physical challenges.

Below are examples of projects the SAPP team is involved in:

Prévenir les troubles anxieux des élèves du préscolaire au secondaire par l’adaptation, l’évaluation et la mise à l’échelle du programme HORS-PISTE

$1 300 000 Lane, J., Therriault, D., Gosselin, P., Roberge, P., Berrigan, F., Bélisle, M., Thibault, I., Morin, P., Tougas, A.-M., Dufour, M., Dionne, P., Côté, I., Guay-Dufour, F., Lagueux, F., Tremblay, É., Beauregard, N., Ziam, S., Maillet, L., Camden, C., Généreux, M., Pinsonneault, L., Roy, M., Smith, J., Viscogliosi, C., Drapeau, M., Lessard, A., Houle, A.-A., G. Dupuis, A., Laurent, A., Jasmin, E., Malboeuf-Hurtubise, C., Montreuil, T.

Heterodoxy in Canada

US$29 900

Drapeau, M., Korner, A., Whitley, R., Veissières, S., Soderstrom, M.  Sellwood, A., & Colon, R.

Accompagnement scientifique et évaluation de l’implantation et des retombées de la structure de soutien et d’encadrement cliniques du CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS : vers une implantation dans d’autres CI(U)SSS

$49 997 Lane, J., St-Onge, P., Fontaine, A., Bouchard, G., Gaudreau, S., Daigneault, G., Boisvert, N., Girard, A., McSween, E., Ziam, S., Bossé, PL., Viscogliosi, C., Drapeau, M., Roy, F. 

Analyse des méthodologies utilisées pour réaliser des recensions et avis rapides dans le cadre de la COVID-19 par des Instituts de recherche en santé́ et des Unités d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé et en services sociaux (UETMISSS) québécois

$19 050 Lane, J., Drapeau, M., Loiselle, C. G.; Collaborators: Howell, D., Coroiu, A., Bouchard, C

Prévenir les troubles anxieux des élèves du secondaire : évaluation de l’implantation et des effets du Programme HORS-PISTE (anciennement HARDIS) pour une mise à l’échelle dans l’ensemble du Québec

$220 000 Lane, J., Pauzé, R., Gosselin, P., Roberge, P., Therriault, D., Berrigan, F., Bélisle, M., Thibault, I., Morin, P., Tougas, A.-M., Dufour, M., Nault-Brière, F., Dionne, P., Brabant, B., Côté, I., Guay-Dufour, F., Lagueux, F., Tremblay, É., Beauregard, N., Ziam, S., Maillet, L.,  Camden, C.,  Généreux, M., Pinsonneault, L., Roy, M., Smith, J., Viscogliosi, C.,  Drapeau, M., Lessard, A.

Analyse des méthodologies utilisées pour réaliser des recensions et avis rapides dans le cadre de la COVID-19 par des Instituts de recherche en santé et des Unités d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé et en services sociaux (UETMISSS) québécois

$20 000 Lane, J., Poirier, MH., Dagenais, C., Massuard, M., Ziam, S., Drapeau, M., Joel-Gervais, M., Marion, C., Beauchamp, S., Gagné, C., Latulippe, R., rolx, R., Fleury, F., & Jean, E. 

Prévenir les troubles anxieux des élèves du secondaire : évaluation de l’implantation et des effets du Programme HORS-PISTE pour une mise à l’échelle dans l’ensemble du Québec

$312 142

Lane, J., Beauregard, N., Belisle, M., Berrigan, F., Camden, C., Dionne, P., Dostert, JF., Drapeau, M., Généreux, M., Gosselin, P., Lagueux, F., Morin, P., Pauze, R., Pinsonneault, L., Roberge, P., Roy, M., Thibault, I., Smith, J. Tougas, AM., Tremblay, E.

Transdiagnostic internet cognitive-behavior therapy for mixed anxiety and depressive disorders in primary care: A dissemination and implementation study

$200 000 Roberge, P., Vasiliadis, MH , Beaulieu, MC., Drapeau, M., Chomienne, M.-H., Drapeau, M., Grenier, J., Haskelberg, H., Houle, J., Hudon, C., Labelle, R., Lesage, A., Lussier, M.-T., Provencher, M.D.

A pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a group self-management support workshop for anxiety disorders

$604 350 Roberge, P. , Houle, J., Bower, P., Camirand Lemyre, F., Coulombe, S., Drapeau, M., Drouin, M-S., Hudon, C., Grant, A., Guay, J.P.,  Provencher, M., Vasiliadis, H.M., Beaudoin, A., Cardinal, P. 

Prévenir les troubles anxieux chez les élèves du secondaire : évaluation de l’implantation et des effets du Programme HARDIS pour une mise à l’échelle dans l’ensemble du Québec

$312 142 Lane, J., Gosselin, P., Roberge, P., Berrigan, F., Dionne, P., Bélisle, M., Dufour, M., Tougas, A.M., Beauregard, N.,  Morin, P., Tremblay, E., Therriault, D., Dostert, F., Nault-Briere, F., Camden, C., Guay-Dufour, F., Roy, M., Généreux, M., Pinsonneault, L., Ziam, S., Pauzé, R., Maillet, L., Lagueux, F., Thibault, I., Smith, J., Brabant, B., Viscogliosi, C., Martel, G., Gautheir, P., Guindi, C., Drapeau, M. 

RENARD, une équipe de recherche sur le transfert des connaissances (Recherche sur les effets non académiques de la recherche et de leurs déterminants) (RENARD – Research on knowledge transfer)

$635 623 Dagenais, R., Bernier, S., Briand Lamarche, M., Brière, F., Coté, I., Dogba, M.J., Drapeau, M., Dutil, J., Gervais, M.J., Gagné, C., Guichard, A., Harnois, L., Lapostolle, L., Latulipe, R., Lysenko, L., Monthuy-Blanc, J., Ouimet, M., Pontbriand, I., Peroulx, R., Ramdé, J., Ridde, V., Souffez, K., Ziam, S.

Increasing the dissemination of best practices in psychology: Practice guidelines, practice-research networks, clinical tools, progress tracking, and evidence based practice

$91 522  Drapeau, M., Holmqvist, M., Wolfe, V., Mushquash, A., Mushquash, C., Körner, A., Pennestri, M.H., Gosselin, J., Dozois, D., Lavoie, K., Piotrowski, A., Tasca, G. 

SAFER - Systematic Approaches for Equality of Gender

640 215 Euros (c. $960 000 CAD)

Stalikas, A., Karakasidou, E., Lakioti, A., & Mertika, A.; Collaborator: Drapeau, M.

Le Centre international de criminologie comparée (CICC) (The International Center for Comparative Criminology)

$1 720 660 Morselli, C., & Admo, N. , Alain, M., Altimas, P., Bellot, C., Bertrand, M.A., Brunet, L., Carpentier, J., Casoni, D., Charbonneau, S., Cortoni, F., Côté, M., Cournoyer, L., Cusson, M., Dessureault, D., Drapeau, M., Dupont, B., Guay, J., Hamel, S., Jaccoud, M., Lafortune, D., Lefebvre, J., Leman-Langlois, S., McKibben, A., Miraglia, P., Morselli, C., Mulone, M., Ouimet, M., Plourde, C., Proulx, J., Tanner, S., Tardif, M., Terradas, M., Tremblay, P., Trépanier, J., Vacheret, M., Wemmers, J.

SUCCESS EU - Strategies to Utilise and Cultivate positive Characteristics & Employability Skills in Schools (Erasmus+ Programme, Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology, Athens)

242 377 Euros (c. $365 000 CAD)

Stalikas, A., Pezirkianidis, C., & Galanakis, M.; Collaborator: Drapeau, M.

An online resource for clinical psychologists

$5 000 Drapeau, M. 

Le développement de guides de pratique en sciences sociales: évaluation d’une méthodologie (The development of practice guidelines in social sciences : a new methodology)

$46 000 Drapeau, M., Beauchamp, S., Dionne, C., Nadeau, L., Lane, J., Brière, F., Dagenais, C.

Traitement, adaptation psychociale et récidive chez les agresseurs sexuels (Groupe de recherche sur les agresseurs sexuels – GRAS) (Treatment and recidivism in sexual offenders)

$300 565 Proulx, J., Cortoni, F., Drapeau, M., Guay, J.P., Tardif, M., Carpentier, J., Cusson, M., Joyal, C., Lafortune, D., Renaud, P., Tourigny, M.

Aid to scholarly journals -Canadian Psychology

$120 000 Drapeau, M., Votta-Bleeer, L, Cohen, K.,  et al. 

Practice guidelines in psychosocial sciences: are we performing as we should?

$103 238  Drapeau, M., Fitzpatrick, M., Larrivée, S., Beauchamp, S., Macintosh, H.

Arrimer théorie et pratique : bâtir ensemble avec rigueur et audace (Connecting theory and practice)

$6 000 Beauchamp, S., Dionne, C., Drapeau, M., Lane, J. 

Secondary prevention of melanoma through early detection via skin self-examination: A mixed-methods study of psychosocial barriers and facilitators of long-term adherence to medical advice.

$92 478

Körner, A., Drapeau, M., Thombs, B., Pluye, P., Batist, A., Rosberger, Z., Spatz, A.

Role of biased thinking in treatments based on the motive-oriented therapeutic relationship for borderline personality disorder: A process-outcome analysis.

114 040 CHF (c. $150 000 CAD) Kramer, U., Caspar, F.; Collaborator: Drapeau, M.

Aid to scholarly journals - Canadian Psychology

$87 900 Drapeau, M., Votta Bleeker, L., Cohen, K., et al. 

Assessing the system level costs and benefits of improving equity in access to psychological therapies for depression in the Canadian population

$141 332 Vasiliadis, MH., Drapeau, M., Latimer, E., Lesage, A.

A process study of therapist technique in cognitive behavioural therapy for major depression

$14 988 Drapeau, M. 

Le Centre International de Criminologie Comparée (CICC) (The International Center for Comparative Criminology)

$1 942 579 Dupont, B, Admo, N., Alain, M., Altimas, P., Bellot, C., Bertrand, M., Brunet, L., Carpentier, J., Casoni, D., Charbonneau, S., Cortoni, F., Côté, M., Cournoyer, L., Cusson, M., Dessureault, D., Drapeau, M., Dupont, B., Guay, J.P., Hamel, S., Jaccoud, M., Lafortune, D., Lefebvre, J., Leman-Langlois, S., McKibben, A., Miraglia, P., Morselli, C., Mulone, M., Ouimet, M., Plourde, C., Proulx, J.,  Tanner, S., Tardif, M., Terradas, M., Tremblay, P., Trépanier, J., Vacheret, M., Wemmers, J.A.

Réduction de la mortalité liée aux mélanomes chez les patients à risque: les facteurs facilitant et réduisant l'adhérence à un protocole d'auto-examen de la peau (Reduction of mortality for patients presenting a high risk for melanoma : a study of the factors improving or hindering adherence to a skin self-examination protocol)

$172 547 Körner, A., Batist, A., Drapeau, M., Rosberger, Z., Thombs, B. & Spatz, A.; Collaborators: Khanna, M., Wang. B., Groleau, D.

A primary mental healthcare services in Canada: cross-sectional view of existing services and system-level innovations to the delivery of primary mental healthcare

$25 000 Goldner, E., Mckee, I., Stettler, S., Wolfaardt, A., Jeffries, A., Jones, A., Fournier, L., Roberge, P., Drapeau, M., Vasiliadis, M.H., Houle, D., Darcy, A., Kates, S., Goering, F., Adair, A., Bland, B., Fischer, C., Kaczorowski, A., Bilsker, D., Rush, D., McKenzie, M., Mazowita, D., Slomp, A., Petermann, A., Born, G. 

Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC) Research Fund - Understanding psychological core issues and coping patterns in reaction to melanoma and skin self-examination: A mixed-methods approach

$25 896 Körner, A., Drapeau, M., Thombs, B., Rosberger, Z.

Coping in psychology: development of the first observer-rated scale for the assessment of coping (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC)-McGill)

$7 000 Drapeau, M., Fitzpatrick, M., Smith, N.

Assessing The Value of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the System Level: Providing Care for All (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)

$17 000 Vasiliadis, MH., Drapeau, M., Lesage, A.

Développement de lignes directrices pour l’évaluation des troubles des apprentissages (Development of clinical practice guidelines for the assessment of dyslexia)

$67 321 Drapeau, M. 
Guidelines for the practice of psychotherapy: a partnership between researchers, clinicians and regulatory bodies  $51 199  Drapeau, M., Dagenais, C., Fitzpatrick, M., Koerner, A., Provencher, M., Lussier, M.T. 
Psychothérapie et dépression: recherche sur les processus psychothérapiques et les façons d’améliorer les interventions cognitivo-comportementales (Psychotherapy and depression : psychotherapy processes and improvements to be made to cognitive behavioral interventions) $218 767  Drapeau, M.

Emotional intelligence: its relation to emotional regulation (Fund for Psychoanalytic Research)

US $10 000 Lecours, S., Descoteaux, J., Bouchard, M.A., Drapeau, M.

Psychotherapy Research in Canada: Building Bridges Between Science and Practice

$5 000 Drapeau, M., Fitzpatrick, M.

Cognitive errors in a non-ill community sample of women and a sample of patients suffering from major depression

$60 653 Drapeau, M., Perry, J.C., Koerner, A., Dunkley, D.

Testing an empirical model of alliance development: influence of the interest/exploration spiral

$90 140 Fitzpatrick, M., Drapeau, M., Dunkley, D. 

Cognitive errors in major depression

$15 000

Drapeau, M.

Revisiting technique in psychodynamic psychotherapy: a preliminary study of the relation between therapist techniques and patient functioning and outcome (International Psychoanalytic Research Fund)

$7 000 Drapeau, M., Perry, J.C., de Roten, Y., Koerner, A.

Creation of a multidisciplinary research facility and technical platform for the study of psychotherapy, counselling and interpersonal processes in mental health

$31 612 Drapeau, M. 

Efficacy and preliminary cost-effectiveness of 18-months of antidepressive medications plus either Cognitive-behavior Therapy or Dynamic Psychotherapy compared to medications plus Supportive Clinical Management for recurrent major depression: a pilot study

US$40 000 

Perry, JC., Banon, E., Lecours, S., Latimer, E., Annable, L., Westreich, R., Pierson, K., Dunkley, D. Collaborator: Drapeau, M.

Canadian Cyberpsychology and Anxiety Virtual Laboratory

$2 900 000 Bouchard, S., Antony, M., Bienenstock, J., Bleau, P., Borwein, J., Clark, D., Côté, G., Drapeau, M., Gosselin, P., Marchand, A., Swinson, R., Taylor, S., Topps, D., Van Ameringen, M., Walker, J., Guay, S., Katzman, M., Lepore, F., Mancini, C., Miller, L., Nielsen, T., O'Connor, K., Piercey, D.C., Renaud, P., Turgeon, L., Whittal, M., Woody, S.

Change in cognitive errors over the course of 15 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression (bridging funds)

$4 900 Blake, E., Drapeau, M., Dobson, K.

Creation of a multidisciplinary research facility and technical platform for the study of psychotherapy, counselling and interpersonal processes in mental health

$263 430  Drapeau, M.

Chercheur Boursier – 1 (Research Scholar)

$179 524  Drapeau, M. 

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

$104 448 Korner, A., Drapeau, M., Fitzpatrick, M.  

Fonds d’établissement de jeunes chercheurs

$45 000 (declined) Drapeau, M.

Technique in Psychoanalysis

$18 900  Drapeau, M., Baucom, D., Lecours, S., & Robertson, B.

The Cognitive Errors and Coping Action Patterns method

$4 998 Drapeau, M. 

Douglas Utting Fellowship for Research in Depression

$47 000 Drapeau, M. 

Subvention pour établissement de nouveaux professeurs chercheurs

$15 000  Drapeau, M. 

Les effets de la formation "Communication Skills Training": une étude pilote des mécanismes de défense des thérapeutes (The effects of training in communication skills on clinician defense mechanisms : a pilot study

$43 000 Despland, JN, Favre, N.; Collaborators: Drapeau, M., Stiefel, F.

L’établisssement de l’alliance thérapeutique dans quatre approches d’investigation clinique : une comparaison et étude des facteurs spécifiques et communs (Alliance building in four psychotherapeutic modalities : a study of common and specific factors)

$92 000  Drapeau, M. 

Therapy : yes or no ? A Plan Analysis study of pedophile sexual abusers’ motivations for treatment

$10 000  Drapeau, M. 


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