Stéphane Dandeneau, PhD
Stéphane is currently a professor in the Social Psychology department at UQAM. Before becoming a professor, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital, and Research Project Manager at MindHabits Inc. His PhD thesis focused on how modifying attentional patterns can have beneficial psychological, behavioural, and physiological outcomes. In 2007, Dr. Dandeneau and colleagues published an influential article on this research in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which received significant media and academic attention due to its novel approach.
Along with conducting research in social cognitive psychology, Dr. Dandeneau has worked in the field of ethno-cultural psychology. With the financial help of the Fondation Baxter et Alma Ricard, Dr. Dandeneau collaborated with Maori researchers from Waikato University, New Zealand, and carried out a 2-month research project with the Waikato Tainui Tribal Council. He also worked in the Philippines with Tebtebba – one of the world's most influential indigenous rights NGOs – as an intern on the United Nations Indigenous Indicators of Wellbeing project. With this project, Dr. Dandeneau attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Meeting (May 2006) as an intern to John Scott (UN Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD), the Asian Regional Experts Meeting on Indigenous Indicators of Wellbeing in Manila, Philippines (August 2006), and the International Experts Seminar on Indicators Relevant for Indigenous Peoples, the CBD and the Millennium Development Goals in Banaue, Philippines (March 2006). Dr. Dandeneau also worked for the Roots of Resilience project as a research coordinator and analyst.
Jodene Baccus, PhD
Jodene's dissertation work focused on increasing implicit self-esteem through classical conditioning. The Wham! Self-Esteem Conditioning Game was developed and validated through her research. Jodene has also co-authored chapters on role-relationship models and motivated self-esteem. During her PhD, she received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). During the 2003-2004 academic year Jodene served as the Vice President, Academic of the Post-Graduate Students' Society at McGill University.