Dr. Savard is a regular researcher at CHU de Québec-Laval University Research Center, professor of psychology at Laval University, and researcher at the Laval University Cancer Research Center. She is member of the Équipe de recherche Michel-Sarrazin en oncologie psychosociale et soins palliatifs (ERMOS). She is also the co-chair of the Symptom Management and Optimization of Quality of Life axis of the Réseau de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie funded by the FRQS (2017-2021). She completed her Ph.D. in psychology at Laval University, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia).

Dr. Savard’s research focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of psychological interventions to help cancer patients to better cope with their illness. More specifically, her studies are centered on sleep disorders, depression, and fear of cancer recurrence, as well as on the efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy. She is also interested in the relationships between cancer-related psychological factors and some biological indicators such as immune functioning and infectious risk.

In 2010, she published Faire face au cancer avec la pensée réaliste (Flammarion Québec), a self-help book to provide cancer patients and their caregivers with effective strategies to cope with cancer. In 2016, Dr. Savard received the Award for Excellence in Research Mentoring from Laval University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, and she was elected fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2015. In 2014, she was awarded the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Award for Education Excellence.

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Ji X, Ivers H, Savard J, LeBlanc M, Morin CM

Residual symptoms after natural remission of insomnia: associations with relapse over 4 years.

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Sleep, 42 (8), 2019, ISSN: 0161-8105.

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Desautels C, Savard J, Ivers H

Moderators of Cognitive Therapy and Bright Light Therapy Effects on Depressive Symptoms in Patients with Breast Cancer.

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Int J Behav Med, 26 (4), pp. 380-390, 2019, ISSN: 1070-5503.

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Guimond AJ, Ivers H, Savard J

Clusters of Psychological Symptoms in Breast Cancer: Is There a Common Psychological Mechanism?

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Cancer Nurs, 2019, ISSN: 0162-220X.

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Savard J, Ivers H

Screening for clinical insomnia in cancer patients with the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-Revised: a specific sleep item is needed.

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Support Care Cancer, 2019, ISSN: 0941-4355.

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Guimond AJ, Ivers H, Savard J

Is emotion regulation associated with cancer-related psychological symptoms?

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Psychol Health, 34 (1), pp. 44-63, 2019, ISSN: 0887-0446.

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Mercier J, Ivers H, Savard J

A non-inferiority randomized controlled trial comparing a home-based aerobic exercise program to a self-administered cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in cancer patients.

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Sleep, 41 (10), 2018, ISSN: 0161-8105.

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Ouellet MC, Beaulieu-Bonneau S, Sirois MJ, Savard J, Turgeon AF, Moore L, Swaine B, Roy J, Giguere M, Laviolette V

Depression in the First Year after Traumatic Brain Injury.

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J Neurotrauma, 35 (14), pp. 1620-1629, 2018, ISSN: 0897-7151.

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Bernatchez MS, Savard J, Aubin M, Ivers H

Correlates of disrupted sleep-wake variables in patients with advanced cancer.

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BMJ Support Palliat Care, 2018, ISSN: 2045-435X.

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Savard J, Savard MH, Ivers H

Moderators of Treatment Effects of a Video-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Comorbid With Cancer.

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Behav Sleep Med, 16 (3), pp. 294-309, 2018, ISSN: 1540-2002.

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Guertin MH, Robitaille K, Pelletier JF, Duchesne T, Julien P, Savard J, Bairati I, Fradet V

Effects of concentrated long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation before radical prostatectomy on prostate cancer proliferation, inflammation, and quality of life: study protocol for a phase IIb, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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BMC Cancer, 18 (1), pp. 64, 2018.

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Active projects

  • Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-05-01 to 2023-04-30
  • Centres hospitaliers universitaires de Québec - Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Détresse et satisfactions face au processus informationnel et décisionnel lors d'un cancer de la prostate localisé, Subvention, Fondation de l'Université Laval, from 2017-02-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Dissémination d'un groupe de psychothérapie visant à réduire la peur de récidive du cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, Fonds de soutien à l'innovation sociale, from 2018-02-22 to 2020-03-31
  • Implementation of a Stepped Care Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia in Routine Cancer Care, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention Projet, from 2018-04-01 to 2023-03-31
  • Implementation of a stepped care cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia in routine cancer care, Subvention, L'Institut de recherche de la Société canadienne du cancer, Subventions de recherche sur l’amélioration de la qualité de vie, from 2018-02-01 to 2021-01-31
  • Innovations et transfert des connaissances en interventions psychosociales, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, Soutien aux équipes de recherche, from 2016-04-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Neurophysiological biomarkers of insomnia treatment response: towards personalized therapeutic approaches in chronic insomnia, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention Projet, from 2017-04-01 to 2022-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • (FRSQ 82601)Projet de plateforme de ressources communes minimal dataset, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Réseaux thématiques de recherche, from 2018-05-01 to 2019-03-31
  • (FRSQ 84706) Formation de psychothérapeutes pour psychothérapie sur la diminution de la peur de récidive, Subvention, Fondation du CHU de Québec, from 2017-12-01 to 2018-11-30
  • A Stepped Care Model for the Wider Dissemination of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia among Cancer Patients : Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2013-01-01 to 2019-03-31
  • Biological markers of altered emotional regulation in chronic insomnia and their relationship with treatment responses to cognitive behavioural therapy, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2015-07-01 to 2019-06-30
  • Impact of Internet Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Persons with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus : A Randomized Clinical Trial, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention Projet, from 2019-03-01 to 2019-03-31
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