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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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.

Journal Article

J Neurotrauma, 2018, ISSN: 0897-7151.

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Champagne A, Ivers H, Savard J

Utilization of health care services in cancer patients with elevated fear of cancer recurrence.

Journal Article

Psychooncology, 2018, ISSN: 1057-9249.

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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.

Journal Article

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

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Gilbert E, Savard J, Gagnon P, Savard MH, Ivers H, Foldes-Busque G

To be or not to be positive: Development of a tool to assess the relationship of negative, positive, and realistic thinking with psychological distress in breast cancer.

Journal Article

J Health Psychol, 23 (5), pp. 731-742, 2018, ISSN: 1359-1053.

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Johnson JA, Garland SN, Carlson LE, Savard J, Simpson JSA, Ancoli-Israel S, Campbell TS

Bright light therapy improves cancer-related fatigue in cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial.

Journal Article

J Cancer Surviv, 12 (2), pp. 206-215, 2018, ISSN: 1932-2259.

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Active projects

  • (FRQS 70782) 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
  • Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-05-01 to 2023-04-30
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • 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

Recently finished projects

  • 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 2017-03-31
  • Creating meaning following advanced cancer : A cognitive - existential telephone intervention to improve existential and global quality of life, Subvention, L'Institut de recherche de la Société canadienne du cancer, Subventions de recherche sur l’amélioration de la qualité de vie, from 2014-02-01 to 2017-01-31
  • Depression 2 to 4 years after traumatic brain injury: a longitudinal study of psychosocial predictors, impacts, and barriers to access mental health resources., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2013-01-01 to 2018-03-31
  • 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 2018-03-31
  • Étude préliminaire sur la validation du questionnaire de Pensées et anticipations liées au cancer (PAC) et sa capacité à prédire la détresse psychologique, Subvention, Fondation de l'Université Laval, from 2016-02-01 to 2017-03-31
  • La relation entre l'insomnie, le fonctionnement immunitaire et l'occurence d'infections chez des patientes atteintes d'un cancer de l'ovaire, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2011-10-01 to 2016-09-30
  • Natural history and treatment of insomnia, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2011-10-01 to 2016-09-30
  • Phase II double-blind randomised controlled trial of concentrated omega-3 (mainly EPA) before prostatectomy evaluating the effects on prostate cancer proliferation, inflammation and quality of life., Subvention, L'Institut de recherche de la Société canadienne du cancer, Subventions pour l'innovation, from 2014-02-01 to 2018-01-31
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