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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Roy V, Ruel S, Ivers H, Savard MH, Gouin JP, Caplette-Gingras A, Lemieux J, Couture F, Savard J

Stress-buffering effect of social support on immunity and infectious risk during chemotherapy for breast cancer.

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Brain Behav Immun Health, 10 , 2021.

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Savard J, Ivers H, Savard MH, Morin CM, Caplette-Gingras A, Bouchard S, Lacroix G

Efficacy of a stepped care approach to deliver cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in cancer patients: A non-inferiority randomized controlled trial.

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Sleep, 2021.

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Garland SN, Savard J, Eisel SL, Wassersug RJ, Rockwood NJ, Thoms J, Jim HSL, Gonzalez BD

A 2-year prospective analysis of insomnia as a mediator of the relationship between androgen deprivation therapy and perceived cognitive function in men with prostate cancer.

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Cancer, 2021.

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Massicotte V, Ivers H, Savard J

COVID-19 Pandemic Stressors and Psychological Symptoms in Breast Cancer Patients.

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Curr Oncol, 28 (1), 2021.

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Marion LP, Ivers H, Savard J

Feasibility of a Preventive Intervention for Insomnia in Women with Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy.

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Behav Sleep Med, 19 (1), 2021.

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Garland SN, Savard J, Dalton K, Walsh NA, Seal M, Rash J, Browne S, Urquhart R, Thoms J, Gadag V, Laing K

Rationale and protocol for a randomized waitlist controlled trial of videoconference delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) to improve perceived cognitive impairment (PCI) among cancer survivors.

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Contemp Clin Trials, 103 , 2021.

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Savard J, Ivers H, Morin CM, Lacroix G

Video cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in cancer patients: A cost-effective alternative.

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Psychooncology, 30 (1), 2021.

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Charles C, Fasse L, Journiac J, Pallubicki G, Lamore K, Ninot G, Guerdoux-Ninot E, Gouy S, Albiges L, Delaloge S, Malka D, Planchard D, Savard J, Dauchy S, Boinon D

Feasibility of a video-based cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in French adult cancer outpatients: results from the Sleep-4-All-1 study.

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Support Care Cancer, 29 (10), 2021.

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Jobin-Théberge A, Massicotte V, Banville C, Savard J

How did women with breast cancer experience the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic? A qualitative study.

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Support Care Cancer, 29 (10), 2021.

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Gonzalez BD, Eisel SL, Qin B, Llanos AAM, Savard J, Hoogland AI, Jim H, Lin Y, Demissie K, Hong CC, Bandera EV

Prevalence, risk factors, and trajectories of sleep disturbance in a cohort of African-American breast cancer survivors.

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Support Care Cancer, 29 (5), 2021.

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Active projects

  • Age-related patterns in the experience of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, from 2019-10-01 to 2024-09-30
  • Approches innovantes pour améliorer la prise en charge des troubles de santé mentale: Efficacité, efficience et implantation de différents modèles de soins, from 2020-06-01 to 2024-05-31
  • Centre d'études et d'interventions en santé mentale, from 2021-07-01 to 2027-04-30
  • Implementation of a Stepped Care Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia in Routine Cancer Care, from 2018-04-01 to 2023-03-31
  • Neurophysiological biomarkers of insomnia treatment response: towards personalized therapeutic approaches in chronic insomnia, from 2017-04-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Perfectionism and psychosocial adjustment to cancer : A mixed methods study, from 2020-03-31 to 2024-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Détresse et satisfactions face au processus informationnel et décisionnel lors d'un cancer de la prostate localisé, from 2017-02-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Development and initial validation of measures of cancer pain under- and overtreatment, from 2020-04-01 to 2021-03-31
  • Dissémination d'un groupe de psychothérapie visant à réduire la peur de récidive du cancer, from 2018-02-22 to 2021-03-31
  • Implementation of a stepped care cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia in routine cancer care, from 2018-02-01 to 2021-01-31
  • Innovations et transfert des connaissances en interventions psychosociales, from 2016-04-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Télé-NEUROS (Nouvel Environnement Universitaire de Recherche Orchestrée en Santé mentale et cognitive: une télé initiative), from 2020-10-20 to 2021-03-31
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