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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Active projects

  • Age-related patterns in the experience of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention Projet, 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, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, Soutien aux équipes de recherche, from 2020-06-01 to 2024-05-31
  • Centre de recherche du 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
  • Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-05-01 to 2022-06-13
  • Development and initial validation of measures of cancer pain under- and overtreatment, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Réseaux thématiques de recherche, from 2020-04-01 to 2021-03-31
  • 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 2021-03-31
  • 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
  • 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
  • Perfectionism and psychosocial adjustment to cancer : A mixed methods study, Subvention, Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada, Programme Savoir: Subventions Savoir, from 2020-03-31 to 2024-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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