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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Garland SN, Tulk J, Savard J, Rash JA, Browne S, Urquhart R, Seal M, Thoms J, Laing K

Randomized Controlled Trial of Virtually Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia to Address Perceived Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment in Cancer Survivors

Journal Article

J Clin Oncol, 2024.

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Robitaille K, Guertin MH, Jamshidi A, Xu HW, Hovington H, Pelletier JF, Beaudoin L, Gevariya N, Lacombe L, Tiguert R, Caumartin Y, Dujardin T, Toren P, Lodde M, Racine É, Trudel D, Perigny M, Duchesne T, Savard J, Julien P, Fradet Y, Fradet V

A phase IIb randomized placebo-controlled trial testing the effect of MAG-EPA long-chain omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplement on prostate cancer proliferation

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Commun Med (Lond), 4 (1), 2024.

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Savard J, Filion C, Brearty CM, Caplette-Gingras A, Chiquette J, Dorval M

Fear of cancer recurrence in breast cancer survivors carrying a BRCA1/2 mutation: A qualitative study

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Cancer Med, 13 (1), 2024.

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Mc Brearty C, Bisaillon L, Dorval M, Nabi H, Desbiens C, Lemieux J, Théberge V, Baghdadli A, Lauzier S, Savard J

Disruptions in Cancer Care Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Fear of Cancer Recurrence in Women with Breast Cancer: A Mixed-Methods Study

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Curr Oncol, 31 (2), 2024.

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Savard J, Moussa H, Pelletier JF, Julien P, Lacombe L, Tiguert R, Caumartin Y, Dujardin T, Toren P, Pouliot F, Lodde M, Fradet Y, Robitaille K, Fradet V

Effects of omega-3 supplementation on psychological symptoms in men with prostate cancer: Secondary analysis of a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial

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Cancer Med, 12 (19), 2023.

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Moussa H, Robitaille K, Pelletier JF, Tourigny R, Fradet Y, Lacombe L, Toren P, Lodde M, Tiguert R, Dujardin T, Caumartin Y, Duchesne T, Julien P, Savard J, Diorio C, Fradet V

Effects of Concentrated Long-Chain Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Supplementation on Quality of Life after Radical Prostatectomy: A Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial (RCT-EPA)

Journal Article

Nutrients, 15 (6), 2023.

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Lamontagne G, Belleville G, Beaulieu-Bonneau S, Souesme G, Savard J, Sirois MJ, Giguère M, Tessier D, Le Sage N, Ouellet MC

Anxiety symptoms and disorders in the first year after sustaining mild traumatic brain injury

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Rehabil Psychol, 67 (1), 2022.

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Morin CM, Vézina-Im LA, Ivers H, Micoulaud-Franchi JA, Philip P, Lamy M, Savard J

Prevalent, incident, and persistent insomnia in a population-based cohort tested before (2018) and during the first-wave of COVID-19 pandemic (2020)

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Sleep, 45 (1), 2022.

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Perrault AA, Pomares FB, Smith D, Cross NE, Gong K, Maltezos A, McCarthy M, Madigan E, Tarelli L, McGrath JJ, Savard J, Schwartz S, Gouin JP, Dang-Vu TT

Effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia on subjective and objective measures of sleep and cognition

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Sleep Med, 97 , 2022.

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Savard J, Filion C, Gagnon MP, Caplette-Gingras A, Bélanger L, Morin CM

Barriers and facilitators to implementing a stepped care cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in cancer patients: a qualitative study

Journal Article

Support Care Cancer, 30 (8), 2022.

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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
  • Assurer un accès équitable aux interventions fondées sur les données probantes pour les troubles anxieux et dépressifs grâce aux autosoins guidés adaptés: Acceptabilité, adoption, efficience et efficacité de l'implantation., from 2023-07-01 to 2026-06-30
  • Elucidating patient and healthcare practitioner decision-making about chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy-related, from 2023-04-01 to 2027-03-31
  • Étude des enjeux d’implantation du Programme québécois pour les troubles mentaux dans les groupes de médecine de famille, from 2023-02-08 to 2025-03-31
  • Fonds en psychologie du cancer, from 2023-10-01 to 2025-07-14
  • Télé-NEUROS (Nouvel Environnement Universitaire de Recherche Orchestrée en Santé mentale et cognitive: une télé initiative), from 2020-10-20 to 2026-03-31
  • The role of chronic stress reactivity in the persistence of insomnia over time, from 2019-04-01 to 2025-03-31
  • What are my options? A feasibility study of a personalized primary prevention strategy for women and men at high risk of breast and prostate cancer, from 2022-01-15 to 2025-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • 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
  • Étude servant à comprendre la manifestation de la peur de la récidive chez les femmes ayant été traitées pour un cancer du sein , from 2021-09-08 to 2022-09-07
  • Exploring the impact for COVID-19 pandemic on women with breast cancer in Quebec, from 2021-12-01 to 2023-09-30
  • Implementation of a Stepped Care Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia in Routine Cancer Care, from 2018-04-01 to 2023-03-31
  • Perfectionism and psychosocial adjustment to cancer : A mixed methods study, from 2020-03-31 to 2024-03-31
  • Prix Banque Nationale - Innovation et soutien à la communauté, from 2022-03-07 to 2023-03-31
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