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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Savard J, Villa J, Ivers H, Simard S, Morin CM

Prevalence, natural course, and risk factors of insomnia comorbid with cancer over a 2-month period

Journal Article

J Clin Oncol, 27 (31), 2009.

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Quesnel C, Savard J, Ivers H

Cognitive impairments associated with breast cancer treatments: results from a longitudinal study

Journal Article

Breast Cancer Res Treat, 116 (1), 2009.

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Morin CM, Bélanger L, LeBlanc M, Ivers H, Savard J, Espie CA, Mérette C, Baillargeon L, Grégoire JP

The natural history of insomnia: a population-based 3-year longitudinal study

Journal Article

Arch Intern Med, 169 (5), 2009.

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Caplette-Gingras A, Savard J

Depression in women with metastatic breast cancer: a review of the literature

Journal Article

Palliat Support Care, 6 (4), 2008.

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Fillion L, Gagnon P, Leblond F, Gelinas C, Savard J, Dupuis R, Duval K, Larochelle M

A brief intervention for fatigue management in breast cancer survivors

Journal Article

Cancer Nurs, 31 (2), 2008.

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LeBlanc M, Beaulieu-Bonneau S, Merette C, Savard J, Ivers H, Morin CM

Psychological and health-related quality of life factors associated with insomnia in a population-based sample

Journal Article

J Psychosom Res, 63 (2), 2007.

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Savard J, Simard S, Morin CM

Insomnia

Book Chapter

Nickcevic AV, Kuczmierczyk AR, Bruch M (Ed.): Formulation and treatment in clinical health psychology, pp. 61-85, London, Routledge, 2006, ISBN: 9781583912843.

Savard J, Simard S, Giguere I, Ivers H, Morin CM, Maunsell E, Gagnon P, Robert J, Marceau D

Randomized clinical trial on cognitive therapy for depression in women with metastatic breast cancer: psychological and immunological effects

Journal Article

Palliat Support Care, 4 (3), 2006.

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Belanger L, Savard J, Morin CM

Clinical management of insomnia using cognitive therapy

Journal Article

Behav Sleep Med, 4 (3), 2006.

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Fillion L, de Serres M, Lapointe-Goupil R, Bairati I, Gagnon P, Deschamps M, Savard J, Meyer F, Belanger L, Demers G

Implementing the role of patient-navigator nurse at a university hospital centre

Journal Article

Can Oncol Nurs J, 16 (1), 2006.

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  • 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
  • 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

  • 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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