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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Hervouet S, Savard J, Simard S, Ivers H, Laverdiere J, Vigneault E, Fradet Y, Lacombe L

Psychological functioning associated with prostate cancer: cross-sectional comparison of patients treated with radiotherapy, brachytherapy, or surgery

Journal Article

J Pain Symptom Manage, 30 (5), 2005.

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Savard J, Simard S, Ivers H, Morin CM

Randomized study on the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia secondary to breast cancer, part II: Immunologic effects

Journal Article

J Clin Oncol, 23 (25), 2005.

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Savard J, Simard S, Ivers H, Morin CM

Randomized study on the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia secondary to breast cancer, part I: Sleep and psychological effects

Journal Article

J Clin Oncol, 23 (25), 2005.

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Fillion L, Gélinas C, Simard S, Savard J, Gagnon P

Validation evidence for the French Canadian adaptation of the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory as a measure of cancer-related fatigue

Journal Article

Cancer Nurs, 26 (2), 2003.

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Jacques S, Savard J, Ivers H, Laberge B, Gauthier JG, Bergeron MG, Toma E

Traduction et validation québécoise du Miller Behavioral Style Scale auprès de la population séropositive au VIH

Journal Article

27 (3), 1999.

Savard J, Laberge B, Gauthier JG, Fournier JP, Bouchard S, Baril JG, Bergeron MG

Combination of Fluoxetine and Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Major Depression Among People with HIV Infection: A Time-Series Analysis Investigation

Journal Article

Cognit Ther Res, 22 (1), 1998.

Savard J, Laberge B, Gauthier JG, Bergeron MG

Que connaît-t-on sur la prévalence, l'évaluation et le traitement de la dépression dans le contexte du VIH?

Journal Article

Revue québécoise de psychologie, 17 , 1996.

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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
  • 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
  • Télé-NEUROS (Nouvel Environnement Universitaire de Recherche Orchestrée en Santé mentale et cognitive: une télé initiative), from 2020-10-20 to 2023-03-31
  • 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 2024-01-14

Recently finished projects

  • 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
  • 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
  • Implementation of a stepped care cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia in routine cancer care, from 2018-02-01 to 2021-01-31
  • Neurophysiological biomarkers of insomnia treatment response: towards personalized therapeutic approaches in chronic insomnia, from 2017-04-01 to 2022-03-31
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