Welcome to the Équipe Problématiques Complexes et Inclusion en Communauté (ÉPIC) en déficience intellectuelle et trouble du spectre de l’autisme research team website. This site provides information regarding the members of our team, our research interests and ongoing projects, as well as a list of our publications. To contact us, please send a message via the Contact us page. We will proceed to get back to you as soon as possible.

Who are we?

Established in 2016 through the support of a CNRIS grant, the ÉPIC team aims to improve the research and services dedicated to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Québec. Our team is composed of five principal researchers: Marc Lanovaz (Université de Montréal), Sarah Lippé (Université de Montréal), Diane Morin (Université du Québec à Montréal), Mélina Rivard (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Malena Argumedes (Université de Sherbrooke) as well as 25 students/posdoctoral fellows and two partners, the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest and the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

What are our goals?

Researchers associated with the team are actively involved in leading projects in the field of ID-ASD. These projects are in line with the two main themes of our research: (1) Complex problematics and (2) Learning and development. Our projects address the development of the individual as a whole in order to lead to improved understanding and management of possible interventions trajectories from childhood into adulthood. All proposed projects have practical and applied significance. Therefore, the findings of these projects will contribute to the decision-making processes related to rehabilitation programs for individuals with ID-ASD.


In this video, Valérie Martin, Ph.D. candidate, presents her project on the integeration of individuals with ASD into the workforce. Her project was conducted in collaboration with Action main-d’oeuvre (http://www.actionmaindoeuvre.ca/).

This video was made by an intern from Spectrum Productions (http://productionsspectrum.com/). Spectrum Productions offers professional film and media productions and employs individuals with ASD, in addition to their day camp programs and social activities for teens and young adults.