Researchers

Marc Lanovaz
Team Leader

Marc is an Associate Professor in the École de Psychoéducation of the Université de Montréal and a Researcher at the Ste-Justine University Research Hospital. He was the founding president of the Québec Association for Behavior Analysis. He is a licensed teacher and psychoeducator in his home province as well as a certified behavior analyst. He holds a MSc in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University and PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University.

His research program focuses on improving service delivery to children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. His projects have been funded by many major granting agencies in Canada such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Québec’s Office for Persons with Disabilities, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec.

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Malena Argumedes
Researcher

Malena is a professor in the department of Psychoéducation at the Université Sherbrooke since December 2016. She is also the treasurer of the Québec Association for Behavior Analysis. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Université de Montréal and she is a licensed psychoeducator.

Her research interests include problematic behavior in children and adolescents with an intellectual disability (ID) and/or ASD. Malena promotes interventions based on positive behavioral support. Her goal is to improve the quality of life of her patients and their families. She is also interested in the development of research-based practices that aim to improve the quality of life of aging individuals affected by a developmental disorder or living with cognitive impairments.

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Diane Morin
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Diane Morin is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) wher she is the chairperson of the Chaire de déficience intellectuelle et troubles du comportements (DITC). After completing a doctorate in psychology at UQAM, she worked as a psychologist with individuals with ID for over twenty years. Her research is founded on bringing concrete solutions to the difficulties faced by people with ID, their relatives, and their entourage.

Diane is foremost interested in problems related to behavior, physical health and mental health in adults and children with ID and/or ASD. She is also interested in the evaluation of programs and services offered to these individuals. She studies the stress levels of parents living with a child with ID or ASD as well as the support offered to parents whose children are awaiting specialized services. The attitudes of the general population and professionals toward ID are also part of her field of interest. Finally, she is a member of an interdisciplinary research program focused on the social integration of vulnerable individuals who engage in problematic behavior.

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Mélina Rivard
Researcher

Mélina Rivard is an associate professor at the department of psychology of UQAM. Her research and clinical interests concern ASD, ID, developmental delays (DD), early childhood, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and program evaluation.

Her work is defined by three main research streams. The first looks at early diagnosis and early interventions for children with ASD, ID or DD. More precisely, her research addresses factors related to the effectiveness of early intervention programs and the combined use of ABA strategies. The second theme looks at problematic behavior and double diagnosis in children with ASD and/or ID. The third theme concerns families of children with ASD and/or ID and factors related to the adaptation and well-being of these families as well as factors related to access to services and trajectory tracking.

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Sarah Lippé
Researcher

Dr. Lippé completed a master's degree in neuropsychology and a Ph.D in neuropsychology in clinical and research at the University of Montreal. In addition, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Commissariat de l’Énergie Atomique (France) as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care (Toronto).

She is the director of the Neuroscience of Early Development (NED) Lab at the Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center. Her research program aims to better understand the cerebral and cognitive development of children and infants. Dr. Lippé is specifically interested in learning mechanisms adopted by healthy children and children with various types of developmental disorders The research methods used are varied and noninvasive (EEG, eye tracking, neuropsychology, observations, structural and functional MRI).

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