People

Principal investigator

Dr. Jean Philippe Gouin

Dr. Jean Philippe Gouin

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jean-Philippe Gouin is a clinical psychologist, a member of the Center for Clinical Research in Health and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University. He completed his graduate training at the University of Montreal (MPs), the Ohio State University (PhD), and Rush University Medical Center (Clinical residency). Dr. Gouin holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Chronic Stress and Health.

Research Associates

Florence Pomares, PhD

Florence Pomares, PhD

Research Associate

Florence Pomares is a research associate studying brain anatomical and functional alterations in sleep disorders, such as idiopathic hypersomnia, insomnia and in sleep deprivation with brain imaging methods. In addition, Florence coordinates the study on the impact of insomnia treatment on mood, brain functioning, and cardiovascular health.
Florence has a background in Neuroscience and studied pain perception with functional neuroimaging methods during her Ph.D. at Université de Lyon in France. She then performed postdoctoral studies at McGill University, focusing on brain alterations in chronic pain conditions.

Post-Doctorate

Catherine Ouellet-Courtois, PhD

Catherine Ouellet-Courtois, PhD

Post-Doctorate

Catherine obtained her PhD in 2020 in clinical psychology at the University of Montreal, where she studied the cognitive overlap between OCD and eating disorders. Her research interests include the understanding of how interpersonal processes influence disordered eating and obesity, and how these symptoms in turn serve a regulatory purpose in interpersonal relationships. Current projects include testing the effectiveness of couple-based interventions for obesity.

Graduate Students

Sasha MacNeil

Sasha MacNeil

PhD Student

Sasha is a PhD Student in the Clinical Psychology Program. Her research interests include understanding the interaction between physiological risk factors and social stress in the development of psychopathology and suicidality. Current research projects include an investigation of heart rate variability and daily social stressors in the maintenance of suicidality among adolescents and undergraduate students and piloting a brief cognitive-behavioral intervention focused on improving social functioning to reduce suicidality.

Kayla Hollett, MSc

Kayla Hollett, MSc

PhD Student

Kayla obtained a Master of Science in experimental psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland before joining the Stress, Interpersonal Relationships, and Health Laboratory in 2020. She is interested in researching eating and exercise behaviours and is currently working on projects to explore social processes that influence health behaviour change in romantic partners.

Sara Matovic, MSc

Sara Matovic, MSc

PhD Student

Sara obtained her BSc (’15) and MSc (’17) in Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario. During her MSc she worked under the supervision of Dr. Wataru Inoue, examining the neurobiological changes in response to chronic stress. Sara joined the Stress, Interpersonal Relationships, and Health Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Philippe Gouin in 2020. Here, her research interests include understanding the relationships between stress, physical and psychological health, interpersonal relationships and health behaviour change. 

Jude Nachabe

Jude Nachabe

MA Student

Jude graduated from University of Ottawa obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology. She joined the SIRH Lab in 2019 as Master’s student in the Clinical and Research Option program. She is most interested in furthering her knowledge in stress-induced insomnia, its biomarkers, and understanding the role of brooding rumination in the association of sleep disturbances and depression in individuals with stress-induced insomnia. 
Emily Carrese-Chacra

Emily Carrese-Chacra

MA Student

Emily received a B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University in 2019. Her undergraduate thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Sydney Miller, focused on the effects of coping strategies and optimism on resilience in disadvantaged youth. In 2019, she coordinated a study led by Drs. Jean-Philippe Gouin and Veronique Pepin on the effects of exercise training and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia on sleep apnea and insomnia. Emily is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at Concordia University. Her research interests include understanding how couples’ behaviors influence change in health behaviors, specifically eating and physical activity habits.

Lab Coordinators

Alexandra Janho, M.A.

Alexandra Janho, M.A.

Lab Coordinator and Lab Manager

Alexandra completed a Master’s of Arts in Sociology and an undergraduate minor in Education from McGill University.  She has been the lab coordinator since 2019, and manages the study on caregiving stress and health in mothers of adolescents with autism or intellectual disabilities as well as the study on dyadic health behaviour changes.

Lukia Tarelli

Lab coordinator

I am an undergraduate student studying Psychology at Concordia University. I am currently working as a coordinator for the sleep apnea project where we compare the efficacy of exercise and CBT to the efficacy of exercise alone among individuals who suffer from sleep apnea and chronic insomnia.