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.

Graduate Students

Warren Caldwell, M.Sc.

Warren Caldwell, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Warren received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2010 and M.Sc. in Neuroscience from Carleton University in 2012. He joined the Stress, Interpersonal Relationships, and Health Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Philippe Gouin in 2014. His research is focused on understanding the negative social consequences of repetitive negative thought and the buffering role of heart-rate variability, a biomarker that has been associated with self-regulation and social functioning.

Chelsea da Estrela, MA

Chelsea da Estrela, MA

PhD Candidate

Chelsea da Estrela is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Concordia University. Her research interests include identifying the biopsychosocial predictors and processes that can explain individual variability in reactivity to exceptional parenting challenges; with a special emphasis on the role of respiratory sinus arrhythmia.

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.

Margaret McCarthy, B.Sc. (Hons)

Margaret McCarthy, B.Sc. (Hons)

Master Student

Margaret graduated from Trent University in Ontario, obtaining a bachelor of science (honors) degree in Psychology. Her undergraduate thesis was completed under the supervision of Professor Jeffrey Adams, and focused on dreams in relation to typical dream themes, as well as waking life personality variables and emotions. More of her undergraduate work focused on psychopathology (dark triad research) and analyzing data for personality research with Beth Visser. Margaret is currently working in the Perform Centre’s sleep lab as a project leader for the insomnia project, alongside Aurore Perrault and under the supervision of Dr. Dang-Vu and Jean-Philippe Gouin. She is working on her master’s thesis regarding the effects of stress and individual differences in heart rate variability on the diagnosis and prognosis of chronic insomnia.

Andrew Switzer

Master Student

Andrew is a Master’s student working on a study of chronic parenting stress. He is most interested in understanding how individual differences in biomarkers of self-regulation (e.g., high frequency heart-rate variability) interact with individual contexts (e.g., attachment style, chronic stress) to predict daily social experiences, and, in turn, relationship outcomes.

Lab Coordinators

Sarah Lantagne, B.Sc (Hons)

Lab coordinator

Sarah received her B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology from Concordia University. Sarah first joined the Stress, Interpersonal Relationships, & Health Lab as an undergraduate research assistant in 2014. She went on to complete her Honour’s thesis in the lab, focusing on the role of individual goal regulation strategies in buffering stress-related changes in systemic inflammation. She has been the lab coordinator since 2015, and manages a study on caregiving stress and health in mothers of adolescents with autism or intellectual disabilities.

Emma Madigan, BA (Hons)

Emma Madigan, BA (Hons)

Lab coordinator

Emma Madigan earned her BA (Hons) in Psychology from Concordia University. Her Honours Thesis focused on the role of depression on subjective cognitive impairments in insomnia patients. She is now coordinating the study on the impact of insomnia treatment on mood, brain functioning, and cardiovascular health.

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.