Lab Members

Pascale Tremblay, Ph. D.

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Associate professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at Université Laval, chercheur-boursier J2 FRSQ, and researcher at the CERVO Brain Research Center in Québec City. Pascale Tremblay is also the director of the Speech and hearing Neurosciences Laboratory and the co-director of the Consortium d’Imagerie en neurosciences et santé mentale (CINQ).

Pascale Tremblay holds a Ph.D. from McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Montréal. For her thesis, she studied the neuromotor control of speech production focusing on lateral and medial premotor areas using functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) and non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS). She also investigated the neural interactions between perceptual and motor mechanisms for speech. She then spent two years at the University of Chicago working on the neural mechanisms that underlie speech perception and production mechanisms in healthy young and older adults, in the laboratory of Prof. Steven L. Small. She did a second postdoctoral fellowship in 2011 in Italy with Dr. Uri Hasson at the Mind/Brain Sciences Center (CIMeC) at the Università degli Studi di Trento, where she continued investigating the neural mechanisms supporting speech perception and production using fMRI. She is a professor at Laval University in Québec City since the Fall of 2011, in the Department of Rehabilitation of the Faculty of Medicine, where she teaches in the speech-language pathology program.

Dr. Tremblay’s interdisciplinary research program focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of human communication, with an emphasis on speech and voice perception and production in healthy young and older adults. Her work focuses on understanding the mechanisms that support the ability to communicate verbally in social contexts, that is, to perceive and produce speech and voice (an important carrier of human emotions), which are important building blocks of social interactions. She is also interested in identifying the factors that affect communication in aging, including cognitive and sensorimotor aging, and their impact on the quality of social interactions and functioning. Ultimately, her goal is to contribute to the development of strategies to prevent, slowdown or even reverse the effects of aging that negatively affect communication and social functioning. She is interested in uncovering the protective effects of different vocal behaviour, including singing, on the aging of human communicative skills in both healthy individuals and those with communication disorders. 

To achieve these goals, her team studies the anatomy and functioning of the brain using state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience research methods such as functional and anatomical brain imaging methods (using magnetic resonance imaging) as well as non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS). Her team also uses modern behavioural and physiological approaches, such as bio-acoustical analyses of the speech signal, analyzes of speech errors, facial electromyography (recordings of muscle activity), measures of facial muscle force and endurance, respiration patterns, to study speech and voice mechanisms and to understand how these mechanisms evolve over the lifespan.
Through this multidisciplinary and multimodal research program, Dr. Tremblay and her team contribute to advancing knowledge on the neurobiology of language and aging.

Click on the following links to see Pascale’s Google scholar profile,  her bibliography on Pubmed or her ORCID profile.

Interested in joining the lab for a research internship, a master or doctoral degree? Contact us!

Isabelle Deschamps, Ph.D.

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Researcher, Faculty member, Early childhood Education, Georgian College, Ontario

Isabelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and linguistics from McGill University as well as a PhD degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University. Her research interests encompass issues pertaining to the phonological principles and processes that govern the syllable during both speech perception and language comprehension. In addition, her research aims to understand the relationship between phonological processes and other cognitive functions such as verbal working memory. She is also interested in characterizing the neural network involved in the processing of phonological information in adults. Her work on phonological processes in adults led her to take interest in how these skills are acquired during development.

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Melody Courson, Ph.D.

Doctoral student under the supervision of Pascale Tremblay and Joël Macoir

Melody is a speech and language pathologist, and holder of a master’s degree in cognitive sciences, neuropsychology and clinical neurosciences from the Université Lyon 2, France. Her research focuses on language comprehension, specifically on the motor response observed during action language processing. She is interested in characterizing this motor response by understanding its linguistic and cognitive aspects as well as its functional and structural neuronal correlates, using electromyography, transcranial magnetic stimulation and morphometric analysis.

See her Google scholar profile.


Chloé Gingras, B.A.

CGingrasGraduate student in psychology under the supervision of Philip Jackson and Pascale Tremblay 

Chloé is currently undertaking a doctoral degree in psychology, clinical orientation (Ph. D.), neuropsychology, under the supervision of professors Philip Jackson, School of Psychology, and Pascale Tremblay, Department of Readaptation. Combining the expertise of both her supervisors, Chloé is interested in the effect of aging on the perception of others’ pain using eye tracking. Her fascination with aging is an old interest which she aims to further investigate in her future practice.


Pascale Bédard, B. A., M. Sc.

photo-pascaleResearch professional

Pascale is interested in phonetics, and computational lingusitics. She graduated from the lab in 2016. Her master thesis focused on the creation of a large database of Québec spoken French syllables (SyllabO+). She now works part-time at the Speech and hearing neuroscience laboratory towards the creation of a database of Quebec oral French syllables. 

Maxime Perron

Photo Maxime Labo 2017Research intern, undergraduate student in biomedical sciences

Passionate about neurosciences, Maxime is interested in the structural changes of the brain during aging. In particular, Maxime studies the relationship between the integrity of white matter and various cognitive processes.


Julie-Anne Veilleux


Research assistant, graduate student in speech-language pathology

Julie-Anne is passionate about linguistics, language and music. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics from Laval University, and she is currently completing her Masters in Speech Therapy. She is interested in music intervention, both with children and adults, and especially in singing intervention.

Catherine Denis, B. A.

catherinedenisResearch assistant, graduate student in speech-language pathology

Catherine recently completed an undergraduate degree in linguistics and is currentlyb pursuing a master degree in speech-language pathology at Université Laval. She has been working in the laboratory for a year.



Julie Poulin

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Research assistant, undergraduate student in linguistics

Since the beginning of her undergraduate degree in linguistics, Julie has acquired essential knowledge about linguistics and psychology. She is particularly interested in phonology and phonetics. Volunteer for College Frontier, Julie organizes reading circles in the community and shares her love of language.

Émilie Belley

Émilie Belley Research assistant, undergraduate student in linguistics

Émilie is an undergraduate student in linguistics at Université Laval and she will begin her last year next fall. Through her studies, she has developed a particular interest in phonetics and neurosciences which she will be able to expand during her research internship in the laboratory. She has always found languages fascinating. She therefore volunteers as a French teacher for immigrants and she is currently learning sign language.



Elena Vaccaro

Photo Elena MITACS research intern, graduate student in speech-language pathology at Sorbonne

Elena studies speech and language therapy at Sorbonne University, Paris. During the summer session at Laval University, she studies the protective effect of singing in the aging population. She is interested in voice disorders and stuttering, and in artistic interventions, using more specifically singing and acting. She is passionate about neurosciences.


Valérie Brisson

ValerieBrisson Research assistant, undergraduate student in language sciences at Université Laval

Valérie studies language sciences at Université Laval. She is interested in phonology and neurolinguistics.  She also likes to be involved in her community: she volunteers at Centre de Parrainage Civique de Québec and participates in a language stimulation project for refugee children. 



Éloi Gagnon

Éloi Gagnon Research intern, undergraduate student in biomédical sciences

Éloi is crazy about neuroplasticity. He seeks to discover how aging and choral singing affects brain structure and function. In order to do so, he "looks into people's head" with his favourite tool: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).



Lisa-Marie Deschênes

LisaMarieDeschene Volunteer, undergraduate student in psychology

Lisa-Marie is an undergraduate student in psychology at Laval University.  She is interested in neurosciences as well as langage development. Lisa-Marie volunteers as a coordinator of literacy awakening workshops for the Clinique d’orthophonie sociale de Québec. During the summer, she also appreciates working as a special needs monitor for children with autism spectrum disorder.





  2. Anne-Christine Bricaud, B. A.

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    International research intern, gradiuate student in speech-language pathology

    Anne-Christine Bricaud studies speech and language therapy at Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris. During the summer session at Laval University she studies the effect of singing in the aging population.


  2.  Antoine Halbaut, B. A. 

  3. Antoine Halbaut

    International research intern, graduate student in biomedical sciences

  4. Antoine holds a licence in biochemestrt, molecular biology, and cellular physiology with a specialty in Neurosciences and Language sciecnes from Université de Rouen Normandie (France). He is interested in the neurosciecnes of language in particular speech production.

    In september 2017, he will begin a masters at the institut supérieur des biotechnologies de Paris, focusing on cerebral aging.

    In the laboratory, Antoine participate in a project on the neuroprotective effect of singing on speech and voice. He is involved in participant testing and recruitment.



  1. Amandine Gagnon-Hébert

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    Undergraduate student volunteer 

  2. Amandine will start an undergraduate degree in psychology and computer science in 2017 at Laval University. Interested in science since her young age, her research interests focus on physiological and behavioral aspects of mental illness, brain lesions, aging and developmental disabilities. She currently works with researchers from Centre interdisciplinaire de réadaptation et réintégration sociale and Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec. Amandine joined the Speech Neuro Lab in the fall 2016 for its dynamism. Professor Tremblay and her team’s members have proven their excellence in offering original contributions to science with projects related to today's issues. Amandine wishes to benefit from the high level of expertise of the laboratory and is very motivated to bring her own contribution to the ongoing works.



    Catherine Lortie, Ph.D. 


    Doctoral student in experimental medicine at Université Laval, under the supervision of Drs Matthieu Guitton and Pascale Tremblay

  4. Catherine is interested in understanding the bioacoustical and perceptual features of pathological voice and their consequences on day-to-day situations, social participation and isolation. 






  7. Daniel Kennedy-Higgins, M. Sc.

    danStagiaire de recherche au Laboratoire des Neurosciencves de la Parole, et étudiant au doctorat à la University College London (Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences) sous la supervision de Patti Adank and Joseph Devlin

    From January 2016, Dan will temporarily be joining our lab in Quebec to learn how physiological changes in cerebral white matter tracts can influence speech perception abilities through the adult life span with the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). He will return to UCL in July 2016. Dan's main research interest is focused on how the brain adapts to stimuli as the incoming auditory signal becomes harder to perceive (for example due to the presence of background noise). Which regions within the temporal lobes are critical for this perceptual adaptation? To what extent is the adaptation driven by unilateral or bilateral processes? What impact does inter-hemispheric compensation have in the lesioned brain? And which additional regions beyond the temporal lobes are recruited to help in this remarkable adaptive process?"



  9. Micaël Carrier

    m carrierÉtudiant au baccalauréat en sciences biomédicales à l'Université Laval, stagiaire de recherche

    Micaël est un passionné de neuroscience. Il s’intéresse plus spécifiquement à la compréhension des modes de production de la parole.





    Anthony Tremblay, B. A., M. O. A.

    AnthonyTremblayÉtudiant à la maîtrise en orthophonie

    Au cours des dernières années, les outils d'évaluation se sont peaufinés et il est maintenant possible de dissocier plusieurs variables à l'intérieur de l'attention. Dans le cadre de son essai, Anthony s'intéresse à la nature de la relation entre l'attention et la perception de la parole, ainsi qu'au rôle de chacune des variables plus spécifiques de l'attention dans le traitement de la parole, soit la prudence, la constance, l'endurance, la vigilance, le focus et la vitesse.





    Chloé Chagnon-Dumesnil

    Chloe-CD 2Étudiante au baccalauréat en sciences du langage à l'Université Laval, assistante de recherche depuis 2015

    Chloé s’intéresse à divers éléments des neurosciences et du langage,  plus particulièrement au lien existant entre les émotions et la production de la parole, ainsi qu'à la phonétique et à la syntaxe des différentes variétés de français.




    Marie Hélène Tessier, B. A.

    MarieHeleneTessierÉtudiante au baccalauréat en psychologie à l'Université Laval, assistante de recherche au laboratoire de 2014 à 2016

    Marie-Hélène s’intéresse à tout ce qui concerne les neurosciences. Elle a un intérêt particulier pour la communication non-verbale, les neurones miroirs et les émotions. Elle est maintenant étudiante à la maîtrise en recherche en psychologie.


    Avril Treille, M. A.

    TMS AvrilAvril Treille, research intern supervised by Pascale Tremblay, and doctoral student in cognitive sciences at Universités de Grenoble (France) under the supervision of Marc Sato, Jean-Luc Schwartz and Coriandre Vilain.

    Avril has been interested in experimental research since she discovered EEG during her first master stage in language sciences. She then pursued a master recherche 2 in cognitive sciences to learn more about neurosciences, and a second one in neuropsychology and clinical neurosciences à Grenoble. During these stages, she learned about EEG and functional imaging. Avril is interested in multimodal speech perception, as well as in the interaction between sensory and motor regions during speech perception. As part of her doctoral program, she is pursuing a research internship in Québec City to learn about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), speech aging and the role of the motor system in speech perception


     Camille Boudreau

    CamilleB3Undergraduate student in psychology at Université Laval, research asststant in 2015

    Camille s’is interested in interpersonaln relationships, neurosciences and in theories of personality. She is involved in the community through volunteer work in different organisations, including l'Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Québec.






    Mylène Bilodeau-Mercure, B. A., M. Sc.

    myleneMaster student in experimental medicine at Université Laval, under the supervision of Dr Pascale Tremblay 2013-2015

    Mylène's master research thesis (entitled: "Normal aging and speech production") focused on the impacts of aging on communication, more specifically speech and non-speech orofacial movement production, at the behavioural and neural levels. She is also interested in phonological processes in speech and language.

    Mylène graduated in the fall 2015, and then immediately began a master degree in speech pathology at Université Laval.

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    Claudie Ouellet, B.A.

    claudieResearch assistant 2013-2015

    Claudie is interested in psychopathologies, perception of time and emotions, as well as on the functioning of the adult human brain. She completed an undergraduate degree at Université Laval and is now enrolled as a doctoral student in psychology at Université Laval.





    Anne-Marie Audet, B.A.

    anne-marieResearch assistant  2013-2015

    Anne-Marie holds an undergraduate degree in Speech Sciences/Linguistics at Université Laval, and is currntly completing a certificate in second language learning at Université Laval. She is in charge of organizing speech workshops and auditory discrimination workshops at the College Frontiers in Québec City. Her research interests include phonetics and the study of Québec French. Her training in phonetics is very helpful in her day-to-day work at the Speech and hearing Neurosciences Laboratory.

    Anne-Marie is currently a master student in speech pathology at Université Laval.




    Julie Rivard, B.A., M.A., M.O.A.

    JulieRivardSpeech pathology master student at Université Laval 2013-2015

    Julie holds a master degree in linguistics focusing on the role of musical training on syntactic skills in non-fluent aphasic patients. She is currently pursuing a master degree in speech pathology at Université Laval. Her research essay focuses on the potential protective effect of voice training on voice quality in aging.





    Nancy Meunier, B.A., M.O.A.

    NancyMeunierSpeech pathology master student at Université Laval 2013-2015
    Nancy's research essay, supervised by Pascale Trembaly, focuses on the contribution of peripheral hearing to speech perception decline in normal aging.






    Vanessa Kirouac, B.A., M.O.A.

    vanessaSpeech pathology master student at Université Laval 2012-2014

    Vanessa's research essay, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Pascale Tremblay,  focused on speech motor control in normal aging. More specifically, her essay focused on the control of facial movements in young and healthy older adults.






    Nancy Langlois, B.A., M.O.A.

    nancySpeech pathology master student at Université Laval 2012-2014

    Nancy's research essay, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Pascale Tremblay,  focused on speech motor control in normal aging. More specifically, her essay focused on the control of facial movements in young and healthy older adults.






    Vincent Ferland-Longpré, B.A., M.O.A.

    vincentSpeech pathology master student at Université Laval 2012-2014

    Vincent's research essay, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Pascale Tremblay, focused on speech motor control in normal aging. More specifically, his essay focused on measuring the quality of speech sound production using acoustical analyses of the voice during the production of carrier sentences containing different phonemes.






    Other almuni

    Carol-Ann Boudreault, B.A., M.O.A., Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2011-2013

    Léonie Bourassa, B.A., M.O.A., Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2011-2013

    Isabelle Gasse, B.A., M.O.A., Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2011-2013

    Camille Routhier, B.Sc., M.O.A., Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2011-2013