Lab Members

Pascale Tremblay, Ph. D.

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Researcher, Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at Université Laval, and director of the Speech and hearing Neurosciences Laboratory.

Pascale Tremblay is a full professor in the rehabilitation department at Université Laval since 2012, where she teaches in the speech-language pathology and audiology programs.  Her laboratory -the Speech and Hearing Neurosciences Laboratory-is located at the CERVO research centre. 

At the crossroad of cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, gerontology and rehabilitation, Dr. Tremblay’s fundamentally interdisciplinary work aims to uncover the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the perception and production of speech and voice in adults, which are important building blocks of social interactions. Her work also focuses on understanding how aging affect these mechanisms and, ultimately, to relate speech decline to age-related neurobiological changes. This knowledge is key to develop new innovative strategies to prevent, delay or even reverse the effects of aging on communication by inducing neuroplastic changes in the neurological circuits involved in speech and hearing processing, which is another focus of her research. Strategies under investigation include neurostimulation and the practice musical activities, especially singing, as well as other types of speech/vocal expertise. To achieve these goals, Dr. Tremblay and her team study the anatomy and functioning of the brain using state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience methods such as functional, anatomical and diffusion brain imaging [MRI] as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation [TMS] and electroencephalography [EEG]. They also use 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. 

To learn more about ongoing projects, visit the section « Project .» To discover our installations, visit the  « The Labo » section.

Click on the links here to view Dr Tremblay’s Google scholar profile, her Pubmed  bibliography or her ORCID profile. Interested in joining the lab for a research internship, a M.Sc./PhD or a postdoc? Contact us!

Marilyne Joyal, Ph.D

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Research associate (full-time)

Marilyne holds a Master’s degree in speech language pathology and is currently completing her PhD in experimental medicine at Université Laval. Her thesis focuses on brain and behavioral correlates of semantic processing in healthy and pathological aging. She joined the laboratory in order to further contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of cognitive neuroscience that helps understand the mechanisms underlying human communication


Valérie Brisson, B.A.


Doctoral student in clinical and biomedical sciences

Valérie is a graduate student in language sciences at Université Laval. She pursues her passion for linguistics et language neurosciences trough her master’s project on speech perception and aging. She is also interested in beneficial effects of music on the brain and on communication, as she is herself a musician in the OSMFQ (Orchestre Symphonique de Musique de Films de Québec) since 2015. Valérie also loves to get involved in her community by participating at fundraisers and volunteering at the CPCQ (Centre de Parrainage Civique de Québec).

Elisabeth Maillard, M.D.

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Master student in clinical and biomedicsal sciences

Elisabeth, a MD-PhD student from Lausanne, Switzerland, will explore potential near and far skills transfer from choir singing and musical practice on the three building blocks of communication : language, cognition and emotional processes. To which extent does amateur musicianship protects from age-related brain decline ? With both behavioral testing and neuro-imaging (MRI), the ultimate goal of this project is to bring novel tools to the promotion of successful aging. This project is supervised by Pascale Tremblay, and by Micah Murray from the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Chloé Gingras, B.A.


Doctoral student in psychology

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.


Gabriel Frazer-McKee, M.A.

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Gabriel's keen interest in cognitive neuroscience of language manifests itself as both 1) a deep desire to better understand the cognitivo-functional and neural foundations of language as well as 2) the desire to reconcile cutting-edge neuro-empirical data with theoretical models that account for this remarkable human capacity. In his doctoral project (co-directed by Pascale Tremblay and Joël Macoir), he is investigating the neurobiological markers associated with Subjective Cognitive Deficit (a pre-Alzheimer's disorder detectable via language tests) and the neuronal changes induced by music-related activities in language pathways (a protective factor for language abilities).

Xiyue Zhang, M.Sc.

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Xiyue is a PhD student in neurosciences at Université Laval. Her interest is the protecting effect of singing on communication and cognition in aging. She joined the lab after working in pharmaceutical industry for three years. She holds a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from University of Florida in the US and a bachelor's degree in BME from Beijing Institute of Technology in China.

Marjorie Villeneuve, M.Sc.


Master student in clinical and biomedical sciences

After a bachelor's degree in linguistics and a master's degree in speech therapy, Marjorie developed a passion for neurolinguistics and still asks herself many questions about the mechanisms that allow the production of speech and those that interfere with it. Her project aims to use transcranial magnetic stimulation to facilitate speech production in elderly people. She wishes to improve the quality of life of those who have speech impairments and enrich her clinical practice in speech therapy.

Pascale Bédard, M. Sc.


Research associate (part-time)

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. 


Lydia Gagnon

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Research intern, then research assistant, undergraduate student in linguistics

Aware of the importance of communication in the human experience, Lydia is intrigued by language in all its components. Currently a Bachelor’s student in Language Sciences at Laval University, she wishes to better understand the complexity of this faculty’s disintegration during normal and pathological aging. Lydia believes that it is important that people are able to express their thoughts to the best of their ability. She is therefore also interested in learning Quebec’s sign language​. 

Alexandre Sicard

Alexandre Sicard

Research intern (Fall 2021), undergraduate student in biomedical sciences

Interested in sciences since high school, Alexandre found himself a particular interest in health sciences. Student during one year in the bachelor’s degree in biopharmaceutical chemistry, he is now in his last year in the undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences. Having a large interest in brainfunctioning, he is delighted to increase his knowledge about speech and aging. He is also delighted to contribute to the advancement of research in these fields.

Béatrice Daigle

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Research intern (Fall 2021), undergraduate student in biomedical sciences

Undergraduate student in biomedical sciences, Béatrice always had an interest in neuroscience. Intrigued with the brain’s mysteries, she wishes to learn more about its functioning and imaging techniques. 


  • Benjamin Côté, B.A.


    Research intern, master student in linguistics

    After having completed a bachelor's degree in linguistics at Université Laval, Benjamin continues his studies at the master's degree in linguistics and language didactics with thesis. He is interested in phonetics, phonology and foreign language teaching. His master's project aims to determine the most important sounds of Québec French to teach to French-as-a-second-language learners. In the laboratory, Benjamin is currently working on the research project that aims to study the effects of choral singing and aging on speech.​

  • Lisa-Marie Deschênes, B.A.


    Undergraduate research assistant, student in psychology, Université Laval

    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.

  • Agathe Veilleux, MOA


    Graduate research intern, speech-language pathology student

    Agathe is a French speech language therapist student at the Faculty of medicine of Rangueil at Toulouse. She will begin her fourth year of five (that is the first year in the master) in September 2019. Agathe is a musician. She played the piano for eight years, took opera singing lessons for three years and sang in a choir for ten years at the music conservatory. Agathe is interested in communication, voice, opera singing and music. She may study music therapy and will go back to an opera singing class once she graduates in SLP. Fortunately, thanks to the MITACS program, she spent the summer 2019 in the lab, to work on the project 1733 FRQNT, a project which is studying the effects of the amateur musical and singing practice on brain. It could be the basis of her future master dissertation.

  • Audrey Desjardins


    Stagiaire de recherche à l'été 2019, étudiante au baccalauréat en ergothérapie

    Après avoir complété sa première année au baccalauréat en ergothérapie, Audrey est à même de constater la complexité ainsi le caractère fascinant du système nerveux central. Animée par le désir d’amener ses futurs patients à atteindre leur plein potentiel, c’est avec une grande volonté qu’elle effectue un stage au laboratoire afin d’acquérir des connaissances sur ses principaux intérêts : le développement ainsi que le vieillissement du SNC, la neurostimulation et les techniques d’imagerie qui lui permettront d’approfondir ses connaissances en réadaptation..

  • Julie-Anne Veilleux, MOA

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    Graduate research assistant, speech-language pathology student

    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.

  • Melody Courson, Ph. D.

    Doctoral student

    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.

  • Eloi Gagnon, B.Sc.

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    Stagiaire de recherche, étudiant au baccalauréat en sciences biomédicales

    Passionné par la neuroplasticité, Éloi s’intéresse à l’effet du vieillissement normal et du chant choral sur la structure et la fonction du cerveau. Pour ce faire, il «regarde dans la tête des gens » avec son outil préféré : l’imagerie par résonance magnétique (IRM).

  • Elena Vaccaro, B.A.

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    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.

  • Catherine Denis, B. A.


    Research 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.

  • Antoine Halbaut, B. A.

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    International research intern, graduate student in biomedical sciences

    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.

  • Anne-Christine Bricaud, B. A.


    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.

  • Catherine Lortie, Ph.D. 


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

    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. 


  • Micaël Carrier

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    Research intern, undergraduate student in biomedical sciences, Université Laval

    Micaël is crazy about neurosciences.


  • Daniel Kennedy-Higgins, M. Sc.


    Research intern, doctoral student at University College London (Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences) with 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?"


  • Anthony Tremblay, B.A., M. O. A.


    Master student in speech-language pathology



  • Chloé Chagnon-Dumesnil

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    Undergraduate research assistant, undergraduate student in linguistics, Université Laval



  • Marie Hélène Tessier, B. A.


    Undergraduate research assistant, student in psychology, Université Laval

    Marie-Hélène is intyerested in neurosciences and non-bverbal communication.


  • Avril Treille, M. A.

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    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


    Research assistant, undergraduate student in psychology, Université Laval

    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.


  • Julie Poulin

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    Graduate research assistant, master student in speech-language pathology

    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.

  • Sophie Simard


    Research intern (fall 2019 and winter 2020), undergraduate student in biomedical sciences

    Sophie is a student in biomedical science. She is passionate about neuroscience and appreciates the diverse techniques used to demystify the brain, particularly magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

  • Julia Picard


    Research intern summer 2020, undergraduate student in biomedical sciences

    Fascinated by how the human body works and particularly by the brain and the faculty of language, Julia is an undergraduate student in biomedical sciences. Her newly acquired knowledge in neurosciences as well as ten years worth of piano lessons will be valuable assets to Elisabeth Maillard in the realization of a meta-analysis on the impact of the practice of a musical instrument on the brain. 

  • Marie-Clarisse Perron

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    Research intern (fall 2020, winter 2021), undergraduyate student in biomedical sciences

    Marie-Clarisse has always showed an interest in languages. Interested in the functioning of the human body since an early age, she is a bachelor's student in Biomedical Sciences which she will complete this year. Her studies allowed her to discover a passion for neurosciences and she wishes to learn more about the functioning of the brain during her time at the laboratory.

  • Catherine Savard


    Undergraduate research assistant, student in linguistics

    Passionate about languages for the longest time, Catherine is an undergraduate student in Language Sciences in addition to completing a microprogram in Japanese language. Throughout her university career, she quickly became interested in neurosciences and articulatory phonetics. Catherine has also developed a great interest in the various effects of aging on the production and perception of speech.


  • Mylène Bilodeau-Mercure, M. Sc.


    Master 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.

    View resume

  • Sabrina Juhasz

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    Research intern (summer 2021), undergraduyate student in biomedical sciences

    Fascinated by all things science from an early age, it was in high school that Sabrina discovered her interest for cognitive neurosciences. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, she is especially interested in brain imaging and stimulation as well as science communication. Curious by nature, Sabrina loves to learn new things and discover various domains of study. She is thus delighted to learn about the neurobiology of speech production and perception in the aging brain during her internship.

  • Claudie Ouellet, B.A.


    Research 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.

  • Alison Arseneault, BA


    Research assistant, graduate student in remedial teaching

    Fascinated by the complex faculty of language from an early age, it was obvious that Alison would study in the field of linguistics. Currently in her final year in the undergraduate degree in Language Sciences, Alison has mainly satisfied her need to understand articulated language through phonetics, phonology and language neuroscience. Her interest in cerebral plasticity and neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques led her to the laboratory where she improves her knowledge of the subject. Alison is currently working on two research projects using these techniques to better understand the effects of aging on language, in terms of production and perception.

  • Anne-Marie Audet, B.A.


    Research 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.

  • 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.



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