Lab Members

Pascale Tremblay, Ph. D.

Researcher, full Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at Université Laval, and director of the Lab.

Pascale Tremblay is a full professor in the rehabilitation department at Université Laval, where she teaches in the speech-language pathology and audiology programs and acts as graduate research director for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in rehabilitation sciences.

At the crossroad of cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, gerontology and rehabilitation, Dr. Tremblay’s interdisciplinary research program 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 affects speech and voice and, ultimately, aims to relate age-related communicative changes to age-related neurobiological changes in order to gain insights into underlying mechanisms. 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 Lab » 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!

Lab Members

Marilyne Joyal, Ph.D.

Research associate (full-time)

Marilyne holds a Master’s degree in speech language pathology and a PhD in experimental medicine from Université Laval. Her thesis focused 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 rehabilitation 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).

Xiyue Zhang, M.Sc.

Doctoral student in Neuroscience

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.

Lydia Gagnon

Research assistant, graduate student in speech-language pathology

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

Master student in rehabilitation sciences

Interested in science since high school, Alexandre found a particular interest in health sciences. Student during one year in the bachelor's degree in biopharmaceutical chemistry, he then completed a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. He thus began a master's degree in rehabilitation sciences. His project aims to investigate the effects of musical practice on brain health and cognitive abilities.

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.

Maude Bussière

Graduate student in speech-language pathology

After completing a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages, Maude aspired to learn more about language and communication and therefore is now a student at Université Laval’s master program in Speech Language Pathology. Her passion for languages triggered a more specific interest in the potential effects of bilingualism or multilingualism on the functioning of the brain. She wishes to gain extensive research experience in order to contribute to the development of science in her field.

Anne-Julie Lavoie

Graduate student in speech-language pathology

Anne-Julie is passionate about language and neuroscience as well as its development. She is particularly interested in the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the perception and production of speech and voice. Anne-Julie completed a bachelor's degree in psychology at the Université de Sherbrooke and is now a second-year master's student in speech-language pathology at Université Laval. Counseling is another of her passions and she wishes to pursue her career as a speech-language pathologist with children with special needs.

Camille Guimont

Graduate student in speech-language pathology

With a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience in the neurolinguistic profile at Université de Montréal, Camille is interested in the mechanisms that underlie speech and language, particularly in development. Currently in her second year of master’s degree in speech and language pathology at Université Laval, she is passionate about understanding the functioning of the human brain in order to use this knowledge in her future clinical practice.

Anne-Claire Albisetti

Graduate student in speech-language pathology

Anne-Claire is a second-year student in speech-language pathology at Université Laval. She participates as a research intern in Marjorie Villeneuve’s project. She has always been interested in the voice and its associated pathologies. She is a singer herself, therefore she wishes to integrate her experience into her practice in the future. Through the laboratory, she has also discovered an interest in speech production in the context of aging.

Nathan Guillon

Research assistant, undergraduate student in linguistics

As a student in the bachelor's degree in language sciences of the Université Laval and a graduate in music from Cégep de Sherbrooke, Nathan is passionate about music and linguistics. His attraction for studying sound is confirmed by his interest in phonetics. Aiming for a Ph.D., Nathan's goal is to become a professor and researcher in that field.

Alumni

Edith Durand

Postdoctoral scholar

2022

Juan Camilo Becerra-Mateus

Research intern

2022

Sabrina Juhasz

Research intern, undergraduyate student in biomedical sciences

2021-2022

Camille Fuduche

Research intern, master student at Université de Strasbourg, France

2022

Marie-Clarisse Perron

Research intern, undergraduyate student in biomedical sciences

2020-2021

Alison Arseneault, B.A.

Research assistant, graduate student in remedial teaching

2020-2021

Chloé Gingras, B.A.

Doctoral student in psychology

2018-2021

Maxime Perron, B.Sc.

Master student in clinical and biomedicasl sciences

2017-2020

Émilie Belley

Research assistant, undergraduate student in linguistics, graduate student in speech-language pathology

2017-2020

Catherine Fontaine-Lavallée, M.Sc.

Research associate (full-time)

2018-2020

Julie Poulin, B.A.

Graduate research assistant, master student in speech-language pathology

Isabelle Deschamps, Ph. D.

Chercheuse associée, Professeure au Georgian College, Early Childhood Education Department

Alexandra Lavoie

Undergraduate research assistant, student in linguistics

Catherine Savard

Undergraduate research assistant, student in linguistics

Lisa-Marie Deschênes, B.A.

Undergraduate research assistant, student in psychology, Université Laval

Agathe Porssut

Graduate research intern, speech-language pathology student

Audrey Desjardins

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

Julie-Anne Veilleux, MOA

Graduate research assistant, speech-language pathology student

Melody Courson, Ph. D.

Doctoral student

Eloi Gagnon, B.Sc.

Stagiaire de recherche, étudiant au baccalauréat en sciences biomédicales

Elena Vaccaro, B.A.

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

Catherine Denis, B. A.

Research assistant, graduate student in speech-language pathology

Antoine Halbaut, B. A.

International research intern, graduate student in biomedical sciences

Anne-Christine Bricaud, B. A.

International research intern, gradiuate student in speech-language pathology

Catherine Lortie, Ph.D.

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

Daniel Kennedy-Higgins, M. Sc.

Research intern, doctoral student at University College London (Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences) with Patti Adank and Joseph Devlin

Micaël Carrier

Research intern, undergraduate student in biomedical sciences, Université Laval

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

Master student in speech-language pathology

Chloé Chagnon-Dumesnil

Undergraduate research assistant, undergraduate student in linguistics, Université Laval

Marie Hélène Tessier, B. A.

Undergraduate research assistant, student in psychology, Université Laval

Avril Treille, M. A.

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.

Camille Boudreau

Research assistant, undergraduate student in psychology, Université Laval

Mylène Bilodeau-Mercure, M. Sc.

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

Claudie Ouellet, B.A.

Research assistant 2013-2015

Anne-Marie Audet, B.A.

Research assistant 2013-2015

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

Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2013-2015

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

Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2013-2015

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

Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2012-2014

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

Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2012-2014

Vincent Ferland-Longpré, B.A., M.O.A.

Speech pathology master student at Université Laval 2012-2014

Sophie Simard

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

Benjamin Côté, B.A.

Research intern, master student in linguistics

Julia Picard

Research intern summer 2020, undergraduate student in biomedical sciences