Pascale Tremblay, Ph. D.

pascale tremblay

Associate professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at Université Laval, FRQS chercheur-boursier J2, 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 holds a Ph.D. from McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Montréal where she worked with Vincent Gracco. 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 Steve Small's lab. She did a second postdoctoral fellowship in 2011 in Italy with Uri Hasson at the Mind/Brain Sciences Center [CIMeC], 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 2012, in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, where she teaches in the speech-language pathology program. Pascale's interdisciplinary research program focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of language, 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 perceive and produce speech and voice, 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 using plasticity-inducing activity such as singing and brain stimulation. To achieve these goals, her team studies the anatomy and functioning of the brain using state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience methods such as functional and anatomical brain imaging [MRI] as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation [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. 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!