Research themes

The laboratories

Human resources

Research teams

  Julie Carrier

  Louis De Beaumont

  Alex Desautels

  Marie Dumont   Johannes Frasnelli

  J-François Gagnon

  Nadia Gosselin

  Gilles Lavigne

  Valérie Mongrain

  Jacques Montplaisir

  Tore Nielsen

  Simon Warby
  Antonio Zadra


      Antonio Zadra, Ph.D.

Full Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal
Psychologist (Ordre des psychologues du Québec)




Post-doctorat in Psychiatry (Université de Montréal)

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Université McGill)
M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology (Université McGill)

Research Interests:
The pathophysiology of sleepwalking. Relationship between the content of dreams and nightmares and psychological well-being. Recurring dreams, lucid dreams, assessment and treatment of parasomnias, and REM sleep EEG. 

Polysomnography, spectral analysis of the EEG, collections of nocturnal dreams and dream journals.


Team in training:



Marc-Antoine Labelle (co-supervision with Dr Jacques Montplaisir)

  Ph.D. candidate in Psychology R/I (Université de Montréal)

  Subject: Pathophysiology of somnambulism





Aline Gauchat

  Ph.D. candidate in Psychology R/I (Université de Montréal)

  Subject: Prevalence and correlates of nightmares in children: a

  longitudinal study


 Rosemarie Perreault (co-supervised with Julie Carrier)

   Ph.D. candidate in Neuropsychology R/I (Université de Montréal)

   Subject: Analysis of slow-wave activity and slow oscillations in





Marie-Ève Desjardins

  PhD candidate in Psychology R/I (Université de Montréal)
  Subject: Pathophysiology of sleepwalking: Study of cerebral activity during slow
  wave sleep by single-photon computed emission tomography (SPECT) and analysis of
  cerebral functional connectivity.


Former students:



Mylène Duval

  Ph.D. in Psychology R/I (Université de Montréal)
  Subject: Assessing the frequency, content and distress associated with
  nightmares among victims of abuse in childhood

Geneviève Robert

  Ph.D. in Psychology R/I (Université de Montréal)
  Subject: Study of idiopathic nightmares

Olivier Jarr

  M.Sc in Psychology (Université de Montréal)
  Subject : Analysis of slow wave activity and slow waves preceeding

Geneviève Scavone
(co-supervised with Paola Lanfranchi)

  M.Sc. in Psychology (Université de Montréal)
  Subject: Stress and autonomous nervous system activation in chronic
  primary insomnia

Recent publications:


Labelle MA, Desautels A, Montplaisir J, Zadra A. Psychopathological correlates of adult sleepwalking. Sleep Medicine 2013, 14, 1348-55.

Duval M., McDuff P, Zadra A. Nightmare frequency, nightmare distress and psychopathology in female victims of childhood maltreatment. J Nerv Ment Dis 2013, 201, 767-772.

Desautels A, Zadra A, Labelle MA, Dauvilliers Y, Petit D, Montplaisir J. Daytime somnolence in adult sleepwalkers. Sleep Med 2013, 14, 1187-91.

Zadra A, Desautels A, Petit D, Montplaisir J. Somnanbulism: clinical aspects and pathophysiological hypotheses. Lancet Neurol 2013, 201, 767-772.

Perreault R, Carrier J, Desautels A, Montplaisir J, Zadra A. Slow-wave activity and slow oscillations in sleepwalkers and controls: effects of 38h of sleep deprivation. J Sleep Res 2013, 4, 430-3.

Zadra A. Rêves et activités mentales du sommeil. In: Les troubles du sommeil, Eds. Dauvilliers Y, Billard M. Paris, Masson, 2012, pp. 59-68.

Zadra A, Pilon M. Night terrors and somnambulism. In: Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders, Eds. Morin CM, Espie CA. Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 577-98.

Zadra A, Robert G. Dream recall frequency: Impact of prospective measures and motivational factors. Consciousness and Cognition 2012, 21, 1695-702.

Pilon M, Desautels A, Montplaisir J, Zadra A. Auditory arousal responses and thresholds during REM and NREM sleep of sleepwalkers and controls. Sleep Med 2012, 13, 490-5.

Zadra A, Pilon M. Non-rapid eye movement parasomnais: Diagnostic methods. Sleep Medicine Clinics 2011, 6, 447-58.