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

 Affiliated to:


      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.


Recently graduated:



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.