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Dr. Réjean Tessier


Réjean Tessier, Ph.D.

(Ph.D. Psychologie 1983; University du Québec à Montréal)


Professeur titulaire, École de psychologie
Université Laval
Pavillion Félix-Antoine-Savard
Québec, Québec, G1K 7P4


Tel: 418-656-2131, poste 7180




  MMy research work is mainly centered on the development of very premature children. As babies, I am studying their social and neurological development using three different interventions, the first based on parent infant interactions (CoNaître project), the second based on Kangaroo Mother Care project and the third based on Massage stimulation. These works have contributed to the implementation of the Kangaroo Mother Care project in pediatric hospital firstly in Quebec city, and the plan is to expand this intervention to canadian pediatric hospitals. Moreover, I am studying the psychological and physiological response of very prematurely born young adults to stressful event exposure. We test the hypothesis of their flattening responses using the TSST experimental conditions which might be linked to psychological state of self concept.





Roskam, I., Stievenart, M., Tessier, R., Muntean, A., Escobar, M.J., Santelices, M., Juffer, F., Van IJzendoorn, M., & Pierrehumbert, B. (in press).  Another way of thinking about ADHD: The predictive role of early attachment deprivation in adolescents’ level of symptoms.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.


Boivin, A., Zhong-Cheng, L., Lefebvre, F., Audibert, F., Tessier, R., & Nuyt, A.M. (2013).  Pregnancy complications in women born preterm.  Canadian Medical Association Journal, 184 (16), 1777-1784.


Nadeau, L., Tessier, R., Couture, G., & Voyer, A.P. (2012).  Ajustement social des enfants vivant avec une déficience motrice cérébrale: rôle du traitement de l’information sociale.  Dans G. Tarabulsy, J.-P. Lemelin et M. Provost (Eds.), Développement socio-émotionnel de l’enfant et de l’adolescent, pp. 221-243.  Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec.


Schneider, C., Charpak, N., Ruiz-Pelaez, J.G., & Tessier, R. (2012).  Cerebral motor function in very premature-at-birth adolescents: a brain-stimulation exploration of kangaroo mother care effects.  Acta Paediatrica, 101 (10), 1045-53.