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Dr. Kim Lavoie

MBMC Co-director
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Fields of interest/Keywords

  • Asthma, COPD, Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension, Obesity
  • Anxiety disorders, mood disorders, panic disorder, depression, motivation, self-efficacy
  • Health behaviors (physical activity, diet, smoking, adherence)
  • Health behavior change interventions (motivational communication, cognitive-behavioral therapy)
  • Impact of psychological and behavioral factors on disease morbidity and mortality
  • Professional training in motivational communication


Dr. Lavoie's work focuses on research in three areas: (1) the impact of psychological stress (e.g., depression, anxiety) and lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, smoking, adherence) on the development and progression of chronic illnesses (e.g., cardiovascular disease, asthma, COPD, obesity); (2) psychophysiological and behavioral mechanisms linking psychological stress to disease; and (3) behavioural medicine (e.g., behavioral interventions for chronic illnesses, including motivational communication and cognitive-behavioral therapy).

Dr. Kim Lavoie, co-Director of the MBMC and co Lead of the International Behavioral Trials Network (IBTN), is also the Director of the Chronic Disease Research Division at Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at University of Montreal. She is the Chair of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at the Canadian Psychological Association, Chair of the Canadian Network for Health Behavior Change and Promotion (CAN-Change) and an active member of the CHEP recommendation panel (Adherence Subcommittee). Finally, she is an internationally recognized expert in motivational communication; over 8000 health professionals across Canada, the US, Europe (France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Estonia, the UK), Australia and New Zealand have attended her professional training workshops. She currently holds FRQS and CIHR Investigator Awards and multiple grants in the area of motivational communication training and efficacy for behaviour change in chronic disease.

Primary university affiliation(s)

Université du Québec à Montréal
Department of Psychology

Primary research centre affiliation(s)

Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal


Other affiliations

  • Full Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Montreal
  • Affiliate Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Concordia University
  • Director, Researcher, Chronic Disease Research Division, Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal
  • Associate Researcher, Research Centre, Nuclear Medicine, Montreal Heart Institute
  • Chair, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Section, Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Chair, Canadian Network of Health Behavior Change and Promotion (CAN-Change)
  • Co-Lead, International Behavioral Trials Network (IBTN)
  • Adherence Committee, Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP)

Curriculum vitae

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PhD in Psychology, Concordia University (2003)
MA in Psychology, Concordia University (1997)
BSc Honours in Psychology, McGill University (1995)

Other Projects and Publications

Other Projects

• The Canadian Airway Disease Research Network (CARN) – SPOR LOI (CIHR)
• Bariatric Care Cohort Study (Fondation Ronald Denis/Fondation Hopital du Sacre-Coeur)
• Physician training in motivational communication skills: The impact of Derm Connect Canada (Abbvie)
• Impact of panic disorder on respiratory responses in asthmatics (FRQS/CIHR)


View Dr. Kim Lavoie's publications on PubMed