• MBMC in the Media

    Since 2006, many of our exciting research findings have been covered by the media

Central to the mission of the MBMC is to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce the overall burden of chronic disease within the community. It is therefore critical for our research to be accessible to the general public.

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Amid Jump In Coronavirus Infections, Canada Issues New Restrictions

October 16, 2020

Government leaders in Canada have asked people not to gather for Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations this weekend because coronavirus cases are rising in several provinces. Montreal-based behavioral scientist Kim Lavoie lays some blame on the provincial government’s messaging.

Félicitations à Kim Lavoie et Simon L. Bacon pour l’obtention de subventions des IRSC

October 16, 2020

Le CIUSSS-NIM félicite la Dre Kim Lavoie et le Dr Simon Bacon du Centre de médicine comportementale pour l’obtention de quatre nouvelles subventions des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada.

Quebecers confused over new measures during first day of province’s partial lockdown

October 2, 2020

Thursday is day one of Quebec’s partial 28-day lockdown as new public health rules, but there’s still some confusion. Concordia University behavioural medicine professor Dr. Simon Bacon says the government can do better with its messaging.

COVIDArtQc, la première étape d’un parcours de murales à Lac-Mégantic

October 2, 2020

La murale COVIDArtQc à Lac-Mégantic, qui s’inspirera des travaux de la Dre Kim Lavoie, chercheuse en médecine comportementale, qui mène une étude sur les effets de la pandémie sur les comportements de la population mondiale, sera la première d’un ensemble de murales que la Commission des arts, de la culture et du patrimoine souhaite implanter … Read more

Coronavirus: Fears of supply shortages across Quebec prompt surge in shopping

October 1, 2020

Shoppers, retailers and health authorities have all observed a recent spike in shopping, as Canada’s second coronavirus wave and the prospect of impending lockdowns leave many concerned about grocery shortages. Dr. Simon Bacon, an expert in behavioural epidemiology at Concordia University says that there’s are a few reasons this kind of panic buying happens.

D’avril à juin, 30% moins de Canadiens suivaient les mesures sanitaires

September 20, 2020

Entrevue avec Kim Lavoie, professeure de psychologie en médecine du comportement à l’UQAM, sur QUB Radio

Est-ce que la pandémie a rendu les gens plus agressifs?

September 20, 2020

Entretien entre Jean-Pierre Charbonneau, ancien député du Parti Québécois, Kim Lavoie, professeur en psychologie à l’UQAM, titulaire de la CHAIRE de recherche du Canada en médecine comportementale, Patrick Senécal, dramaturge, Jean-Pierre Rancourt, avocat criminaliste et Annie-Soleil Proteau, animatrice aux ondes de 98.5 à Montréal.

A house divided: Father moving into basement as kids return to school

August 31, 2020

As many Montreal children return to school, some parents fear it could undermine months of efforts to keep their families safe, particularly in households where members of the family are at higher risk. As a professor conducting research on COVID-19, Dr. Kim Lavoie has long thought about how the pandemic is affecting children. But as … Read more

How to politely remind someone to wear a mask

August 24, 2020

Before educating about preventive behaviours, like mask wearing, consider if they really represent a threat to others. Guilt, shame and other aggressive and authoritarian approaches should be avoided. Professor Kim Lavoie advises being kind and expressing concerns, using a positive approach, rewarding good behaviors, and reminding that when people wore masks, the number of cases … Read more

Nouvelle chaire de recherche pour la Dre Kim Lavoie

July 30, 2020

L’UQAM a obtenu 3,9 millions de dollars pour la création de quatre Chaires de recherche du Canada. La professeure au Département de psychologie Kim Lavoie a obtenu une chaire de niveau 1 en médecine comportementale. Le programme de recherche développera et testera de nouvelles interventions comportementales pour améliorer les comportements de santé en contexte d’obésité, tout … Read more

Dans les bars : « Nous ne voulons pas parler de la COVID-19 »

July 27, 2020

Au Québec, le gouvernement réfléchit à la fermeture des bars qu’une cinquantaine de Montréalais s’y sont transmis le nouveau coronavirus. De nombreux pays à travers le monde se sont préoccupés de l’indiscipline dans les bars. « La perception de l’importance des mesures de prévention a beaucoup diminué entre mi-avril et mi-juin au Canada » , expose … Read more

Hugging, kissing, handshakes…not so fast.

July 22, 2020

How do you keep your distance in social settings? “I think people appreciate it is contagious but, I’m not sure they appreciate the potential problems from catching it, especially younger people who have generally been told that they will be fine (which is not actually the case,)” says Simon Bacon, behavioural medicine researcher at Concordia … Read more

How to deal with anti-maskers

July 22, 2020

Experts agree that wearing a mask is one way to slow the spread of COVID-19 until a treatment or vaccine is discovered. Still, many people refuse to wear one, saying it’s uncomfortable or a violation of their rights. We talk to behavioural psychologist Kim Lavoie about why we should all be wearing masks right now, … Read more

Why attitudes to masks have changed around the world

July 14, 2020

The number of governments recommending face coverings has gone up significantly over the past six months. The changes appear to be partly due to a better understanding of how Covid-19 spreads. There is more awareness that the risk of transmission is higher in poorly ventilated indoor spaces. Chair of behavioural medicine at the University of … Read more

Pandemic: Seven academics reflect on the moment they realized the world had changed.

July 13, 2020

Universities were among the first organizations to shut down in-person operations and pivot rapidly to remote teaching and learning in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. “Our research area is behavioural medicine – preventing disease by motivating people to do things that may require some sacrifice. I realized how the efforts to control it were … Read more

Entrevue: Comment conscientiser les jeunes au risque de la COVID-19?

July 8, 2020

Animateur à ICI-RDI Christian Latreil discuter avec Dre Kim Lavoie. « La plupart des jeunes n’écoutent pas nécessairement les communiqués de presse du gouvernement. Il faut utiliser le média qui va vraiment les rejoindre. » Source: ICI-RDI (Radio-Canada) – Écouter l’entretien

Interview: Experts call for a change in messaging when recommending mask use

July 6, 2020

A Global News (Toronto) radio interview with Dr. Kim Lavoie about the importance of the right messaging when recommending mask use and in helping people to adopt and reinforce new behaviours. Source: Global News Radio (Toronto) – Listen to the interview

Everybody’s doing it: what it’s like to live in Montreal’s only mandatory-mask zone

July 6, 2020

As the debate over masks rages around them, people in Cote-Saint-Luc are available now to answer all your questions on mask-wearing. Their suburb officially went all-in on masks since July 1. Bylaws like this are interesting partly because they circumvent one of the major reasons psychologists say people aren’t wearing masks more frequently—that they just … Read more

What social science says about convincing people to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

July 3, 2020

Protective behaviour may feel embarrassing at first, but changing the rules could help. Mandating, not just recommending, the use of non-medical masks will help convince more Canadians to wear them as the economy reopens, just as wearing seatbelts is now the norm, some social scientists and physicians say. But laws that require the wearing of … Read more

Concordia master’s student investigates the truth behind e-cigarettes and associated health risks

June 4, 2020

When electronic cigarettes first hit the market in the mid-2000s, they were marketed as a safe alternative to their combustible counterparts. And while manufacturers continue to make this argument, more and more scientific research is calling this claim into question.

COVID-19: les coureurs posent-ils un risque?

April 14, 2020

« Les coureurs que l’on croise en marchant sont-ils plus susceptibles de transmettre la COVID-19 parce qu’ils expulsent plus d’air et éventuellement de gouttelettes de salive, dû à l’effort de la course ? » Cette question revient souvent depuis les débuts de la pandémie.

Montreal researchers lead an international study of global prevention behaviours and responses

April 10, 2020

A global online survey led by researchers in Montreal is looking at how countries and their citizens are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also examining how different government responses are affecting people’s awareness, attitudes and behaviours toward the disease. “The overall goal is to feed the data back to governments and health authorities … Read more

COVID-19: Some positive news during pandemic

April 9, 2020

Montreal researchers will compile data on the number of cases, recoveries and deaths worldwide, as well as examine the kinds of policies being enacted by different national governments. Four waves of pushes are planned, with a target to reach 100,000 respondents each time.

How to manage cabin fever in a COVID-19 world

March 26, 2020

Social distancing and quarantine protocols may cause anxiety in some. While cabin fever is not a clinical diagnosis, Dr. Kim Lavoie, who is Chair of Behavioral Medicine at the University of Quebec at Montreal and Co-Director of the Montreal Behavioral Medicine Centre, says those who are used to busy, social, and active lifestyles may be … Read more

From Lowering Cancer Risk To Easing Pain, 5 Benefits Of Exercising Regularly

October 21, 2019

Some exercise is better than none and more is better than less. Even a short duration of physical activity could be enough to reduce depression, senior study author Simon Bacon of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, said. “To some degree our study reinforces this point,” the researcher added.

Studying the worldwide phenomenon of vaping and its dangers

October 15, 2019

In a puff of smoke, vaping has become a worldwide phenomenon. As more dimly-lit electronic cigarette stores set up shop across Montreal, Concordia University Health and Exercise Science masters students, Tasfia Tasbih and Florent Larue, aim to demystify the consequences of using e-cigarettes.

Concordia researcher investigates the real risks of e-cigarette use

October 1, 2019

Concordia Master’s student and MBMC researcher Tasfia Tasbih is studying the prevalence of cardiorespiratory illnesses among men and women who vape. “Most e-cigarette devices contain some of the harmful constituents of regular cigarettes,” explains Tasbih.

How grief, divorce can really tax the heart

June 2, 2019

Research has found links between mental health conditions and poorer cardiovascular health. The findings do not prove that stress disorders actually triggered heart complications but there are reasons to believe they contributed, according to Simon Bacon, co-director of the Montreal Behavioral Medicine Center and author of an editorial published with the study.

Swedish Sibling Study: High Stress Drives Up Your Risk Of A Heart Attack

April 14, 2019

Research shows that those of us who perceive a lot of stress in our lives are at higher risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems over the long term. […] The latest evidence comes from a new study of siblings in Sweden. “When people have stress disorders, these systems are being activated at all … Read more

Stress Disorders Linked to CV Disease (biggest risk seen soon after diagnosis)

April 10, 2019

The connection between mood disorders like depression and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease are “well established,” and a robust, albeit slightly contentious, literature connects cardiovascular disease with anxiety disorders. However, information is limited on the link between cardiovascular disease and other psychiatric disorders, noted Simon Bacon, MSc, PhD, of Concordia University in Montreal, in … Read more

The raging battle for free access to research findings

April 9, 2019

Dr. Robert M. Kaplan, colleague of MBMC Co-Directors Kim Lavoie, PhD and Simon Bacon, PhD, writes an op-ed article in the LA Times about the University of California reaching an impasse with one of the world’s biggest publishers of academic journals over whether the company’s publications would be included in the university’s digital library. Source: … Read more

Aerobic exercise eases depression, even in chronically ill

March 7, 2019

People with chronic health problems who suffer from depression may find their mood improve when they do aerobic exercise, a research review suggests. “One of the key messages that we see often around aerobic exercise is: something is better than nothing and more is better than less,” said senior study author Dr. Simon Bacon of … Read more

Albertans are on the verge of having instant access to some medical records

February 19, 2019

Canadians have a right to see what’s inside their medical records. It’s well established in Canadian law. But it isn’t always easy. While Alberta’s patient portal is expected to come with links to information about the tests and the results, Kim Lavoie, a clinical health psychologist and researcher at the University of Quebec in Montreal, wonders if … Read more

MBMC researchers continue to contribute to patient-oriented research

February 18, 2019

MBMC researchers continue working on the forefront of patient-oriented health research as demonstrated in newly published research and reports. Read more…

MBMC Co-Directors serving as jury members for a Manulife Prize

February 18, 2019

MBMC co-directors Drs. Simon Bacon and Kim Lavoie will serve as jury members for the 2019 Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.

Appel à la tolérance : Témoignage sur la grossophobie

February 17, 2019

Anouch, victime de grossophobie, nous parle de ce phénomène tristement répandu et appelle à la tolérance. Un témoignage partagé sur Facebook par un membre du Centre de médecine comportementale de Montréal Voir le témoignage On vous invite d’ailleurs à découvrir l’association Gras Politique qui lutte contre ce fléau !  

Les antidépresseurs, bons pour la tête et le cœur

December 11, 2018

Prendre des antidépresseurs aurait des effets bénéfiques pour la santé mentale, mais aussi pour le cœur, selon une récente étude québécoise menée par Kim Lavoie, du Département de psychologie de l’UQAM. Une bonne chose si c’est exact car, comme le tabac et la sédentarité, la dépression s’avère un des facteurs de risque de troubles cardiovasculaires. … Read more

MBMC co-directors continue as leaders in their field

September 12, 2018

MBMC Co-Directors served on expert committees in the establishment of 2018 clinical guidelines with Hypertension Canada and Diabetes Canada, as well as in identifying research priorities for behavioural trials.

Dr. Simon Bacon participates in the CCC debate series

August 27, 2018

MBMC Co-Director Dr. Simon Bacon was in Vancouver at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in October 2017 to participate in a debate about the use of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy alongside other pharmacotherapies and behavioural interventions.

Dr. Kim Lavoie part of “Dream Team” investigating opioid prescribing

August 20, 2018

Doctors in Canada prescribe more opioids per capita than any other country, though their risks are well-known and long-term benefits unclear. Non-opioid alternative therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, are often cited by many national guidelines as treatment alternatives.

MBMC Co-Directors Drs. Kim Lavoie and Simon Bacon speak at the Montreal March for Science

August 29, 2017

Watch Drs. Kim Lavoie and Simon Bacon speak during the Montreal March for Science held in April 2017 (videos)

Public Lecture: Patient-Oriented Research in Diabetes

June 16, 2017

During her talk, Dr Molly Byrne will discuss strengths and challenges of stakeholder-engaged research. She will talk about a number of studies she has conducted, all which have used strategies to engage end-users of the research. These include a research prioritisation exercise which sought the views of people with diabetes, services providers and policy makers … Read more

Behavioural Medicine in the Spotlight for its Role in Chronic Disease Prevention

June 14, 2017

Both Dr. Lavoie and Dr. Bacon’s work has long been focused on increasing the visibility and impact of behavioural science in health science research. Both newly appointed to research chairs, they are poised continue promoting the vast potential of this field of medicine in addressing one of the world’s most important health challenges, chronic diseases. … Read more

Médecine comportementale : la psychologie vient à la rescousse

May 25, 2017

Trop souvent, le comportement d’un patient va à l’encontre de son propre bien. Comment expliquer, par exemple, que 65 % des médicaments prescrits par des spécialistes de la santé ne sont pas consommés? Certains patients font de l’évitement, car ils n’aiment pas l’idée d’être malades, tandis que d’autres avec des conditions qui n’ont, la plupart … Read more

Comment mieux prévenir les maladies chroniques

May 24, 2017

Les maladies chroniques sont responsables pour le plus haut taux de mortalité au monde. Comment peut-on arriver à mieux les prévenir mais aussi à reconnaitre les comportements qui nous mènent vers les maladies chroniques?

Quand les mauvaises habitudes rendent malade

May 24, 2017

Les maladies chroniques ont beaucoup de facteurs de risque comportementaux et psychologiques communs. Parmi eux, il y a le tabagisme, la mauvaise alimentation, l’inactivité physique, la sédentarité, la surconsommation d’alcool et le stress.

Public Evening Conference on Pneumology

April 11, 2017

A great evening conference showcasing the great work of Hôpital Sacré-Coeur’s pneumology department and researchers – including those from the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC).

In denial: Why do we often ignore medical symptoms, when we know better?

January 17, 2017

Ignoring symptoms of a disease with a high mortality rate is a surprisingly common phenomenon, says Dr. Kim Lavoie, co-director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre and a psychology professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal. “People will cognitively avoid things they don’t want to be real; it’s a natural defence mechanism,” she says.

Just 30 minutes a day: Regular exercise relieves asthma symptoms

October 12, 2015

Millions of people suffer from asthma. Many report having poor control of their symptoms. Fortunately, new research shows there is a simple antidote: 30 minutes of exercise a day, year-round.

Aerobic exercise helpful for asthma

July 17, 2015

Health | Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:22pm EDT By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – People with moderate to severe asthma who add aerobic exercise to their treatment regimen may have an easier time controlling common symptoms than people who rely on drugs alone, a small study suggests. Patients randomly assigned to a three-month treadmill exercise … Read more

New Vaccine Poll – Measles outbreak won’t sway parents to get kids vaccinated

March 11, 2015

Dr. Kim Lavoie talks to CTV News Montreal about the emotional component of parents’ choice not to vaccinate their kids

Hypertension & Lifestyle Modifications

December 13, 2014

Talk by Dr. Simon Bacon “Lifestyle Modification as a Prescription for Hypertension” in which he talks about, in particular, physical exercise and stress management.

La pensée positive peut-elle aider à guérir ?

March 9, 2014

La force de notre pensée peut-elle nous aider à guérir? Très en vogue, ce courant de pensée est fort séduisant. Mais est-il fondé? Les preuves sont insuffisantes: «Je crois honnêtement que le lien existe probablement, mais pour prouver cela, les études devront être réalisées sur une longue période…», explique Kim Lavoie

Active seniors more likely to ‘age successfully’

November 25, 2013

People who take up fitness later in life are more likely to “age successfully” and stay healthy compared with those who remain couch potatoes, a large British study finds.

Living with children linked to less exercise

July 20, 2010

Published in: theGlobeandMail.com | Globe Life | July 20, 2010 A study conducted at the Montreal Heart Institute has yielded a surprising result – living with children is linked to a reduction in physical activity. Concordia University professor Doctor Simon L. Bacon led the study with included 7556 participants. The study assessed the impact of … Read more

Déceler le trouble panique chez les travailleurs ayant des problèmes respiratoires

June 23, 2010

Les objectifs de la thèse sont d’évaluer la prévalence du trouble panique (TP) chez une population de travailleurs et d’en mesurer l’influence sur le plan médical, la symptomatologie et les répercussions sur la qualité de vie.

Vivre avec des enfants: c’est pas du sport!

June 21, 2010

Publié sur: Le Devoir.com | 21 juillet 2010 Société / Santé / En bref Vivre avec des enfants ne permet pas de maintenir la forme. Au contraire, cette situation est associée à une pratique de l’activité physique réduite. Le constat émane d’une étude menée à l’Institut de cardiologie de Montréal (ICM). Des chercheurs ont voulu … Read more

Better education associated with improved asthma

December 17, 2009

ScienceDaily | December 17, 2009 Individuals with more education suffer less from asthma. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Respiratory Research have found that having less than 12 years of formal schooling is associated with worse asthma symptoms. Drs. Kim Lavoie and Simon Bacon from the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Canada, worked … Read more

Drs. Bacon and Lavoie with their daughter

All in the Family

September 23, 2009

Dr. Lavoie serves on the HFSC scientific review committee. A study by Dr. Bacon investigating anxiety disorders, depression, and their links to high blood pressure was featured in a news release from the 2008 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, hosted in part by the HSFC. They met in 2001 when Dr. Bacon, from England, and Dr. Lavoie, … Read more

Five medical reasons you need to stress less

June 8, 2009

By Janet Rowe | Homemakers.com | June 8, 2009 All that worry and anxiety can really put a strain on your body and make you sick. Find out why prioritizing stress relief may be just what the doctor ordered. Why stress is bad for your health A temperamental teen. Moving day and half the house … Read more

Anxiety disorders latest worry in high blood pressure

October 27, 2008

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2008 / CNW Telbec Family doctors and psychiatrists should carefully monitor the heart health of patients with anxiety disorders, Dr. Simon Bacon told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2008, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. “People with anxiety disorders are four times more likely to develop high … Read more

Gene study: Exercise may not improve mood

March 17, 2008

The widely accepted view that exercise helps dispel depression and anxiety is misleading, since a common set of genes makes the most mentally healthy also the most prone to exercising.

Awareness of heart pain reflected in woman’s age

March 12, 2008

By Marilyn Elias, USA TODAY | usatoday.com | March 12, 2008 Younger women with coronary blockages that raise their risk for heart attacks are less likely than post-menopausal women to feel chest pain with exercise, a key warning signal for heart disease, a study suggested Wednesday. Although women usually don’t have first heart attacks until … Read more

Tension can Break Hearts

September 21, 2004

By Susan Hayes | Prevention.com | September 21, 2004 Protect your blood-pumping muscle by increasing relaxation and exercise time Garden-variety stress–little spats, minor frustrations, short-lived blue moods–can raise your odds for fatal and irregular heartbeats, new research suggests. When 135 heart patients tracked their moods for 2 days while wearing portable heart monitors, scientists found … Read more

Happiness Makes a Heart Beat Longer

April 26, 2004

By Jerome Burne, Times Online | timesonline.co.uk | April 26, 2004 Encouraging positive emotions has significant health benefits, a new study shows It has long been recognised that positive emotions are linked with living longer and negative ones with a poorer outcome. What has not been so clear is why: only last week, for instance, … Read more