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Social Sciences and Humanities; Medical Sciences

Serge Sultan

Promouvoir une Qualité de Vie optimale chez les personnes malades et leurs familles

Professeur titulaire

Faculté de médecine - Département de pédiatrie

Professeur titulaire

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de psychologie

Marie-Victorin, room C-348

514 343-6111 #20727

Secondary number: 514 345-4931 #7068 (Travail 1)


Research expertise

My research lies at the crossroads of health psychology and clinical psychology.

In my current work, two lines of research can be distinguished. First, I am trying to identify the psychological repercussions of disease, taking account of the central aspects of quality of life and adjustment to the illness.

I am interested in measuring and detecting the emotional distress and psychopathological repercussions of disease. This modelling and the subsequent measurement are an essential step leading to psychological intervention. Second, I study relations between patients and caregivers, through concepts like empathetic understanding. I am trying to define and measure clinical empathy, to understand the factors promoting and inhibiting empathy, and to assess the health effects of clinical empathy.

In particular, I am developing research in the field of cancer and psychosocial oncology, taking account of the impact of and adjustment to illness for the individual, couples and family. Accordingly, my work concerns both child and adult psychology.

My work is based on a constant back and forth between research and practice, so as to ask clinically relevant research questions and to enrich clinical activity with new data.

My laboratory is based at the CHU Sainte-Justine research centre, where I am responsible for the quality of life theme of the Centre of Excellence in Immunology-Hematology-Oncology. This team also welcomes doctoral candidates, post-doctoral fellows, and MSc and honours thesis students.


Depuis 2018: Professeur titulaire, Département de Psychologie, Université de Montréal

Depuis 2018: Professeur titulaire, Département de Pédiatrie, Université de Montréal


  • 2003 — Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches HDR — — Université Paris 10 Nanterre
  • 1999 — Doctorat — PsychologieUniversité Paris 10 - Nanterre

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Affiliations and responsabilities

Teaching and supervision Currently recruiting

Recruitment in research Currently recruiting

Nous accueillons des étudiants de partout et de divers horizons : sciences de la santé, psychologie et domaines des sciences humaines. Nous avons une excellente équipe, d'excellents sujets et offrons un solide soutien à nos stagiaires. Contactez nous ! / We welcome students from everywhere from various backgrounds, Heath sciences, Psychology, as well as Humanities. We have a great team, great topics, and offer strong support to our fellows. Contact us!

Student supervision

Post-doctoral Supervision

Nous accueillons régulièrement des stagiaires post-doctoraux provenant de disciplines variées. Contactez-nous !

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)

Theses and dissertation supervision

Nous accueillons régulièrement des doctorants de divers horizons. Contactez-nous !


Research projects

2019 - 2020

RQSPAL/Étude préparatoire à la construction d'un outil d'évaluation formelle de la Qualité de Vie en soins palliatifs pédiatriques.

Co-researchers : Serge Sultan
Funding sources: FRQS/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRSQ)
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Réseaux thématiques de recherche
2015 - 2016

Recherche touchant aux soins palliatifs pédiatriques dans les pays du Sud.

Lead researcher : Serge Sultan
Funding sources: Médecins du Monde
Grant programs:
2014 - 2016


Lead researcher : Serge Sultan
Funding sources: FRQS/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRSQ)
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Recherches sur le cancer
2011 - 2013


Lead researcher : Serge Sultan
Funding sources: Fondation de l'Hôpital Ste-Justine
Grant programs:


Publications and presentations


Liste complète

Articles sélectionnés:

Lamothe, M., Rondeau, É., Duval, M., McDuff, P., Pastore, Y., Sultan, S. (2020). Changes in hair cortisol and self-reported stress measures following mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR): A proof-of-concept study in pediatric hematology-oncology professionals. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 41, 101249.

Ogez, D., Aramideh, J., Mizrahi, T., Charest, M.-C., Plante, C., Duval, M., & Sultan, S. (2020). Does practising hypnosis-derived communication techniques by oncology nurses translate into reduced pain and distress in their patients? An exploratory study. British Journal of Pain, 1-8. doi:10.1177/2049463720932949

Bourque, C. J., Bonanno, M., Dumont, É., Gaucher, N., Lacoste-Julien, A., Gomez-Tyo, M., Langlet, M.-F., & Sultan, S. (2020). The Integration of Resource Patients in Collaborative Research: A Mixed Method Assessment of the Nesting Dolls Design. Patient Education and Counseling.

Leclerc, A.-A., Lippé, S., Bertout, L., Chapados, P., Boulet-Craig, A., Drouin, S., Krajinovic, M., Laverdière, C., Michon, B., Robaey, P., Rondeau, É., Sinnett, D., & Sultan, S. (2020). Inconsistencies between measures of cognitive dysfunction in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivors: description and understanding. Psycho-Oncology. doi:10.1002/pon.5410

Ogez, D., Bourque, C.J., Péloquin, K., Ribeiro, R., Bertout, L., Curnier, D., Drouin, S., Laverdière, C., Marcil, V., Rondeau, É., Sinnett, D., & Sultan, S. (2019). Definition and improvement of the concept and tools of a psychosocial intervention program for parents in pediatric oncology: a mixed-methods feasibility study conducted with parents and healthcare professionals. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5(1), 20. doi:10.1186/s40814-019-0407-8

Burns, W., Péloquin, K., Rondeau, É., Drouin, S., Bertout, L., Lacoste-Julien, A., Krajinovic, M., Laverdière, C., Sinnett, D., & Sultan, S. (2018). Cancer-related effects on relationships, long-term psychological status and relationship satisfaction in couples whose child was treated for leukemia: A PETALE study. PLoS One, 13(9), e0203435. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0203435

Anestin, A. S., Lippé, S., Robaey, P., Bertout, L., Drouin, S., Krajinovic, M., Michon, B., Rondeau, É., Samoilenko, M., Laverdière, C., Sinnett, D., & Sultan, S. (2018). Psychological risk in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and its association with functional health status: A PETALE cohort study. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 65, e27356.

Avoine-Blondin, J., Parent, V., Fasse, L., Lopez, C., Humbert, N., Duval, M., & Sultan, S. (2018). How do professionals assess the quality of life of children with advanced cancer receiving palliative care, and what are their recommendations for improvement? BMC Palliative Care, 17(1), 71. doi:10.1186/s12904-018-0328-y

Abate, C., Lippé, S., Bertout, L., Drouin, S., Krajinovic, M., Rondeau, É., Sinnett, D., Laverdière, C., & Sultan, S. (2018). Could we use parent report as a valid proxy of child report on anxiety, depression, and distress? A systematic investigation of father–mother–child triads in children successfully treated for leukemia. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 65(2), e26840. doi:10.1002/pbc.26840


  • Psychology
  • Pediatrics

Areas of expertise

  • Quality of life
  • Psychologie de la santé
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • Emotional distress
  • Empathy
  • Psychosomatics
  • Chronic disease
  • Affect regulation
  • Psychological assessment
  • Depression