Dr. Anne Sophie Champod
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the Université de Montréal during which I became interested in a variety of basic and applied topics within the field of neuropsychology. I went on to complete a PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. In Dr. Michael Petrides’ laboratory at the Montreal Neurological Institute, I conducted fMRI studies showing a dissociation in the roles of the prefrontal and posterior parietal cortex in working memory processes. Additionally, my doctoral research included a collaborative project aimed at transferring developments in functional neuroimaging of high-order cognitive functions to the evaluation of patients with brain tumours who are candidates for brain tumour removal. Throughout my doctoral studies, I completed clinical practica mainly in pre- and post-operative neuropsychological assessment of surgical patients with epilepsy and brain tumours. My clinical internship was completed at the University of Manitoba in the Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Stream working with stroke and other neurological populations.
Over the years, my research and clinical activities have increased my awareness of the critical need for the development of scientifically-based assessment and intervention tools in neuropsychological rehabilitation. My resulting interest in rehabilitation research has prompted me to pursue postdoctoral studies at Dalhousie University focused on developing evidence-based cognitive retraining interventions in stroke patients. More specifically, my current postdoctoral research in the Cognitive Health and Recovery Research Laboratory (supervisor: Dr. Gail Eskes) focuses on the development of interventions targeting spatial attention skills that are frequently affected in stroke. I am also involved in projects looking at other stroke-related topics, such as cognitive predictors of stroke outcomes, and effects of hypoxia on working memory as a model for sleep apnea, a common comorbidity in stroke.