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Interdisciplinary Research Program on Child Mental Health (PRISME)


The Interdisciplinary Research Program on Child Mental Health (PRISME) at UQO brings together undergraduate and graduate psychology students who have a strong interest in children's mental health and social relationships. At PRISME, we are particularly interested in the influence of children's social relationships on their mental health. One of our goals is to identify the factors that make it difficult for some children to make and keep friends and to be accepted by others. One of our goals is to understand the impact of these social difficulties on children's mental health over time as well as the protective factors that promote the development of harmonious interpersonal relationships. Some of our studies are conducted on young children with an Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) while other projects are conducted on children with a typical development. We are also interested in the cognitive dimensions and cultural peculiarities associated with ADHD. We are also developing and evaluating innovative intervention programs aimed at fostering quality friendships and mental health among youth with ADHD. Finally, we are developing and evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of new patient-centered programs to engage families with newly diagnosed children with ADHD to initiate evidence-based treatments.

Sébastien Normand

Research Interests

  • Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Psychosocial treatment of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder

  • Friendships between children

  • Observational methods

  • Patient Engagement Study

  • Patient-centered care

  • Group intervention

  • Randomized controlled trial

  • Developmental psychopathology

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy for children and adolescents

Significant work

  • Normand, S., Ambrosoli, J., Guiet, J., *Soucisse, M. M., Schneider, B.H., Maisonneuve, M.-F., Lee, M.D., & Tassi, F. (2017). Behaviors associated with negative affect in the friendships of children with ADHD. Psychiatry Research, 247, 222-224. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.11.041.


  • Mikami, A.Y. & Normand, S. (2015). The importance of social contextual factors in peer relationships of children with ADHD. Current Developmental Disorders Reports. doi:10.1007/s40474-014-0036-0.


  • Normand, S. & Tannock, R. (2014). Screening for working memory deficits in the classroom: The psychometric properties of the Working Memory Rating Scale in a longitudinal school-based study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 18, 294-304. doi:10.1177/1087054712445062.


  • Normand, S., Schneider, B.H., Lee, M.D., Maisonneuve, M.-.F., Chupetloskva-Anastasova, A., Kuehn, S.M., & Robaey, P. (2013). Continuities and changes in the friendships of children with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder : A longitudinal, observational study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 1161-1175. doi:10.1007/s10802-013-9753-9.


  • Normand, S., Flora, D.B., Toplak, M., & Tannock, R. (2012). Evidence for a general ADHD factor from a longitudinal general school population study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 555-567. doi: 10.1007/s10802-011-9584-5.


  • Normand, S., Schneider, B.H., Lee, M.D., Maisonneuve, M.F., Kuehn, S.M., & Robaey, P. (2011). How do children with ADHD (mis)manage their real-life dyadic friendships? A multimethod investigation. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 293-305. doi: 10.1007/s10802-010-9450-x.


  • Schneider, B. H., Normand, S., Soteras de Toro, M., Santana Gonzalez, Y., Guilarte Tellez, J. A., Carbonell Naranjo, M., Musle, M., et al. (2011). Distinguishing features of Cuban children referred for professional help because of ADHD: Looking beyond the symptoms. Journal of Attention Disorders, 15, 328-337. doi: 10.1177/1087054709356161.

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