Marie-Noelle Simard , Ph.D.
    Marie-Noelle Simard
    Research Axis
    Fetomaternal and Neonatal Pathologies Axis
    Research Theme
    Fetal development and prematurity

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    • Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation School, Faculty of Médicine, University of Montréal (as of June 2013)


    • Postdoctorate, Laval University, 2013
    • Doctorate, University of Montreal, 2009
    • Master’s (MSc), University of Montreal, 2003
    • Bachelor’s (Occupational Therapy), University of Montreal, 2001

    Research Interests

    Marie-Noelle Simard is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal and has been a young investigator at the Sainte-Justine UHC since June 2013. She developed her expertise in assessing the neurodevelopmental profiles of children at risk of presenting/having neurodevelopmental disorders during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies. Her main research interests focus on defining best practices in the early screening of neurodevelopmental disorders. As part of her research program, she will pursue the following three objectives: (1) to document current screening practices in order to propose a combination of relevant tools that cover all developmental areas and consolidate a wide spectrum of disorders, while respecting the contingencies of their application in real settings; (2) to pretest the feasibility of using this combination of tools in populations with varying risks and its efficacy in the early identification of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and (3) to implement a screening strategy in various practice settings based on a knowledge transfer process toward the health network. In conjunction with these three objectives, she is also interested in documenting the profiles of populations with neurodevelopmental disorders in various areas of development as well as identifying the most predictive early signs of a specific disorder as well as documenting trajectories.

    In addition to implementing various projects related to her research program, she is also actively involved in the Integrated Research Network in Perinatology of Quebec and Eastern Ontario (Réseau intégré de recherche en périnatalité du Québec et de l’est de l’Ontario - IRNPQEO) directed by Dr. William Fraser.

    Research Topics

    • Childhood Neurodevelopment
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • Early Identification/Screening
    • Populations at Risk
    • Prematurity
    • Sensory Processing
    • Neurological Examination

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Postdoctoral training award (FRQ-S), Postdoctoral training award program in the areas of Clinical and Epidemiological Research and Research on Health and Society (Sept. 2012-2014)
    • Postdoctoral training award (FRQ-S), declined (2010-2013)
    • Doctoral thesis rated among the top 5% of the theses in the field (2009)
    • Thesis grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Montreal (2008-2009)
    • Doctoral training award from a CIHR grant (2006-2009)
    • Scholarship, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center (2004)
    • Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Montreal (2004)
    • Training award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Montreal (2003)


    • Simard, Couture, Gisel, Fombonne & Kirby (accepté). Sensory Processing Disorders Patterns in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. . International Meeting for Autism Research by the International Society for Autism Research, San Sebastian, Espagne, Mai 2013.
    • Simard, Couture, Gisel & Fombonne (Juin 2012). Comparison of sensory processing measures with children diagnosed with autism. Congrés de l’Association canadienne des ergothérapeutes,Québec, QC.
    • Simard, Couture, Gisel & Fombonne (Mai 2012). Stress in Parents of Preschoolers Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Meeting for Autism Research by the International Society for Autism Research, Toronto, ON.
    • Simard & Couture (Avril 2012). Impact of Child Characteristics of Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorderson Parental Stress. Congrès annuel du Pediatric Academic Societies, Boston,MA.
    • Simard, Fombonne, Gisel & Couture (7 juin 2011). Comparaison entre le Sensory Profile et le Sensory Processing Measure dans une cohorte d’enfants atteints d’un trouble envahissant du développement. Journée annuelle de la recherché de la Faculté de médecine de l’Université Laval,Québec, QC.
    • Simard, Fombonne, Gisel & Couture (12 mai 2011). Comparison of the Sensory Profile and the Sensory Processing Measure in a cohort of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. International Meeting for Autism Research by the International Society for Autism Research, May 2011, San Diego, CA.
    • Simard, Lambert, Lachance, Audibert & Gosselin (May 1st, 2010). Prediction of developmental performance at 24 months corrected age: Contribution of the neurological assessment at term age. Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, Canada.
    • Luu, Simard, Lachance, & Gosselin (1er mai 2010). Developmental assessment in moderately preterm infants in the first 2 years of life: are screening questionnaires enough? Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, Canada.
    • Deschênes, Lambert, Simard, Lachance, Audibert, & Gosselin. (2008). Pedictive validity of the Amiel-Tison Neurological Assessment at Term (ATNAT). Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.
    • Simard, Lambert, Lachance, Audibert, Deschênes, Amiel-Tison, & Gosselin (2007). Stability of neurological signs detected at term age: valid markers to definite appropriate eligibility criteria for systematic neurodevelopmental follow-up in moderately preterm infants. Acta Paediatrica, 96, (Suppl. 456), 171.

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