Serge Sultan , Ph.D.
    Serge Sultan
    Research Axis
    Immune Diseases and Cancer Axis
    Research Theme
    Cancers: mechanisms, new therapeutic approaches and disease outcomes

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    • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal
    • Associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, Université de Montréal
    • Investigator, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
    • Head, Centre of Psycho-Oncology, Centre de Cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
    • Head, Quality of Life lab, CHU Sainte-Justine

    Internship opportunity(ies)

    No open position


    • Habilitation in Psychology (2003), Université Paris 10 – Nanterre (France)
    • PhD, Psychology (1999), Université Paris 10 – Nanterre (France)

    Research Interests

    Following my experience as head of a research unit in psycho-oncology and health psychology at Université Paris Descartes, I have been appointed at the departments of psychology and pediatrics at U of Montreal. My lab is at the Cancer Care Centre at CHU Sainte-Justine.

    My research encompasses core topics in psycho-oncology. We study psychosocial factors associated with the cancer trajectory in children, families and friends. I focus on 1) Evaluating and improving emotional distress and quality of life; 2) Understanding and improving clinical empathy in care.

    Research Topics

    • Psycho-Oncology
    • Health psychology
    • Cancer
    • Quality of Life
    • Intervention development
    • Intervention evaluation
    • Measures of behavioural and affective functioning

    Awards and Distinctions

    • VIE Project : Valorisation, Implication, Éducation. A research program to improve healthy lifestyles in children being treated for cancer. Grant support by the Sobeys Foundation / Charles Bruneau Foundation 2016-2021.
      PI : Daniel Sinnett; co-PIs : Valérie Marcil, Daniel Curnier, Serge Sultan
    • PSY-ALL : Long-term psychoaffective status in pediatric leukemia survivors : Description, association with cognitive status, identification strategy, and treatment impact. Grant support by the FRQs-Cancer Grant 2014-2016.
      PI : Serge Sultan ; Co-applicants and collaborators : Sarah Lippé, Maja Krajinovic, Caroline Laverdière


    • Sultan, S. (2016, juin). Why clinicians are only moderately accurate in inferring feelings and thoughts of adult patients with cancer? The role of emotional expressivity and biases in self-judgments. 77e Congrès annuel de la Société canadienne de Psychologie, Victoria, Canada.
    • Sultan, S (2016, juin). Original results at fair cost in pediatric psycho-oncology research. 77e Congrès annuel de la Société canadienne de Psychologie, Victoria, Canada.
    • Sultan, S., Lippé, S., Streff, A., Abate, C., Krajinovic, M., Sinnett, D. & Laverdière, C. (2015, juillet). Differential effect of health status dimensions on psychological distress in a cohort of childhood ALL survivors. International Psycho-Oncology Society. Washington DC.
    • Sultan, S., Abate, C., Krajinovic, M., Sinnett, D. & Laverdière, C. (2015, juillet). Differences between fathers and mothers of childhood ALL survivors: Description and differential factors. International Psycho-Oncology Society. Washington DC


    • Sultan, S., Rondeau, É., Levasseur, M. C., Dicaire, R., Decaluwe, H., & Haddad, É. (2017). Quality of Life, Treatment Beliefs, and Treatment Satisfaction in Children Treated for Primary Immunodeficiency with SCIg. Journal of Clinical Immunology, 1-9.
    • Gouveia, L., Janvier, A., Dupuis, F., Duval, M., Sultan, S. (2017). Examining the role of two perspective taking strategies for detecting distress amongst parents of children with cancer: A randomised trial. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0175342
    • Avoine-Blondin, J., Parent, V., Lahaye, M., Humbert, N., Duval, M., Sultan, S. (2017). Identifying Domains of Quality of Life of Children with Cancer in Palliative Care: A Qualitative Study with Professionals (2017). Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-10.
    • Lamothe, M., Rondeau, E., Malboeuf-Hurtubise, C., Duval, M., Sultan, S. (2016). Outcomes of Mindfulness in Health Care Providers: A Systematic Review with a Focus on Empathy and Emotion Competencies, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 24, 19-28.
    • Sultan, S., Leclair, T., Rondeau, E., Burns, W., & Abate, C. (2015). A systematic review on the determinants and consequences of parental distress as related to childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 1-22. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12361

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