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Carol Hudon,
Ph.D.

Full Professor
Université Laval

Researcher
Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale

Psychologist (neuropsychologist)
Ordre des psychologues du Québec


Development of novel methods for early detection, and non-pharmacological treatments of cognitive decline during aging

Dr. Hudon is a neuropsychologist who develops approaches to better diagnose and treat disorders that occur most often in the elderly population, such as mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Early detection increases the likelihood that a change in lifestyle and certain treatments may delay the progression of the disease, significantly improving the quality of life of people affected.

Dr. Hudon uses and tests neuropsychological assessment and magnetic resonance imaging methods to detect Alzheimer's disease early. He also studies the role of depressive and anxiety symptoms as well as the contribution of sleep difficulties in predicting the cognitive decline that leads to Alzheimer's disease.

The treatments developed by Dr. Hudon aim to improve cognitive functioning and reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms as well as sleep difficulties for people at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Among the treatments developed and tested by this researcher are physical activity, mindfulness meditation, psychotherapy and cognitive training.

Overall, Dr. Hudon's research will lead to slower cognitive decline as we age and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.


My research interests pertains to neuropsychological assessment as well as the early diagnosis and prevention of cognitive decline in elderly people.


Isabelle Tremblay (Research professional)
Andréanne Parent (Research professional)

Alexandre St-Hilaire (D.Psy student)
Anne-Marie Chouinard (D.Psy student)
Camille Parent (Ph.D. student)
Céline Mavounza (Ph.D. student)
Cristel Charbonneau (D.Psy student)
Eddy Larouche (Ph.D. student)
Marie-Eve Gagnon (Ph.D. student)
Marie-Pier Tremblay (Ph.D. student)
Mélanie Gallant (D.Psy student)
Mélissa Dion (Ph.D. student)
Mélissa Mailloux (D.Psy student)
Nélia Sofia Domingues (D.Psy student)
Rosalie Savard (D.Psy student)
Valérie Morin-Alain (D.Psy student)

Élie Marticotte (Research assistant)
Éric Arsenault (Research assistant)
Laurianne Mailloux (Research assistant)
Valérie Turcotte (Research assistant)


Tremblay, M.P., Potvin, O., Belleville, S., Bier, N., Gagnon, L., Blanchet, S., Domingues, N.S., Gaudreau, G., Macoir, J., & Hudon, C. (2016). The Victoria Stroop Test: Normative data in Quebec-French adults and elderly. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. Published online on May 30th. doi:10.1093/arclin/acw029

Callahan, B.L., Simard, M., Mouiha, A., Rousseau, F., Laforce, Robert Jr, & Hudon, C. (2016). Impact of depressive symptoms on memory for emotional words in mild cognitive impairment and late-life depression. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Published online March 22. DOI: 10.3233/JAD-150585.

Gaudreau, G., Monetta, L., Macoir, J., Poulin, S., Laforce, R. Jr., & Hudon, C. (2015). Mental State Inferences Abilities Contribution to Verbal Irony Comprehension in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Behavioural Neurology, Vol. 2015 (2015), Article ID 685613, 9 pages. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bn/2015/685613/

Larouche, E., Hudon, C., & Goulet, S. (2015). Potential benefits of mindfulness-based interventions in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease: An interdisciplinary perspective. Behavioural Brain Research, 276, 199-212. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2014.05.058

Tremblay, M.P., Potvin, O., Callahan, B.L., Belleville, S., Gagnon, J.F., Caza, N., Macoir, J., & Hudon, C. (2014). Normative Data for the Rey-Osterrieth and the Taylor Complex Figure Tests in Quebec-French People. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acu069

Belleville, S., Fouquet, C., Duchesne, S., Collins, L., Hudon, C., and the CIMA-Q group (2014). Detecting early preclinical Alzheimer’s disease via cognition, neuropsychiatry, and neuroimaging: Qualitative review and recommendations for testing. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 42, S375–S382.
http://iospress.metapress.com/content/c6q2807237r21785/?p=7b40f4592b014b....

Callahan, B.L., Joubert, S., Tremblay, M.P., Macoir, J., Belleville, S., Rousseau, F., Bouchard, R., Verret, L., & Hudon, C. (2014). Semantic memory impairment for biological and man-made objects in individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment or late-life depression. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. [E-pub ahead of print: October 24] doi: 10.1177/0891988714554708

Dion, M., Potvin, O., Belleville, S., Ferland, G., Renaud, M., Bherer, L., Joubert, S., Vallet, G.T., Simard, M., Rouleau, I., Lecomte, S., Macoir, J., & Hudon, C. (2014). Normative data for the Rappel libre/Rappel indicé à 16 items (16-item Free and Cued Recall) in the elderly Quebec-French population. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2014.915058.

Gaudreau, G., Monetta, L., Macoir, J., Laforce, R. Jr, Poulin, S., & Hudon, C. (2013). Verbal irony comprehension in older adults with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology, 27(6), 702-712. doi : 10.1037/a0034655.

Morin, J.F., Mouiha, A., Pientrantonio, S., Duchesne, S., & Hudon, C. (2012). Structural Neuroimaging of Concomitant Depressive Symptoms in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra, 2, 573-588. doi: 10.1159/000345234

Potvin, O., Lorrain, D., Forget, H., Dubé, M., Grenier, S., Préville, M., & Hudon, C. (2012). Sleep quality and 1-year incident cognitive impairment in community-dwelling older adults. Sleep. 35(4), 491-499. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1732.

Brunet, J., Hudon, C., Macoir, J., Belleville, S., Rousseau, F., Bouchard, R.W., Verret, L., Chertkow, H., Chayer, C., Kergoat, M.J., & Joubert, S. (2011). The relation between depressive symptoms and semantic memory in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and in late-life depression. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17(5), 865-874. doi : 10.1017/S1355617711000877

Potvin, O., Forget, H., Grenier, S., Préville, M., & Hudon, C. (2011). Anxiety, depression, and 1-year incident cognitive impairment in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(8), 1421-1428. doi : 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03521.x

Hudon, C., Villeneuve, S., & Belleville, S. (2011). The effect of semantic orientation at encoding on free recall performance in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and probable Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33(6), 631-638. doi : 10.1080/13803395.2010.547663

Beaulieu-Bonneau, S., & Hudon, C. (2009). Sleep disturbances in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. International Psychogeriatrics, 21(4), 654-666. doi: 10.1017/S1041610209009120

Hudon, C., Belleville, S., & Gauthier, S. (2009). The assessment of recognition memory using the Remember/Know procedure in amnestic Mild cognitive impairment and probable Alzheimer’s disease. Brain and Cognition, 70(1), 171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2009.01.009.

Hudon, C., Belleville, S., & Gauthier, S. (2008). The association between depressive and cognitive symptoms in amnestic Mild cognitive impairment. International Psychogeriatrics, 20(4), 710-723. doi: 10.1017/S1041610208007114.

Hudon, C., Belleville, S., Souchay, C., Gély-Nargeot, M.C., Chertkow, H., & Gauthier, S. (2006). Memory for gist and detail information in Alzheimer’s disease and Mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology, 20(5), 566-577. doi: 10.1037/0894-4105.20.5.566.


Following a postdoctoral internship at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal on the characterization of early symptoms in Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Hudon has been nominated Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology of Université Laval. He has been appointed as Full Professor in June 2015. His research interests pertains to neuropsychological assessment as well as the early diagnosis and prevention of cognitive decline in elderly people. His research work is financed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, the Réseau québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.


Salary awards from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (2006-2017)

Honored researcher by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Laval (2013)

Certificate of Academic Excellency - Canadian Psychological Society (2003)


Keywords: 
aging, Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, subjective cognitive decline, neuropsychology, prevention

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