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Briand, Catherine

Ph.D. in Biomedical sciences

Research, Research Centre, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal
Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

Tel. : 514-251-4000, poste 3547

Research axis

Population health and services

Areas of expertise

Occupational therapy, rehabilitation, severe mental disorders, technology and knowledge transfer and exchange.


Catherine Briand is interested in rehabilitation and implementation of recovery-oriented services as well as improving rehabilitation services for people with severe mental disorders (SMD) in Quebec. Her projects relate to the implementation and integration of the best rehabilitation practices in the mental health system of Quebec. Dr. Briand also addresses issues that impede or promote the application of knowledge in best practices.

She founded the Centre d’études sur la réadaptation, le rétablissement et l’insertion sociale (CÉRRIS) that highlights best practices in mental health rehabilitation and supports networking among health professionnals, clinicians, researchers and those involved in the improvement of rehabilitation services for people with SMD.

She also founded the Centre québécois de référence à l’approche IPT that aims to train and support clinicians in Quebec to use the program of psychological therapies for people with schizophrenia.

Research projects

  • Evaluation of the Program ‘Let’s Cook Together’ (Le Mûrier, 2013-2015): This program offers individualized home cooking workshops for people with mental illness.

  • Food club pilot project in the East of Montreal (Le Mûrier, 2014-2015): Documenting the set up of a food club in the east of Montreal offering various workshops (cooking, gardening, physical activity) in partnership with the organization le Mûrier.

  • Evaluation of the programme ‘Building links through sing’ (Société Québécoise de Schizophrénie and CERRIS, 2012-2014): Evaluation of the beneficial effect of the program ‘Create links through song’ promoted by the Quebec Society of Schizophrenia that enables people living with a mental health disorder to use song learning to regain control over their lives.

  • Evaluation of the activities of the Organization's activities ‘Les Impatients’ (Les Impatients and CERRIS, 2014-2015): Docuemntation about the use of the Arts in the recovery of people with mental health problems and about the satisfaction and perceived benefits of the artistic approach used by the Organization nammed ‘Les Impatients’.

  • Food Insecurity (Le Mûrier, 2013-2014): Documentation of food insecurity problems and exploration of different tools to measure food security among clients suffering from serious mental illness taking care themselves by cooking in partnership with the Organization ‘Le Mûrier’.

  • RéadApps (Bell and Foundation IUSMM, 2011-2014): Development and validation of an application for smartphones for customers with serious mental disorders in the rehabilitation process.

  • Issues and Rehabilitation (CIHR 2009-2014): Construction of logical models of rehabilitation programs for people with serious mental disorders in three typical regions of Quebec to identify challenges of the rehabilitation services and the implementation of best practices. 

Grants and awards

    • To facilitate the dissemination and optimal use of research data in community mental health teams providing monitoring in the Quebec community: Civil society partners and use of ICTs (MESRST, ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations, principal investigator 2015-2018).
    • To understand the issues of implementation of Integrated Psychological Therapy in prisons and for forensic clients suffering from schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders (CIHR, principal investigator, 2014-2016).
    • Evaluating the model strengths of case management for people with severe mental illness: A multi-province study (CIHR, co-investigator, 2014-2017).
    •  Mental Health Recovery in Canada: Developing and Sustaining a Pan Canadian Community of Practice (CIHR, co-investigator, 2014).
    •  From issues to action in the implementation and integration of rehabilitation best practices in Quebec for people with severe mental disorders (IRSC, principal investigator, 2013-2014).?
    • To promote the implementation of knowledge in rehabilitation, recovery and social insertion (CIHR, Favoriser l’application des connaissances en réadaptation, rétablissement et insertion sociale (CIHR, principal investigator, 2011-2012).
    •  RéadApps: design and validation of an application on rehabilitation in mental health (Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation, 2011-2014).?
    • New investigator research grant (CIHR, 2011-2015).
    • Prix Mentor (2009, 2012 and 2014). Teaching Excellence Award presented by the students of occupational therapy program, University of Montreal.
    • 2011 Desjardins Excellence Award, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation.
    • 2010 Schizophrenia Award, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction and Schizophrenia Society of Canadian.



    Tremblay C., Coulombe V., Briand C. Users' involvement in mental health services: programme logic model of an innovative initiative in integrated care. International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 2017;11:9. PubMed 


    Briand C., St-Paul R. A., Dubé F. Mettre a contribution le vecu experientiel des familles : l'initiative Pair Aidant Famille. [Highlighting the Lived Experience of Families: Family Peer Support Services Initiative]. Santé mentale au Québec. 2016 Fall;41(2):177-195. PubMed

    Corbière, M., Negrini, A., Durand, M. J., St-Arnaud, L., Briand, C., Fassier, J. B., Loisel, P., Lachance, J. P. (2016). Development of the Return-to-Work Obstacles and Self-Efficacy Scale (ROSES) and Validation with Workers Suffering from a Common Mental Disorder or Musculoskeletal Disorder. J Occup Rehabil. Epub ahead of print. Pubmed

    Therriault, P. Y., Lefebvre, H., Guindon, A., Levert, M. J., & Briand, C. (2016). Accompanying citizen of persons with traumatic brain injury in a community integration project: An exploration of the role. Work. Epub ahead of print. Pubmed


    Briand, C., Sablier, J., Therrien, J. A., Charbonneau, K., Pelletier, J. F., & Weiss-Lambrou, R. (2015). Use of a mobile device in mental health rehabilitation: A clinical and comprehensive analysis of 11 cases. Neuropsychol Rehabil, 1-32. Pubmed

    Charbonneau, K., Lalande, M., & Briand, C. (2015). L'assistant personnel numerique : outil de soutien a la readaptation en sante mentale: The personal digital assistant: A tool for supporting mental health rehabilitation. Can J Occup Ther, 82(4), 254-263. Pubmed

    Piat, M., Briand, C., Bates, E., & Labonte, L. (2015). Recovery Communities of Practice: An Innovative Strategy for Mental Health System Transformation. Psychiatr Serv, Epub ahead of print. Pubmed

    Michaud, D., Briand, C., Thibault, V., & Charbonneau, K. (2015). Le Web 2.0 pour soutenir le réseautage en santé mentale au Québec. Sante Ment Que, 40(1), 227-249. Pubmed

    Pelletier, J. F., Corbiere, M., Lecomte, T., Briand, C., Corrigan, P., Davidson, L., & Rowe, M. (2015). Citizenship and recovery: Two intertwined concepts for civic-recovery. BMC Psychiatry, 15(1). Pubmed


    Briand, C. et Menear M (2014). Implementing a continuum of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for people with severe mental illness: Part 2 – Review of critical implementation issues. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59(4), avril 2014. PubMed

    Menear, M. et Briand C. (2014). Implementing a continuum of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for people with severe mental illness: Part 1 – Review of major initiatives and implementation strategies. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59(4), avril 2014. PubMed


    Therriault, P. Y., Lefebvre, H., Guindon, A., Levert, M. J., & Briand, C. (2013). Accompagnement citoyen personnalisé en intégration communautaire : un défi pour la santé mentale ? Sante Ment Que, 38(1), 165-188. Pubmed


    Bonin, J. P., Lavoie-Tremblay, M.,Lesage, A., Briand, C., Piat, M. (2012). Situation of Families of Mentally Ill Persons in a Context of Change in Mental Health System: a Time for Stakeholders and Families Collaboration. European Psychiatry 27(suppl 1):P-590.

    Lavoie-Tremblay, M.,Bonin, J.P., Bonneville-Roussy, A. , Briand, C., Perreault, M., Piat, M., Lesage, A., Racine, H., Laroche, D., Cyr, G. (2012). Families' and decision makers' experiences with mental health care reform: the challenge of collaboration. Arch Psychiatr Nurs 26(4): e41-50. Pubmed


    Briand, C., Reinharz, D., Lesage, A., Nicole, L., Stip, E., Lalonde, P., Villeneuve, K., Planet-Sultan, S. (2010). L’implantation au Québec de l’Integrated Psychological Treatment (IPT) auprès des personnes atteintes de schizophrénie : cinq ans après. Sante mentale au Quebec, 35(2), 145-162. Pubmed


    Briand, C. et Samson, E. (2009). Partenariat pour l’amélioration des services de réadaptation visant le rétablissement des personnes atteintes de schizophrénie. Bulletin de l’Association Québécoise de la Réadaptation Psychosociale, vol. 1, no 1.


    Briand, C., Durand, M. J., St-Arnaud, L., & Corbiere, M. (2008).How well do return-to-work interventions for musculoskeletal conditions address the multicausality of work disability? Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 18(2), 207-217.


    Briand, C., Durand, M.J., St-Arnaud, L. et Corbière, M. (2007). Work and mental health: Learning from Return-to-Work Rehabilitation Programs designed for workers with musculoskeletal disorders. The International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 30, 444-457.

    Briand, C., Bélanger, R., Lesage, A. et Nicole, L. (2007). A New Adaptation of Integrated Psychological Treatment based on a Cognitive-Behavioral Rehabilitation Program for People With Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Times, september 15, 24(10).

    Briand, C. et Lesage, A. (2007). Structures et ressources pour soutenir la réadaptation des personnes atteintes de schizophrénie. Dans le cadre d'une triade d'articles sur la réhabilitation des schizophrénies. Annales Médico-Psychologiques, 165(1), 67-73.


    Vasiliadis, H.M., Briand, C., Lesage, A., Reinharz, D., Stip, E., Nicole, L. et Lalonde, P. (2006). Health care resource use associated with Integrated Psychological Treatment. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 9, 201-207.

    Briand, C., Vasiliadis, H.M., Lesage, A., Lalonde, P., Stip, E., Nicole, L., Reinharz, D., Prouteau, A., Hamel, V. et Villeneuve, K. (2006). Including Integrated Psychological Treatment (IPT) as part of standard medical therapy for Patients with Schizophrenia: clinical outcomes. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(7), 463-470.

    Bélanger, R., Briand, C. et Rivard, S. (2006). Modèle de l'occupation humaine. Dans Manidi, M.J. Ergothérapie comparée en santé mentale et psychiatrie. Éditions EESP. 244 pages.

    Bélanger, R., Briand, C. et Marcoux, C. (2006). Le modèle de l’occupation humaine (MOH) : un modèle qui considère la motivation dans le processus de réadaptation psychosociale des personnes aux prises avec des troubles mentaux. Partenaire (revue de l’Association Québécoise de Réadaptation Psychosociale), 13(1),8-15.


    Potvin, S., Briand, C., Prouteau, A., Bouchard, R.H., Lipp, O., Lalonde P., Nicole L., Lesage, A. et Stip, E. (2005). CANTAB explicit memory is less impaired in addicted schizophrenia patients. Brain and Cognition, 59(1), 38-42.

    Briand, C., Bélanger, R., Hamel, V., Nicole, L., Stip, E., Reinharz, D., Lalonde, P. et Lesage, A. (2005). Implantation multi-site du programme Integrated Psychological Treatment (IPT) pour les personnes atteintes de schizophrénie et développement d'une version renouvelée. Revue Santé Mentale au Québec, 30(1), 73-95.