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Mr. Jérôme Gauvin-Lepage began his career as a nurse in the emergency room and palliative care (2001 to 2007), then specialized as a clinical nurse specialist in intensive functional rehabilitation (2007-2013). His clinical practice allows him to transfer his knowledge through academic activities at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Montreal and at the School of Nursing of the University of Sherbrooke, as a teacher’s assistant and lecturer.
In January 2014, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor following the completion of his doctoral studies with outstanding honours at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Montreal. His thesis is entitled “Co-constructing the components of an intervention program in support of the resilience of families who have an adolescent suffering from moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries”, a research theme already explored by his master’s thesis in nursing obtained in 2007 at the same Faculty. His graduate studies are supported by more than $ 310,000 in training awards and highlighted by several awards, including the Award for Best Science Poster in Social Participation Category during the UReCA’s Scientific Day (May 2015), Best Achievement Award Oral communication at the ACFAS (May 2013) and the Prize for the best scientific poster during the International Symposium on Resilience (April 2011).
For several years, he has been affiliated as a research assistant at the Centre for interdisciplinary research in rehabilitation of Greater Montreal and, for a few months, as a research coordinator at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Center. He completed his postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Isabelle Gagnon, researcher in the rehabilitation sciences, affiliated with the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Center. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a rehabilitation program for children and adolescents with atypical recovery after mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.
Mr. Gauvin-Lepage is a regular researcher at the Research Center of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital, where his research laboratory is located at the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Center. He is also an Associate Researcher in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Resilience and Community Rehabilitation at the Centre for interdisciplinary research in rehabilitation of Greater Montreal. His research program focuses on social participation and social inclusion of children and adolescents who have sustained a neurotraumatic injury, as well as interventions that promote the resilience of their families from a humanistic perspective of care.
Indeed, because they are a major cause of physical disability in affected children, neurotraumatic lesions are a major health problem in Canada. Surprisingly, the vast majority of the sequelae are permanent and can thus have a significant impact on the children’s future outcomes following their traumatic injury. The short term goals of his research program aims at validating, implementing and evaluating the effects of two innovative “coaching” programs, including both the affected youth and his/her family, as well as the rehabilitation professionals and community resource representatives, on social participation and quality of life of children and adolescents who are receiving physical rehabilitation intervention. The possibility of exporting the results of this research to other patient populations across other healthcare settings is also being considered given that health professionals are looking for validated but not very complex intervention programs that are tangible, easy to implement and use in their respective practice settings.
To date, he has published some fifteen publications, including ten as first author, and has given nearly sixty scientific, professional and academic presentations, mostly of which he was first author.