Roger Godbout, Ph.D.

Full professor

Faculty of Medicine - Department of Psychiatry and Addictology
Psychologist, Sleep Laboratory and Clinic, Rivière-des-Prairies Mental Health Hospital
Scientific Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research, CIUSSS du Nord-de-Île-de-Montréal
Regular researcher, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal and Rivière-des-Prairies Mental Health Hospital
Regular researcher, Research Center of the Montreal Mental Health University Institute

Member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec
514 323-7260 #2657


Masters (M.A., Psychology), University of Ottawa, 1982
Doctorate (Ph.D., Psychology), University of Montreal, 1988
Postdoctoral fellowship: Neurobiological Psychiatry Unit, McGill University, Montreal, 1987-1988
Postdoctoral fellowship: Chair of Neuropharmacology, Collège de France, Paris, 1988-1989

Research interests

Normal and pathological sleep (prevention and treatment):

1) Effects of sleep and its disturbances on cognitive performance (learning, memory and psychomotor skills), on clinical signs and symptoms and on brain activity (electroencephalography: EEG).

2) Development and sleep: from birth to senescence.

3) Interaction between mental health problems and sleep: autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, stress.

4) Dream studies.

5) Psychosocial environment and sleep

Methodological approaches

Clinical and fundamental; laboratory studies, questionnaires, databases, animal modeling.

Active grants

2020 – 2026
Sleep, performance and development
Funding sources: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

2015 – 2020
Principal investigator: Roger Godbout
Funding sources: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

2021 – 2022
A living environment adapted to the specific needs of autistic adults:
What does the literature suggest and what do adults with autism think?
Principal investigator: Roger Godbout
Sources of funding: Social Inclusion Research Fund and the Office for Handicapped Persons of Quebec

2020 – 2022
Impact of an adapted and innovative residential program on the quality of life and social participation of adults with autism
Principal investigator: Roger Godbout
Funding sources: Véro et Louis Foundation

Operating grant (principal researchers: Penny Corkum, Célyne Bastien, Canadian Institutes of Health Research - COVID-19 MH / SU - Developing Innovative Adaptations of Services / Delivery: Pragmatic trial of two novel pathways for implementation of the Better Nights, Better Days online program to promote and protect the sleep, mental health, psychosocial wellbeing, and family resiliency of children and families during and after COVID-19 pandemic.

Operating grant (principal researcher: Lourdes Rodriguez del Barrio; $ 300,000 for 3 years), MSSS, Graham Boeckh Foundation and FRQS: Demonstration projects in support of the implementation of integrated youth service networks. “OPEN AREAS”: Make way for young people to change our outlook, break down obstacles and create together. Demonstration project of the CIUSSS du Nord-de-Île de Montréal ".

My team

Katia Gagnon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anne-Marie Nader, PhD.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Marjolaine Chicoine, M.Sc.

Laboratory coordinator

Genevière Frégeau, Ph.D.

Laboratory coordinator

Laurianne Bastien, B.Sc.

Ph.D. candidate

Rachel Théoret, B.Sc.

Ph.D. candidate

Publications 2016-2020

Godbout R. Le sommeil normal et pathologique. Dans : P. Lalonde & G.F. Pinard, éds. Psychiatrie clinique : Approche bio-psycho-sociale, 4e édition, Tome 1, chap. 32. Montréal : Chenelière, 2016. 714-749.

Tessier S,* Lambert A,* Scherzer P, Jemel B, Godbout R. Intelligence measures and stage 2 sleep in typically-developing and autistic children. International Journal of Psychophysiology 2015; 97: 58-65.
[Corrigendum 2016 Feb;100:52]

Tessier S,* Lambert A,* Chicoine M, Scherzer P, Soulières I, Godbout R. REM sleep and emotional face memory in typically-developing children and children with autism. Biological Psychology 2015; 110: 107-114.

Huynh C,* Guilé C, Breton JJ, Godbout R. Sleep-wake patterns of adolescents with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. Child Psychiatry and Human Development 2016; 47(2): 202-214.

Malick M, Gilbert K, Daniel J, Arseneault-Bréard J, Thompkins TA, Godbout R, Rousseau G. Vagotomy prevents the effect of probiotics on caspase activity in a model of post-myocardial infarction depression. Neurogastroenterology and Motility 2015; 27(5) : 663-671.

Speth TA., Coulombe JA, Markovich AN, Chambers CT, Godbout R, Gruber R, Hall WA, Reid GJ, Stremler R, Weiss SK, Witmans M, Corkum PV. Barriers, facilitators, and usability of an Internet intervention for children aged 1 to 10 years with insomnia. Translational Issues in Psychological Science 2015; 1(1), 16-31.

Dubois-Comtois K, Cyr C, Pennestri MH, Godbout R. Poor quality of sleep in foster children relates to maltreatment and placement conditions. SAGE Open 2016; October-December: 1-7.

Gilbert K, Godbout R, Rousseau G. Casapse-3 activity in the rat amygdala measured by spectrofluorometry after myocardial infarction. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) 2016; 107: e53207. http://dx.doi:10.3791/53207. Video component of this article:

Godbout R, Lusignan FA.* Le sommeil et les rêves dans la schizophrénie. Santé mentale 2016; 205: 37-42.

Lambert A,* Tessier S,* Rochette AC,* Scherzer P, Mottron L, Godbout R. Poor sleep affects daytime functioning in typically developing and autistic children not complaining of sleep problems: a questionnaire-based and polysomnographic study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2016; 23 : 94-106.

Lupien SJ, Sasseville M, François N, Giguère, CE, Boissonneault J, Plusquellec P, Godbout R, Xiong L, Potvin S, Kouassi E, Lesage A, and the Signature Consortium. The DSM5/RDoC debate on the future of mental health research: implication for studies on human stress and presentation of the Signature Bank. Stress 2017; 20(1): 95-111.

Nixon AJ, Huỳnh C, Godbout R, Robillard R. Sleep and cardiovascular dysfunctions in bipolar disorder. Current Sleep Medicine Reports 2017; 3(3): 251-261.

Ali N, Rigney G, Weiss SK, Brown CA, Constantin E, Godbout R, Hanlon-Dearman A, Ipsiroglu O, Reid GJ, Shea S, Smith IM, Van der Loos M, Corkum PV. Optimizing an eHealth insomnia intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disorders: a Delphi study. Sleep Health 2018; 4(2): 224-234.

Bériault M*, Turgeon L, Labrosse M*, Berthiaume C, Verreault M, Berthiaume C, Godbout R. Comorbidity of ADHD and anxiety: effects on sleep and response to a CBT treatment. Journal of Attention Disorders 2018; 22(5) : 414-424.

Chahine R, Chahoud M, Farah R, Harb A, Tarabey R, Godbout R. Assessing sleep quality of Lebanese high school students in relation to lifestyle: a pilot study in Beirut. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 2018; 24(8): 722-728.

Corkum PV, Reid GJ, Hall WA, Godbout R, Stremler R, Weiss SK, Gruber R, Witmans M, Chambers CT, Begum EA, Andreou P, Rigney G. Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial to evaluate Better Nights, Better Days, an internet-based behavioural intervention. Journal of Medical Internet Research – Research Protocols 2018; 7(3):e76 (18 pages).

El-Khatib H,* Boulet-Craig A,* Gagnon K,* Godbout R. Les troubles du sommeil chez l’enfant et l’adolescent atteints de troubles neurodéveloppementaux : une évaluation nécessaire en neuropsychologie. Neuropsychologie Clinique et Appliquée 2018; 2: 34-51.

Gagnon K,* Godbout R. Melatonin and comorbidities in autism spectrum disorder. Current Developmental Disorders Reports 2018; 5(3): 197-206.

Malick M,* Gilbert K,* Brouillette J, Godbout R, Rousseau G. Cognitive deficits following a post-myocardial infarct in the rat are blocked by the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor desvenlafaxine. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2018; 19(12): 3748: 12 pages.

Rigney G, Ali N, Corkum P, Brown CA, Constantin E, Godbout R, Hanlon-Dearman A, Ipsiroglu O, Reid GJ, Shea S, Smith IM, Van der Loos M, Weiss SK. A systematic review to explore the feasibility of a behavioural sleep intervention for insomnia in children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A transdiagnostic approach. Sleep Medicine Reviews 2018; 41: 244-254.

Rochette AC,* Soulières I, Berthiaume C, Godbout R. NREM sleep EEG activity and procedural memory: A comparison between young neurotypical and autistic adults without sleep complaints. Autism Research 2018; 11(4): 613-623.

Tessier MP,* Pennestri MH, Godbout R. Heart rate variability during wake and sleep in typically developing and autistic individuals: Effects of age range. International Journal of Psychophysiology 2018; 134: 15-21.

Corkum P, Weiss S, Hall W, Brown C, Chambers C, Constantin E, Godbout R, Hanlon-Dearman A, Ipsiroglu O, Reid G, Shea S, Smith IM, Stremler R, Witmans, M. Assessment and treatment of pediatric behavioural sleep disorders in Canada. Sleep Medicine 2019; 56: 29-37. https://doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2018.11.007

Dubois-Comtois K, Pennestri MH, Bernier A, Cyr C, Godbout R. Family environment and preschoolers’ sleep: The complementary role of both parents. Sleep Medicine 2019; 58: 114-122.

Lehoux T,* Carrier J, Godbout R. Non-REM sleep EEG slow waves in autistic and typically-developing children: Morphological characteristics and scalp distribution. Journal of Sleep Research 2019; 28: e212775 (6 pages).

Orr M,* Isaacs J,* Godbout R, Witmans M, Corkum P. A usability study of an internet-delivered behavioural intervention tailored for children with residual insomnia symptoms after obstructive sleep apnea treatment. Internet Interventions 2019, 18:100265.

Pion-Massicotte J,* Godbout R, Savard P, Roy JF. Development and validation of an algorithm for the study of sleep using a biometric shirt in young healthy adults. Journal of Sleep Research 2019, 28 (2): e12667.

Trudeau F, Tompkins T, Gilbert K, Godbout R, Rousseau G. Bifidobacteria longum R0175 attenuates post-myocardial infarction depressive-like symptoms. PLOS ONE 2019; 14(4): e0215101.

Godbout, R, Carrier J, Bastien C, Morin C. Pandémie COVID-19, sommeil et séquelles psychologiques. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie 23 dec. 2020. Online ahead of print.

Lussier-Valade M, Desautels A, Godbout R. Psychoses et sommeil. Santé Mentale au Québec 2019; 44 (2) : 163-194. Online ahead of print 23 Dec. 2020.

Morin CM, Carrier J, Bastien C, Godbout R. Sleep and circadian rhythm in response to COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2020; 111 (5): 654-657.

Potvin S, Mahrouche L, Assaf R, Chicoine M, Giguère CE, Furtos A, Godbout R. Peripheral endogenous cannabinoid levels are increased in schizophrenia patients evaluated in a psychiatric emergency setting. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2020; 11: 628.

Robillard R, Dion K, Pennestri MH, Solomonova E, Lee E, Saad M, Murkar A, Godbout R, Edwards JD, Quilty L, Daros AR, Bhatla R, Kendzerska T. Profiles of sleep changes during the COVID-19 pandemic: Demographic, behavioral and psychological factors. Journal of Sleep Research 2020 Nov 17: e13231. Online ahead of print.

Robillard R, Saad, M, Edwards JD, Solomonova E, Pennestri MH, Daros A, Veissiere SPL, Quilty L, Dion K, Nixon A, Phillips J, Bhatla R, Spilg E, Godbout R, Yazji B; Hylton Rushton C, Gifford W, Gautam M, Boafo A, Kendzerska T. Social, financial and psychological stress during an emerging pandemic: preliminary observations from a population web-based longitudinal survey on COVID-19. BMJ Open 2020; 10 (12): e043805

Tan-MacNeill KM, Smith IM, Jemcov A, Keeler L, Chorney J, Johnson S, Weiss SK, Begum EA, Brown CA, Constantin E, Godbout R, Hanlon-Dearman A, Ipsiroglu O, Reid GJ, Shea S, Corkum PV. Barriers and facilitators to treating insomnia in children with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders: Parent and health care professional perspectives. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2020b, 107,103792.

Tan-MacNeill K, Smith IM, Weiss SK, Johnson SA, Chorney J, Constantin E, Shea S, Hanlon-Dearman A, Brown CA, Godbout R, Ipsiroglu O, Reid GJ, Corkum P. An eHealth insomnia intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disorders: Results of a usability study. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2020a; 98: 103573.

Robillard R, Daros AR, Phillips JL, Porteous M, Saad M, Pennestri MH, Kendzerska T, Edwards JD, Solomonova E, Bhatla R, Godbout R, Kaminsky Z, Boafo A, Quilty LC. Emerging new psychiatric symptoms and the worsening of pre-existing mental disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic: A Canadian multisite study. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2021; in press.


Giftedness and sleep in school-aged children, with or without neurodevelopmental comorbidity. Characterization of sleep by polysomnography, actigraphy and questionnaires. Diurnal behavioral measures. Interaction sleep behavior.

Autism and sleep. Sleep, quantified EEG, clinical measurements and psychomotor learning.

Assessment of cognitive functioning and the quality of life of semi-autonomous adults with autism in an innovative adapted residence.

Schizophrenia and sleep. Sleep, quantified EEG and neuropsychology.

The use of antipsychotics in the treatment of insomnia in children with a psychiatric diagnosis

Relationships between gut microbiome, sleep, behavior, and inflammatory response in rats.