Synthia Guimond, PhD

Dr. Synthia Guimond is a scientist at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is also the director of the Cognitive Remediation and Neuroimaging laboratory. 

Dr. Guimond completed her Bachelor’s (2009) and Master’s (2011) degrees in Psychology at the University of Montreal. She obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology at McGill University in 2016, and completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The main goal of Dr. Guimond’s research is to develop evidence-based treatments to improve cognitive dysfunctions in psychiatric disorders, and ultimately, enhance patients’ social and professional integration. She also aims to investigate the brain mechanisms underpinning cognitive dysfunctions in psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Guimond’s research is supported by the New Frontiers Research Fund (NFRF) from the tri-agency councils, the NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the IMHR’s Emerging Research Innovators in Mental Health (eRIMh) incubator program, and the University Medical Research Fund (UMRF). 

When Dr. Guimond is not in the lab, you can find her running or biking along the Rideau Canal, or rock climbing a nearby cliff.