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Jean-Philippe Gouin, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology

Jean-Philippe  Gouin, PhD
Office: L-PY 170-14 
Psychology Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7538
Website(s): SIRH LAB
CCRH Website
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PhD (The Ohio State University)


Dr. Gouin, a clinical psychologist, holds a Canada Research Chair in Chronic Stress and Health and leads the Stress, Interpersonal Relationships, and Health Laboratory.

Research interests

Our research program investigates the impact of chronic stress on health and well-being. Specifically, we examine risk and resiliency psychosocial processes (rumination, interpersonal relationship quality & sleep quality) impacting the negative psychological and physiological consequences of cumulative and chronic exposure to social and environmental stressors over the life course. In this context, we are particularly interested in dyadic coping, how spouse work together to deal with the stresses that both partners are facing and how spouses influence each other in terms of emotional responses, health behaviours, and physiology. We are also interested in identifying neurophysiological indicators of sensitivity to the social environment and vulnerability to stress, with a particular emphasis on oxytocin and heart rate variability. The overarching goal of these experimental, longitudinal and treatment studies is to develop and optimize psychosocial interventions to improve resilience to chronic stress.

Our work is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Quebec Network for Suicide, Mood Disorders and Related Disorders, the Canadian Lung Association, and the PERFORM Centre

Current studies examine:

-The impact of chronic stress and interpersonal relationships on depression and systemic inflammation among parents of adolescents and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders during the transition to adulthood. Funded by CIHR.

-The role of heart rate variability in the impact of chronic parenting stress on marital quality and dyadic coping processes among parents of young children. Funded by SSHRC.

-The impact of cognitive-behavioural treatment for insomnia on stress-related insomnia, emotion regulation, and inflammation among individuals with primary insomnia and insomnia with comorbid depression. Funded by CIHR.

-The impact of exercise training and cognitive-behavioural treatment on sleep quality among sleep apnea patients with comorbid insomnia. Funded by the PERFORM Centre and the Canadian Lung Association.

-The associations among heart rate variability, feelings of thwarted belongingness and burdensomeness, and suicidality. Funded by Quebec Network for Suicide, Mood Disorders and Related Disorders

-The impact of a couples-based lifestyle intervention on healthy eating, physical activity, and dyadic coping among older adults. Funded by the Institut de Gériatrie de Montréal. 

Representative Publications

*Caldwell, W., da Estrela, C., MacNeil, S., Gouin,J.-P. (2019). Association between romantic partners’ brooding rumination and negative marital exchanges is moderated by respiratory sinus arrhythmia: An actor-partner interdependence model. Journal of Family Psychology.

*Gouin, J.P. Caldwell, W., MacNeil, S., Roddick, C. (2018). Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Reactivity Moderates Within-Person Associations of Daily Capitalization with Positive Affect and Relationship Quality. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-22.

*Gouin,J.P., Zhou, Q.Q., Booij, L., Boivin M., Côté, S.M.,Hébert, M., I. Ouellet-Morin, M. Szyf, M., Tremblay, R.E., Turecki,G., and Vitaro, F. (2017). Associations among oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) DNA methylation in adulthood, exposure to early life adversity, and childhood trajectories of anxiousness. Scientific Reports. 7 (1): 7446.

*MacNeil, S., Deschenes, S., Caldwell, W., Brouillard,M., Dang-Vu, T.T., & Gouin, JP. (2017). High-Frequency Heart Rate Variability Reactivity and Trait Worry Interact to Predict The Development of Sleep Disturbances in Response to a Naturalistic Stressor. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 51(6): 912-924.

*Gouin, J.P., Scarcello, S., da Estrela, C. Paquin,C., & Barker, E.T. (2016). Dyadic Coping and Inflammation in the Contextof Chronic Stress. Health Psychology, 35(10), 1081-1084.

*Gouin, J.P.,Zhou, B., & Fitzpatrick, S. (2015). Social Integration Prospectively Predicts Changes in Heart Rate Variability Among Individuals Undergoing Migration Stress. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 49(2), 230-238.

*Gouin, J.P., Deschenes, S., & Dugas, M. (2014). Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia during Worry Forecasts Stress-Related Increases in Psychological Distress. Stress, 17(15), 416-422.

*Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Gouin, J.P., Glaser, R., Malarkey, W.B., Pang, N. (2011). Childhood Adversity Heightens the Impact of Later-Life Caregiving Stress on Telomere Length and Inflammation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(1), 16-22.

*Gouin, J.P., Carter, C.S., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Glaser, R., Malarkey, W.,Loving, T., Stowell, J., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. (2010). Marital Behavior, Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Wound Healing. Psychoneuroendocrinology.35(7):1082-1090

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