Our members

Our members fall within threee categories:

  1. Regular members who have voting rights and researcher status according to the FRQS criteria;
  2. Partner members, a category including researchers participating in RQSPAL activities. It includes those who did not meet criteria for regular researchers, the leaders of partner organisations, clinicians and research professionals;
  3. Student members, this category includes every graduate student and intern (master’s, doctoral, postdoctoral) registered full-time and who are supervised by regular members.


Director: Dr Pierre Gagnon, psychiatrist, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Université Laval

Co-director of the RQSPAL : Diane Tapp, associate professor at the Faculty of Nursing at Université Laval , scientific director of the Institut de soins palliatifs et de fin de vie Michel Sarrazin – Université Laval

Coordinator: François Tardif, MSc, MAP (c)

Persons in charge of the strategic axes:

  • Axis 1: Lynn Gauthier, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, and Melissa Henry,  Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, McGill University
  • Axis 2: Josée Chénard, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Social Work, Université du Québec en Outaouais et Marc-Antoine Marquis MD., Pediatrics, CHU Sainte-Justine
  • Axis 3: Diane Guay, Ph.D. Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke

Regular members: 71 professors-researchers from 12 universities: Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Université Laval, McGill University, Concordia University and Université d’Ottawa

Partner members: 75 clinicians, administrators et research professionals

Student members: more than 150 students

Le RQSPAL est soutenu financièrement par le Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé.