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Dr. AlainBrunet, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Internet and mental health
Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre
6875 LaSalle Blvd, Pavillon Perry (E-4129)
514-761-6131 ext. 4348
As a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, Dr. Brunet has been investigating the impact of trauma exposure on individuals for over 15 years, with a special focus on characterizing the risk factors and developing effective treatments for PTSD, such as early intervention and reconsolidation blockade. This last treatment made the top ten discoveries list for 2008 in Quebec in the magazine Québec Science. Recently, Dr. Brunet embarked on a comprehensive study of factors affecting health decisions during the H1N1 pandemic. In 2001, Dr. Brunet developed the Peritraumatic Distress Inventory, or PDI, the first instrument to assess the recalled amount of distress experienced at the time of a traumatic event. The PDI is currently being utilized by more than 30 teams across the world and has been translated into 11 languages. Dr. Brunet is editor-in-chief of The International Journal of Victimology and assistant editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 2008, he founded info-trauma.org, a website intended for victims of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and professionals in the field. Dr. Brunet is co-recipient of a grant from the U.S. Army to pursue work on an innovative treatment (to block memory reconsolidation) for PTSD and a recipient of a grant from the Douglas Institute Foundation for the development of the website info-trauma.org. In 2006, he was listed on the MacLean’s annual honour roll as one of the 39 Canadians who make the world a better place to live and was named "Personality of the Week" by the Montreal newspaper La Presse.
Undergraduate: BA Honours, Concordia University
Canadian Psychological Association, Traumatic Stress Section, Chair
Association Francophone pour l’étude du stress et du trauma (ALFEST), Board Member
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Organizing Committee Member
Fikretoglu D, Liu A, Pedlar D, Brunet A. Patterns and predictors of treatment delay for mental disorders in a nationally representative, active Canadian military dample. Medical Care. 2009;47:12.
Thakur GA, Joober R, Brunet A. Development and persistence of posttraumatic stress. Disorder and the 5-HTTLPR polymorphism. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2009;1-4.
LaGarde G, Doyon J, Brunet A.. Memory and executive dysfunctions associated with acute PTSD. Psychiatry Research. 2009.
Herbert C, Brunet A. Psychotraumatismes: Quels rôles pour Internet ? Épreuve acceptée pour publication. Stress et Trauma. 2009;9(1).
Brunet A, Orr SP, Tremblay J, Robertson K, Nader K, Pitman RK. Effect of post-retrieval propranolol on psychophysiologic responding during subsequent script-driven traumatic imagery in post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2008;42:503-506.
Corbo V, Clément M-H, Armony JL, Pruessner JC, Brunet A. Size vs. shape differences: contrasting voxel-based and volumetric analyses of the anterior cingulate cortex in individuals with acute PTSD. Biological Psychiatry.
Armony JL, Corbo V, Clément M-H, Brunet A. Amygdala responses to masked and unmasked emotional facial expressions in acute PTSD. American Journal of Psychiatry.
Neylan TC, Brunet A, Pole N, Best SR, Metzler T, Yehuda R, Marmar CR. PTSD symptoms predict waking salivary cortisol levels in police officers. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2005;30:373-381.
Cordova M J, Ruzek JI, Benoit M, Brunet A. Promotion of emotional disclosure following illness and injury: A brief intervention for medical patients and their families. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2003;10:359-372.
Brunet A, Weiss DS, Metzler TJ, Best SR, Neylan TC, Rogers C, Fagan J, Marmar CR. The peritraumatic distress inventory: A proposed measure of PTSD criterion A2. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2001;158:1480-1485.