Current Board Members


Don Daniel Ocay

    Don Daniel Ocay
    Co-President
    UMcGill and UConcordia representative 
    Don.Ocay[a]mail.McGill.ca

Don Daniel completed his bachelor’s degree in Physiology with a minor in Biotechnology at McGill University in 2018. His interest in improving the way we assess pain in the clinic influenced him to pursue a doctoral degree at McGill University in Experimental Surgery under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Ferland in her clinical research laboratory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. The methods he uses include quantitative sensory testing (QST) and electroencephalography. His goal is to establish reference values for QST from a healthy Quebec sample which will provide a deeper understanding of the sensory abnormalities that occur in a chronic pain state in pediatric patients.


Maxime Mireault

  Maxime Mireault
  Co-Présent
  UdeM and UQO representative
  Maxime.Mireault[a]umontreal.ca

Maxime completed his studies in Kinesiology (2012) and Occupational Therapy (2014) at the University of Ottawa where he ended his student-athlete (football) career with success. His experiences in Canada and abroad (Switzerland and the Netherlands) have fueled his interests in the pain field. He is now doing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Manon Choinière (Research Center of the University Hospital of Montreal, CrCHUM) and Dr. Johanne Higgins (University of Montreal). His interests now lie in a better understatement of brain changes in a population with rhizarthrosis (osteoarthrosis at the base of the thumb).


Marion Dagenais

  Marion Dagenais
  Communication management (Emails and members)
  ULaval  representative
  Marion.Dagenais.1[a]ulaval.ca

Marion graduated from Université de Montréal’s Occupational Therapy program in 2012. Working for a few years as a clinician in a private clinic and a rehabilitation center, she got to familiarize herself with various chronic pain populations including chronic low-back pain, fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome. This clinical experience raised a growing interest for pain research which led her to start a Master’s degree in Biomedical and Clinical Science at Université Laval in 2018 under the supervision of Dre Catherine Mercier. Her work focused on the use of an altered virtual feedback in Fibromyalgia. She then proceeded directly to Doctoral studies under the supervision of Dre Catherine Mercier and Dr Jean-Sébastien Roy. Her current work focuses on the development and validation of a new questionnaire assessing body perception in chronic pain.


Christian Longtin

Christian Longtin
Communication management (Social Media)
UdeS and UBishop’s representative
Christian.Longtin[a]USherbrooke.ca

Christian completed his master’s degree in physiotherapy at University of Sherbrooke in 2016. He is currently working with clients struggling with persistent pain at the pain clinic at the Center Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS). He completed a master’s degree in Health Sciences research at the University of Sherbrooke in 2019, which led him to develop a particular interest in the management of persistent musculoskeletal pain, and more specifically low back pain. In line with his interests in clinical research, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies under the supervision of Prs Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme and Michel Tousignant, which focus on the evaluation of the effectiveness of a new promising model aimed at optimizing rehabilitation care for patient with low back pain by rehabilitation professionals


Shajenth Premachandran

Shajenth Premachandran
Co-Events management (PAINtalks)
UMcGill and UConcordia representative
Shajenth.premachandran[a]mail.mcgill.ca

Shajenth Premachandran completed his Bachelor’s degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University in 2019. He is currently a master’s student in Experimental Surgery at McGill University, working in Dr. Catherine Ferland’s clinical research lab at the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. His research interest is in the identification of physiological biomarkers of pain, in order to improve the assessment of pain in the clinic. The methods he uses to analyze patient plasma, cerebrospinal fluid and saliva samples are immunoassays and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.


Monica Sean

Monica Sean
Co-Events management (PAINtalks)
UdeS and UBishop’s representative 
Monica.Sean[a]USherbrooke.ca

Monica obtained a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology and a master’s degree in Physiology at the Université de Sherbrooke. During her master, her research project focuses on endogenous pain modulation mechanisms as a predictors of treatment’s efficacy in chronic pain patients. She is now pursuing her PhD in Radiation Sciences and Biomedical Imaging in Pr Pascal Tétreault’s laboratory, in codirection with Pr Guillaume Léonard. She is particularly interested in the use of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better understand treatment response in patients with chronic low back pain


Matthieu Vincenot

Matthieu Vincenot
Events management (Retraite Douleur) and Communication management (website)
UdeS and UBishop’s representative 
Matthieu.Vincenot[a]USherbrooke.ca

After a degree in psychology at the University of Lyon (FRANCE), Matthieu obtained a Master Research in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences during which was interested in the modulation of memory during a painful stimulation. Afterwards, it was in clinic that he develops his first professional experience on elderly fragility and neurodegenerative disorders as neuropsychologist. Having joined the laboratory of Pr Guillaume Léonard in early 2019, his research     focuses on psychophysiological markers of endogenous pain mechanisms and their implications in personalized chronic pain medicine.


Catherine Paré
Catherine Paré

Catherine Paré
Community relations management
UMcGill and UConcordia representative 
Catherine.pare2[a]mail.mcgill.ca

Catherine completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2015. After working for two years as a psychometrist, often with individuals suffering from complex pain conditions and other comorbidities, she began a PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Michael Sullivan. Her research and clinical interests include understanding the relationship between pain conditions and mental health difficulties, particularly Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her doctoral research focuses on uncovering the complex interplay between different psychosocial risk factors which negatively impact rehabilitation outcomes. Catherine is also very interested in the dissemination of scientific knowledge, particularly to pain patients, and hopes to further pursue this throughout the pursuit of her PhD.


Justine Benoît-Piau

Justine Benoît-Piau
Finances management 
UdeS and UBishop’s representative 
Justine.Benoit-Piau[a]USherbrooke.ca

Justine obtained her degree in physiotherapy at the University of Sherbrooke in 2017. Having danced for more than 15 years and teaching for more than 7 years, she has a long-standing interest in the health of dancers. Her studies in physiotherapy has led her to question how to prevent the onset of pain in dancers. In the fall of 2017, she began a master’s degree in health sciences to deepen her understanding of risk factors for injury in this population. Under the supervision of Pre Mélanie Morin and Pre Nathaly Gaudreault, her project aims to explore the link between the activation of lumbopelvic stabilizers and the incidence of injuries among dancers.


Johanna Alonso

Johanna Alonso
Trainings management
ULaval and UQAC representative
Johanna.Alonso.1@ulaval.ca

Johanna is French and started her studies by obtaining a diploma of technician in biomedical analysis. Then, she did an internship in a research center in Switzerland and decided to pursue her studies with a bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and a master’s degree in Neurosciences at the University of Strasbourg (France). She came to Quebec for an internship in her master’s degree in Professor Yves De Koninck’s lab where she participated in the development of an electrophysiologic and optogenetic wireless platform. Johanna decided to continue her experience at Université Laval with a PhD in the same team. However, her project is different since she is now interested in the comorbidity between chronic pain and depression.