Mission statement

The Dream & Nightmare Laboratory, established in Montreal’s Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Hospital in 1991, is dedicated to the scientific study of dreaming and its disorders, to the training of graduate students, researchers and health professionals in the techniques and applications of dream science, to the development and deployment of proven methods for treating dream-related health problems, and to public education about the important role dreams and nightmares play in psychological life.


The DNL is part of the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM), one of the largest and most comprehensive clinical sleep research facilities in the world. This Center is itself part of the larger Research Center of the Sacré-Coeur Hospital and an affiliate of the Université de Montreal.

The DNL consists of a 2-bed sleep laboratory equipped for all-night polysomnographic recording, psychophysiological assessment (e.g., EMG, EEG spectral analysis, HR analysis), sampling and analysis of dream mentation, and the testing of cognitive and emotional processes. There is also a VIVE-based room-scale system for delivering virtual reality tasks and a high-resolution force plate for assessing balance. Dream samples are collected with a variety of methods: laboratory awakenings, home logs, interactive voice mail, questionnaires and internet surveys.


Tore Nielsen, Ph.D. – ResearchGate // ORCID // Google Scholar
DNL Director, Professor of Psychiatry and Addictology, U Montreal

Tyna Paquette, M.Sc.
DNL Research Coordinator, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal

Claudia Picard-Deland, B.Sc.
Ph.D. student in Neuroscience, U Montreal

Louis-Philippe Marquis, B.Sc.
Ph.D. student in Psychology, U Montreal

Maude Pastor, B.Sc.
Research assistant, Dream & Nightmare Laboratory

Recent Alumni

Elizaveta Solomonova, Ph.D
SSHRC fellow; Post-doctoral Fellow, Philosophy, McGill U

Michelle Carr, Ph.D
Post-doctoral Fellow, Rochester U

Kadia Saint-Onge, B.Sc.
M.Sc. student in Psychology, U Montreal

Isabelle Godin, Ph.D.
Psychology, U Montreal

Christian O’Reilly, Ph.D.
Biomedical Sciences, U Montreal

Jessica Lara-Carrasco, Ph.D.
Psychology, U Montreal

Gaelle Dumel, Ph.D.
Psychology, U Montreal

Anne Germain, Ph.D.
Professor, U Pittsburgh 2005

Philippe Stenstrom, Ph.D.
Psychology, U Montreal

Valérie Simard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Psychology, Université de Sherbrooke 2010

Antonio Zadra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology, U Montreal 1999

Katia Levrier Wynant, M.Sc.
Ph.D. student in Psychology, UQAM 2010

Ani Popova, B.Sc.
Implemetation analyst 2010

Sébastien Saucier, M.Sc.
Information Tech, Sacré-Cœur Hospital Research Center 2007

Maria-Josée Esposito, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, U Bologna 2001

Tomoka Takeuchi, Ph.D.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Isabelle Raymond, Ph.D.
Author, Pharmaceutical Rep 2006

Recent Collaborators

Michelle Carr, Ph.D. – U Rochester
Elizaveta Solomonova, Ph.D. – McGill U
Elena Frantova, BFA – M.Comp Sc. student, Concordia U
Sarah Fuller, BFA – Photographer, Banff Center
Sabrina Nielsen – Graphic Designer
Russel Powell, Ph.D. – Grant MacEwan U, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Don Kuiken, Ph.D. – U Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Recent Trainees

Nathalie Voarino: Undergraduate studies, Université d’Aix-Marseille 2012
Eva Bezinger: B.Sc. Psychology, U Ottawa 2011
Amy Graham: B.Sc. Psychology, McGill 2009
Arianna Amato: B.Sc. Psychology, McGill 2009
Wenya Miao: B.Sc. Psychology, McGill 2009
Jennifer Gutberg: B.Sc. Psychology, McGill 2009
Vanessa Bujwid: B.Sc. Psychology, McGill 2009
Christine Brochu: B.Sc Psychology, U Montréal 2007
Vanessa Guérin: B.Sc Psychology, U Montréal 2007
Kieran Fox: B.Sc Psychology, McGill University 2007
Marie-Ève Ross: B.Sc Occupational Therapy, U Montréal 2007
François Rabbat: B.Sc Psychology, U Montréal 2007
Josiane Perron: B.Sc Psychology, U Montréal 2007
Aïda Annick Ndiaye: M.Sc. Psychology, U Montréal 2007
Amine Osmani: B.Sc. Biology, McGill University 2006
Anna Polotskaia: M.Sc. Psychiatry, McGill University 2006
Geneviève Bourdeau: B.Sc. Psychology, UQAM 2006
Sandra Dallaire: Ph.D. Psychology, U Montréal 2006
Gabrielle Maliha: B.Sc. Psychology, U Montréal 2006
Olivier Jaar: B.Sc. Psychology, U Montréal 2005