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Alain Brunet, PhD

Director, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Institute
Researcher, Douglas Institute Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Editor in Chief, The International Journal of Victimology
Founder, i-trauma web site
Associate Editor, Journal of Traumatic Stress
Vice-President, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Areas of expertise
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, assessment, peritraumatic responses, early interventions, neurobiological correlates, neuroimaging, internet, psychophysiology, reconsolidation blockage, propranolol

As a clinical psychologist, Alain Brunet, PhD, 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.

In 2001, Alain 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 eleven languages.

Alain Brunet is associate Editor in Chief of The International Journal of Victimology and one of the editors of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 2006, he was named "Personalité de la semaine" by La Presse and Maclean's put him on its annual Honour roll as one of the 39 Canadians who make the world a better place to live. In 2008, he founded a web site called info-trauma, intended for victims and professionals of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. The same year, his research was published on QS Magazine`s top ten discoveries list. Since 2011, Alain Brunet is vice-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Contact information
Douglas Institute
Perry Pavilion
Room E-4114
6875, boulevard LaSalle
Montreal (Quebec)
H4H 1R3
Phone :
514 761-6131
ext.: 4348

Fax :
514 762-3049
Research division :
  • - Psychosociale
Awards and distinctions :
  • - Personality of the Week
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International Conference on the Use of the Internet in Mental Health