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  • Dr. Michel A.S. Larivière, C.Psych.

    Dr. Larivière is our owner/operator and obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology at Carleton University then completed a 5-year postdoctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa.  He worked for the federal government in Ottawa in research, policy analysis, and health services.  His research in government included large-scale studies on offenders as well as correctional workers.  These projects created large datasets where several issues such as attitudes of correctional workers toward offenders, high-risk health behaviours, prevalence of mental illness in prisons, and the wellbeing of women offenders in the federal correctional system were examined.  Concurrent with his research, he has remained a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 2001 (correctional-forensic, clinical and counseling).  He is a Full Professor at Laurentian University (Faculty of Health) with cross appointments in Psychology and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. His associates include psychologists, psychological associates, psychotherapists, psychometrists, counsellors, and graduate students. Dr. Larivière’s research has expanded to include studies on the mental health of workers in various occupations such as nurses, first responders, and those employed in the resource industry.  He has received over $2 million in research funding since arriving at Laurentian University.  Most recently, his research team completed a 5-year study on the prevalence and determinants of the mental health of mining workers.  The research helped identify factors that predict workplace absence and an employee’s return-to-work after suffering physical or mental illness. Administratively, Dr. Larivière has been the representative in health psychology for the International Union of Psychological Science for the National Research Council of Canada, the Vice-Dean of Professional Schools at Laurentian University, and the Associate Director for the Center for Research in Occupational Safety and Health at Laurentian University.  He reviews research grants for Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Allied Health Professionals Fellowships committee and regularly reviews articles for various health-related academic journals.


    Lightfoot, N., Manitowabi, D., Arrandale, V. Lightfoot, N., Manitowabi, D., Arrandale, V., Barnett, N., Wabegijig-Nootchtai, C., Odjig, M. L., Moulton, J., Fongemy, J., Larivière, M., Kerekes, Zs., Holness, L., MacEwan, L., Eger, T., & Warry, W. (2022). Workers’ compensation experience in some Indigenous Northern Ontario communities. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication.

    Giffin, C. E., Schinke, R. J., Kerr, G., Kao, S. F., & Larivière, M. (2021). Interventions for improving the negative consequences of a staff cancer role with varsity team sport contexts. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. Advance online publication.

    Gohar, B., Larivière, M., Lightfoot, N., Larivière, C., Wenghofer, E., & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2021). Demographic, lifestyle, and physical health predictors of sickness absenteeism in nursing : A meta-analysis. Safety and Health at Work, 12(4), 536-543.

    Giffin, C. E., Schinke, R. J., Middleton, T. R. F., Kerr, G., Lariviére, M., Kpazaï, G., & Petersen, B. (2021). Understanding the staff cancer through the perceived experiences of varsity male soccer players. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 13(6), 1027-1045.

    Gohar, B., Larivière, M., & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2020). Sickness absence in healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Occupational Medicine, 70(5), 338-342.

    Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Sharma, B., Dignard, C., Kerekes, Zs., Dumond, J., Li, A., & Larivière, M. (2017). Systematic review: Lost-time injuries in the US mining industry. Occupational Medicine, 67(6), 442-447.

    Nowrouzi, B., Rukholm, E., Larivière, M., Carter, L., Koren, I., Mian, O., & Giddens, E. (2016). An examination of retention factors among registered nurses in Northeastern Ontario, Canada: Nurses intent to stay in their current position Ontario, Canada. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 54(1), 51-58.

    Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Rukholm, E., Larivière, M., Carter, L., Koren, I., & Mian, O. (2015). An examination of retention factors among registered practical nurses in north-eastern Ontario, Canada. Rural and Remote Health, 15(2), 3191.

    Nowrouzi, B., Lightfoot, N., Carter, L., Larivère, M., Rukholm, E., & Belanger-Gardner, D. (2015). Workplace system factors of obstetric nurses in Northeastern Ontario, Canada: Using a work disability prevention approach. Safety and Health at Work, 6(4), 305–311.

      Nowrouzi, B., Lightfoot, N., Larivière, M., Carter, L., Rukholm, E., Schinke, R., & Belanger-Gardner, D. (2015). Occupational stress management and burnout interventions in nursing and their implications for healthy work environments: A literature review. Workplace Health & Safety, 63(7), 308–315.

    Nowrouzi, B., Lightfoot, N., Carter, L., Larivière, M., Rukholm, E., Schinke, R., & Belanger-Gardner, D. (2015). Work ability and work-related stress: A cross-sectional study of obstetrical nurses in urban northeastern Ontario. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 52(1), 115-122.

    Nowrouzi, B., Lightfoot, N., Carter, L, Larivière, M., Rukholm, E., Schinke, R., & Belanger-Gardner, D. (2015). The relationship between quality of work life and location of cross- training among obstetric nurses in urban northeastern Ontario, Canada: A population-based cross sectional study. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 28(3), 571–586.

    Nowrouzi, B., Lightfoot, N., Carter, L., Larivière, M., Rukholm, E., & Belanger-Gardner, D. (2015). A qualitative study of the work environment in obstetrical nursing in northeastern Ontario, Canada. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(7), 10-22.

    Cimon-Lambert, K., Tremblay, L., Côté, D., Larivière, M., & Kosmerly, S. (2014). Perceptions, attitudes et connaissances des parents d’enfant d’âge préscolaire au sujet de l’alimentation, de la santé, de l’obésité et de l’activité physique: une approche qualitative. Les Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale, 102(2), 317-335.

    Gordon, H., & Larivière, M. (2014). Physical and psychological determinants of injury in Ontario forest firefighters. Occupational Medicine, 64(8), 583-588.

    Horrigan, J. M., Lightfoot, N. E., Larivière, M., & Jacklin, K. (2013). Evaluating and improving nurses’ health and the quality of work life. Workplace Health & Safety, 61(4), 173-181.

    Alem, J., Larivière, M., & Leduc, C. (2012). professional pathways of graduates from the school of human kinetics (SHK/ESAP). Sciences et Pratiques des Activités Physiques Sportives et Artistiques, 2.

    Larivière, M., Couture, R., Ritchie, S. D., Côté, D., Oddson, B., & Wright, J. (2012). Behavioural assessment of wilderness therapy participants: Exploring the consistency of observational data. Journal of Experiential Education, 35(1), 290-302.

    Boucher, V., Tremblay, L., Larivière, M., Bagaoui, R., & Guindon, B. (2012). Study on the effectiveness of an adapted cognitive-behavioural treatment: SNAPä – In children with conduct disorders in a rural setting. In C. Bassani (Ed.), Adolescent behavior (pp. 281-302). Nova Science Publishers.

    Gauthier, A. P., Larivière, M., Pong, R., Snelling, S., & Young, N. L. (2012). Differences in occupational, transportation, domestic, and leisure-time physical activities: Do geographical location and socio-cultural status matter? Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 9(2), 163-172.

    Tremblay, L., Rinaldi, C., Cimon-Lambert, K., & Larivière, M. (2011). Toward an effective prevention of pediatric obesity: The role of parental feeding strategies and body weight perceptions on the development of young childrens healthy eating habits. In L. V. Berhardt (Ed.), Advances in medicine and biology (Vol. 28). Nova Science Publishers.

    Tremblay, L., Lovsin, T., Zecevic, C., & Larivière, M. (2011). perceptions of self in 3-5-year-old children: A preliminary investigation into the early emergence of body dissatisfaction. Body Image, 8(3), 287-292.

    Brunette, M. K., Larivière, M., Schinke, R. J., Xing, X., & Pickard, P. (2011). Fit to belong: Activity and acculturation of Chinese students. Journal of Sport Behavior, 34(3), 207-227.

    Zecevic, C. A., Tremblay, L., Lovsin, T., & Larivière, M. (2010). Parental influence on young children’s physical activity. International Journal of Pediatrics. Invited submission to the Special Issue: Exercise in Children during Health and Sickness.

    Gauthier, A. P., Larivière, M., Pong, R., Snelling, S. J., & Young, N. L. (2010). Assessing the importance of social and environmental supports for leisure-time physical activity in a unique socio-cultural and geographical context. The International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 13, 59-75.

    Gauthier, A., Larivière, M., & Young, N. (2009). Psychometric properties of the IPAQ: A validation study in a sample of northern Franco-Ontarians. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(1), s54-s60.

    Tremblay, L., & Larivière, M. (2009). The influence of puberty onset, Body Mass Index, and pressure to be thin on disordered eating behaviours in children and adolescents. Eating Behaviours, 10(2), 75-83.

    Tremblay, L., & Larivière, M. (2009). Treatment of a 7-year-old girl with long-standing disordered eating behaviors since infancy. Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 1(3), 144-147.

    Boucher, V., Tremblay, L., Larivière, M., Bagaoui, R., & Guindon B. (2008). Effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural treatment in children with conduct disorders with co-morbid anxiety and depression. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93(Suppl 2), pw541.

    Larivière, M. (2002). Antecedents and outcomes of correctional officers attitudes towards federal inmates: An exploration of person-organization Fit. FORUM on Corrections Research, 14(1), 19-23.

    Larivière, M. (2001). Antecedents and outcomes of correctional officer attitudes towards federal inmates: An exploration of person-organization fit [Doctoral thesis, Carleton University]. National Archives of Canada.

    Larivière, M., & Robinson, D. (1999). The prevalence and determinants of HIV risk behaviours and perceived threat of infection in Canadian federal penitentiaries: Results from a national survey of male inmates. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 6(1), 7-26.

    Larivière, M., & Sidney, K. (1992). The relaxation effect of exercise: Implications for childhood fears and anxieties. Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Journal, 58(1), 16-22.

    Larivière, M. (1992). Variation post-exercice du réflexe de Hoffmann et relation avec une mesure de l’état d’anxiété [Thèse de maîtrise, Université Laurentienne]. Archives Nationales du Canada.