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Lecours, Serge

Full Professor


  • Telephone 514-343-2333 Pav. PAVILLON MARIE-VICTORIN \ Ext. D309
Lecours, Serge


Research expertise

I essentially try to better understand the links between affect regulation and psychopathology, mainly by studying mental functioning (mentalization, alexithymia). Part of my work bears on the theoretical analysis of these themes, using a mainly psychoanalytical approach that integrates elements of theories of emotion. I also conduct empirical research using a number of methodological strategies: discourse analysis (quantitative and qualitative), creation and use of questionnaires, experimental tasks, etc. I created a grid for verbal elaboration of affect (GÉVA), a verbal measurement of affect mentalization, a central part of many research projects.

Research themes:

  • Mentalization and affect regulation
  • Exploration of forms of alexithymia
  • Study of affect mentalization in psychopathology, particularly depression and borderline personality disorder
  • Analysis of the role of sadness and positive emotions in mentalization
  • Assessment and treatment of mental functioning

Areas of expertise


Publications choisies :

Lecours, S., Descheneaux, E., Briand-Malenfant, R. (2013). Affect regulation and mentalization in narcissistic personality disorder. In J. S. Ogrodniczuk (Ed), Understanding and treating pathological narcissism (pp. 129-145). Washington: APA Press.

Boucher, M.-È., Lecours, S., Philippe, F. L., Arseneault, S. (2013). Parental socialization of emotion and depression in adulthood: The role of attitudes toward sadness. European Review of Applied Psychology, 63, 15-23.

Briand-Malenfant, R., Lecours, S., Descheneaux, E. (2012). What does sadness mean to BPD patients? Journal of Personality Disorders, 26(6), 939-955.

Descheneaux, E., Lecours, S., Doyon, J., Briand-Malenfant, R. (2012). Countertransference in the Rorschach situation as a clue to the patient’s affective functioning: An exploratory study. Rorschachiana, 33(2), 125-144.

Lecours, S. (2011). Perspective psychanalytique. In J. Descôteaux A. Brault-Labbé (Éds), Motivation et émotion : Fonctionnement individuel et interpersonnel (pp. 211-244). Montréal : Éditions CEC.

Philippe, F. L., Laventure, S., Beaulieu-Pelletier, G., Lecours, S., Lekes, N. (2011). Ego-resiliency as a mediator between child trauma and psychological symptoms. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30(6), 583-598.

Philippe, F. L., Koestner, R., Lecours, S., Beaulieu-Pelletier, G., Bois, K. (2011). The role of autobiographical memory networks in the experience of negative emotions: How our remembered past elicits our current feelings. Emotion, 11(6), 1279-1290.

Lecours, S., Bouchard, M.-A. (2011). Verbal elaboration of distinct affect categories and BPD symptoms. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 84(1), 26-41.

Briand-Malenfant, R., Lecours, S., Deschenaux, E. (2010). La capacité d’être triste : Implications pour la psychothérapie psychanalytique. Psychothérapies, 30(4), 191-201.

Lecours, S., Robert, G., Desruisseaux, F. (2009).  Élaboration verbale des affects et alexithymie chez des patients souffrant d’une pathologie respiratoire. Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée, 59(3), 187-195.

Phillipe, F., Lecours, S., Beaulieu-Pelletier, G. (2009). Resilience and positive emotions: Examining the role of emotional memories. Journal of Personality, 77(1), 139-175.

Bouchard, M.-A., Target, M., Lecours, S., Fonagy, P., Tremblay, L. M., Schachter, A., Stein, H. (2008). Mentalization in Adult Attachment Narratives: Reflective Functioning, Mental States and Affect Elaboration Compared. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 25(1), 47-66.

Lecours, S. (2007). Supportive interventions and nonsymbolic mental functioning. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88(4), 895-915.

Lecours, S., Sanlian, N., Bouchard, M. A. (2007). Assessing verbal elaboration of affect in clinical interviews: Exploring sex differences. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 71(3), 227-247.

Lecours, S. (2005). Niveaux de fonctionnement mental et psychothérapie psychanalytique. Psychothérapies, 25(2), 91-100.

Lecours, S., Bouchard, M. A. (1997). Dimensions of mentalisation: Outlining levels of psychic transformation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 78(5), 855-875.

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