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Thérèse Gouin-Décarie fonds

Media Type: 
Multiple media
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
P 330
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This fonds provides information on Thérèse Gouin-Décarie's career and professional activities. The fonds contains the doctoral thesis and academic and honorary degrees of Thérèse Gouin-Décarie and a diploma awarded to Léon-Mercier Gouin, reprints, articles and newspaper clippings, correspondence, course notes, examinations, research sheets and conference texts delivered by Mme Gouin-Décarie. It also contains an autograph booklet including a drawing by Jean Cocteau and an autograph by Jean Gabin. The fonds also contains session files of the Council of Universities, documents of scientific societies in Canada, the United States and Europe and documents testifying to Ms. Gouin-Décarie's participation on various committees. A sound recording 'Aujourd'hui la science' and video recordings and photographic documents complete the collection.
Biography/Administrative History: 
Thérèse Gouin-Décarie (1923-) was born in Montreal on September 30, 1923. She studied psychology at the University of Montreal. She obtained a bachelor's degree in 1945, a master's degree in 1947 and a doctorate in 1960. Her doctoral thesis, published in 1962 under the title 'Intelligence et affectivité chez le jeune enfant', is the first scientific work to reconcile the theories of the famous Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, and Freud's theses in favour of a global approach to the cognitive and emotional development of children. She completed clinical training at the Centre d'orientation in Montreal between 1946 and 1948, an internship at the Children's Center in Boston in 1948 and another at the Centre médico-pédagogique de l'Université de Paris. Upon her return from Europe, she was a lecturer at the Institute of Psychology and the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She obtained her agrégation in 1952 and became a full professor in 1965. She remained a full professor until 1991, when she obtained the title of Professor Emeritus.  In addition to her teaching, she taught seminars in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University from 1968 to 1974 and is a psychology consultant at the Institut de réhabilitation de Montréal and Ste-Justine Hospital. She is also involved in the mental and emotional development assessment of 33 children who were victims of thalidomide in 1963.  She sits on the Board of the University of Montreal and the Conseil des Universités du Québec. She is a member of the Program Evaluation Audit Commission of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CRÉPUQ), the Board of Directors and the Administrative Committee of Hôpital Ste-Justine, as well as the Conseil de l'Ordre national du Québec.  She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1969 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971. In 1988, she was the first woman to receive a Quebec prize in the scientific field: the Léon-Gérin Prize and the Marcel-Vincent Prize from the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences (ACFAS). In 1990 she was a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Society for Infant Study. In 1991, she received the Innis-Guérin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada and in 1994, she became an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. In 1971, she became a life member of the Canadian Psychological Association. Thérèse Gouin-Décarie also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa in 1981, Concordia University in 1994 and Moncton in 1996.
3.71 m of textual documents and other documents
Hosting Institution: 
University of Montreal
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