Professor Cellard obtained her Ph.D. in Research and Intervention Psychology and is the recipient of the Award of Excellence for the best doctoral thesis awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Université Laval in Canada. During her doctoral studies, she completed an internship in psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurosciences at King’s College London, United Kingdom, where she specialized in cognitive remediation for people with psychotic disorders. She then obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and completed an internship in collaboration with King’s College London and the Department of Psychiatry at Université Laval. In 2012, professor Cellard obtained a position as assistant professor at the École de psychologie of Université Laval.
Then, during the year 2019-2020, she completed a year of study and research in Lyon, France, where she worked at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and at the Centre Ressource Réhabilitation. Her research and clinical interests lie in understanding the mechanisms involved in the development of severe mental disorders in adolescents and young adults. She is interested in cognitive remediation as a catalyst to promote recovery in young people coping with mental health disorders, including psychotic disorders. Her work is carried out at the Centre de recherche universitaire sur les jeunes et les familles (CRUJeF) and the Centre de recherche CERVO in Quebec City. She holds a partnership research chair, the Chaire Richelieu de recherche sur la jeunesse, l’enfance et la famille.
Finally, professor Cellard is passionate about teaching and knowledge dissemination activities. Namely, she has developed the Trousse Cerveau toolkits with her team and has created a scientific watch for the members of the Association francophone de remédiation cognitive.