Joseph De Koninck


Joseph De Koninck
Emeritus Professor, School of Psychology, uOttawa

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 1973
M.Ps., Psychologie, Université Laval, Québec, 1970
B.Ps., Psychologie, Université Laval, Québec, 1969
B.A., Université Laval, Québec, 1966

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Joseph De Koninck holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba (1973). He has been a professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa since 1972. The focus of his research is the study of sleep and dreams. He has been visiting professor/scholar at the Université de Montpellier (1984-85), University of California in San Diego (1990-91), University of Arizona (winter 2005), University of Adelaide Australia, (Fall 2005) and University of Florence (Italy, Fall 2007). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, and was its Honorary President in 1996-97. He was President of the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) from 1999 to 2002 and Past-President from 2002 to 2005. In 2002, he was recipient of the Prix Adrien Pinard of the Société Québécoise pour la recherche en Psychologie and in 2013 the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Canadian Sleep Society and in 2018 has become an Honorary Member. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His administrative positions have included that and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies from July 1994 through 2004. During the later period, he has served as President (1997) of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and as Chair of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (2001-2002). He is currently Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychology, Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (Royal), and member of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Institute. His main hobby is astronomy.


Research Interests:

Sleep and dreams: The study of the psycho-physiology of sleep in insomnia, of biological rhythms and sleep and of dreaming and its impact on psychological adaptation. More recently, sleep disorders and mental health particularly depression.

Fields of Interest

  • Sleep
  • Dreaming
  • Sleep disorders
  • Memory and sleep
  • Nightmares and PTSD
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