Recognizing Excellence in Sleep Research: Dr. Rébecca Robillard's Path to the Young Investigator Award

Faculty of Social Sciences
School of Psychology
Awards and recognition
Mental Health
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The Faculty of Social Sciences would like to congratulate Dr. Rébecca Robillard, an associate uOttawa professor, for all her achievements leading up to her recent award as the Young Investigator from the Canadian Sleep Society. The award was announced at the opening ceremonies of the 11th National Conference of the Canadian Sleep Society this past April!

Dr. Robillard has been recognized for her significant contributions to the field of sleep research, particularly her work on the relationship between mental health and sleep, as well as conducting clinical sleep and mental health research at the Institute of Mental Health Research at the Royal. Her research group is particularly interested in the interactions between mental health, the sleeping brain, and the sleeping heart, with particular attention to mood disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder.

In a recent interview, Dr. Robillard expressed her gratitude for the award, saying, "I am thrilled and honoured to receive this recognition. I share this with the amazing team of students, clinicians and scientists I have the chance to work with."

Dr. Robillard's work has shed light on the crucial role of sleep in maintaining our overall health and well-being. "Sleep is an essential component of our lives, and it's something we often take for granted. But the reality is that sleep is just as important as exercise and nutrition in maintaining good health." said Rébecca.

As a young researcher, Rébecca's plans for research projects are exciting, and she is poised to continue making valuable contributions to the field. Dr Robillard is invested in knowledge mobilization efforts to promote the importance of sleep for mental and physical health. "If we can raise awareness about the importance of sleep and make it a priority in our lives, we can improve our overall health and well-being," she says. Rébecca looks forward to utilizing new state-of-the-art technology to measure longer sleep patterns outside of the lab with less invasive tools to expand our understanding of sleep physiology in real life settings. “I feel like a kid in a candy store – new technologies open up so many new possibilities for research and eventually clinical work!” said Rébecca.

We can hardly wait to see what insights Rébecca will uncover next in her exciting journey of discovery.