Janel Gauthier

International scientific advisory board

Professor Gauthier received his doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1975. He began his professional career as Director of Psychological Services at Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Kingston and as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Psychology of Queen’s University. He became a full-time Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology of Laval University in 1978. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1981 and to that of Full Professor in 1985. He was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in California in 1982-1983 where he worked with Professor Albert Bandura. He was elevated to the rank of Professor Emeritus in 2014 in recognition for his distinguished career.

Professor Janel Gauthier is President of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He is a member of the Working Group created to develop an international declaration on core competences in professional psychology under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and IAAP. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the 2015 ECP. He is the Chair of the International Relations Committee of the Canadian Psychological Association and a member of the Canadian National Committee for IUPsyS. He also is a Fellow and a Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association and a former Canadian delegate to the IUPsyS General Assembly.

He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters on the applications of behavioural, cognitive and social interventions for problems related to anxiety, depression, grief, chronic headaches, and low social self-esteem. Since 2002, international psychological ethics has become the main focus of his research and writings. His most recent achievement involves the development of the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science and the International Association of Applied Psychology.  He was the chair of the international working group that drafted the Universal Declaration, which was adopted unanimously by the Union and IAAP in Berlin in 2008.

Academic activity
Before retiring in 2012, he taught courses on ethics, psychological clinical interventions for adults, health psychology, cognitive and social foundations of human behaviour, and psychopathology. He is regularly invited to speak on various topics related to psychology, ethics and human rights at national, regional and international meetings.

Most important articles and publications

  • Gauthier, J., & Pettifor, J.L. (2012).  The Tale of Two Universal Declarations: Ethics and Human Rights. In M.M. Leach, M.J. Stevens, G. Lindsay, A. Ferrero, & Y. Korkut (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics (pp. 113-133). London: Oxford Press;
  • Gauthier, J., & Pettifor, J. (2011). The evolution of ethics in psychology: Going international and global. In P. R. Martin, Fanny Cheung, M. Kyrios, L. Littlefield, M. Knowles, B. Overmier, & J. M. Prieto (Eds.), The IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (pp. 700-714). Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing;
  • Gauthier, J., Pettifor, J., & Ferrero, A. (2010). The Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists: A culture-sensitive model for creating and reviewing a code of ethics. Ethics & Behavior, 20 (3&4), 1-18;
  • Gauthier, J. (1999).  Bridging the gap between biological and psychological perspectives in the treatment of anxiety disorders.  Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 40(1), 1-11;
  • Bandura, A., O’Leary, A., Taylor, C.B., Gauthier, J., & Gossard, D.  Perceived Self-Efficacy and Pain Control:  Opioid and Nonopioid Mechanisms.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1987, 53, 563-571.