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Paquito Bernard, PhD

    • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Activity Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal
    • Researcher, Research Center of Montreal Mental Health University Institute


Paquito Bernard earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Psychology from the University of Montellier (France). After being Adapted Physical Activity professional in psychiatry department, he improved his research experience at University Hospital of Montpellier (France) to examine the effects of exercise and behavioral change techniques for smoking cessation in adults with current depressive disorders by carrying out a randomized controlled trial. He completed post-doctoral training in Psycho-oncology laboratory at Université de Laval (Canada). In July 2016, he joined the faculty in the Department of Physical Activity Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada).

His research activity focuses on the effects and mechanisms of physical exercise on mental health in adults with mental disorders or chronic illness; and psychological factors associated with initiation-maintenance of health behavior changes (i.e., physical activity, smoking cessation, sleep and sedentary). Paquito Bernard’s work is at the intersection of physical activity sciences, health psychology and public health.

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« We each should cultivate our own valley, and not attempt to build roads over the mountain ranges … between sciences. Rather, we should recognize that such roads, while often the quickest shortcut to another part of our own science, are not visible form viewpoint of one science alone »

Anderson. P (1977) Science

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Selected Publications

Effects of physical exercise on mental health

  • Bernard P , Romain AJ, Caudroit J, Chevance G, Carayol, Gourlam M, Dancause K, Moullec G. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with physical exercise for depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain in adults with chronic diseases: systematic review and meta-analysis. (2018) Health Psychology (téléchargement/download)
  • Bernard P, Carayol M. A commentary on the importance of controlling for medication use within trials on the effects of exercise on depression and anxiety (2015). Mental Health and Physical Activity, Oct;9:10-15
  • Bernard P, Ninot G, Bernard PL, Picot MC, Jaussent A, Talon G, Blain H. Effects of a 6-month walking intervention on depression in inactive post-menopausal women: A randomized controlled trial (2015). Aging & Mental Health. 19(6), 485-92. (téléchargement/download)
  • Bernard P, Romain AJ, Vancampfort D, Ninot G. Six minutes walk test for individuals with schizophrenia: systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation (2015) (téléchargement/download)
  • Carayol M., Bernard P., Boiché J., Riou F., Mercier B., Cousson-Gélie F., Romain A.J., Ninot G. Psychological impact of exercise in women with breast cancer receiving adjuvant therapy: What is the optimal dose needed ? (2013). Annals of Oncology

Health Behavior Change

  • Bernard P, St Amour S, Kingsbury C, Romain AJ. We need reproductible health behaviour chnage interventions to help adults with severe mental illness. Schizophrenia Research (2018) (téléchargement/download)
  • Bernard P, Ivers H, Savard M, Savard J. Temporal relationships between sleep and physical activity among breast cancer patients with sleep disturbances (2016). Health Psychology doi: 10.1037/hea0000408
  • Bernard P, Carayol M, Bortholon C, Romain AJ, Lareyre O, Ninot G, Boiché J, Gourlan M. Moderators of theory-based interventions to promote physical activity in 77 randomized controlled trials. Health Education and Behavior (2016)
  • Gourland M, Bernard P, Bortholon C, Romain AJ, Lareyre O, Carayol M, Ninot G, Boiché J. Efficacy of theory-based interventions to promote physical activity. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Health Psychology Review (2016)
  • Bernard P., Romain AJ., Trouillet R., Gernigon C, Nigg C, Ninot G. Validation of the Transtheoretical Model Processes of Change Measure for Physical Activity in an Adult French Sample (2014). International Journal of Behavioral Medicine Apr;21(2):402-10
  • Romain AJ, Bernard P, Galvez M, Caudroit J. Supervised exercise intervention for adults with type 2 diabetes: longitudinal investigation of processes of change. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research (2015) (download)

Smoking cessation/physical activity among adults with mental disorders

  • Bernard P, Ninot G, Cyprien F, Guillaume S, Courtet P, Georgescu V, Picot MC, Taylor A, Quantin X. Exercise and Counseling for Smoking Cessation in Smokers With Depressive Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial (2015). Journal of Dual Diagnosis. (download)
  • Bernard P, Ninot G, Guillaume S, Fond G, Courtet P, Picot MC, Quantin X. Physical activity as a protective factor in relapse following smoking cessation in participants with a depressive disorder (2012). The American Journal of Addictions. Jul;21(4):348-55
  • Bernard P, Ninot G, Moullec G, Guillaume S, Courtet P, Quantin X. Smoking cessation, depression, exercise: empirical evidence, clinical needs and mechanisms (2013). Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Oct;15(10):1635-50
  • Bernard P, Esseul E, Raymond L, Dandonneau L, Xambo JJ, Carayol M, Ninot G. Counseling and exercise intervention for smoking reduction in patients with schizophrenia: a feasibility study (2013). Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Feb, 27(1): 23–31
  • Bernard P, Ninot G, Quantin X. Self-reported physical activity in smoking precessation is not a protective factor of relapse for all. American Journal on Addictions (2015)

Physical activity and public health

  • Bernard P, Hains-Monfette G, Atoui S, Kingsbury C. Differences in daily objective physical activity and sedentary time btween women with self-reported fibromyalgia and controls; results from Canadian Health Measures Survey (download)
  • Bernard P. L’accompagnement des malades chroniques par l’activité physique : les enseignements de l’Exercise Referral Systems anglais. [The effectiveness and lessons learned from UK-Exercise Referral Systems : a systematic review]. Santé Publique (2015)

Peer Review Referee

Health Psychology, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Sports Medicine, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Health Psychology, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, American Journal on Addictions, Mental Health & Physical Activity, Psychiatry Research, BMC Public Health, Psychiatric Services, Journal of Mental Health, Revue des Maladies Respiratoires, Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Substance Use and Misuse, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Revue d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique, Disability & Rehabilitation, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, STAPS, Trials, Springer Plus, Revue Québécoise de Psychologie, Sleep Medicine Reviews, Preventive Medicine, Health Psychology


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  1. henckel permalink
    30/05/2017 2:27

    Demande de renseignements

    Bonjour monsieur,
    Je me permets de vous contacter de la part de monsieur Lentin Grégory.

    Actuellement aide-soignant en service de psychiatrie sur l’hôpital de Toulon.

    Je suis en attente des résultats pour valider une Licence STAPS « APAS » ainsi qu’une formation d’éducateur à la santé « ETP ».

    Travaillant sur l’élaboration d’un programme d’ ETP « APAS et santé mentale », je suis à la recherche d’études, de parutions sur les bien-faits « de l’APA en santé mentale ».

    Ce projet sera présenté à mon chef de pôle ainsi qu’à l’Agence Régionale de Santé.

    Par avance merci

    M HENCKEL Lionel

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