Catherine Fichten


Catherine Fichten


Psychologist, Behavioral Psychotherapy and Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Co-Director, Adaptech Research Network
514-340-8222 ext. 5622


Dr. Catherine Fichten is a psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. She is a clinical psychologist with the Behavioural Psychotherapy and Research Unit of the Department of Psychiatry of the Jewish General Hospital, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Dawson College. She practices as a clinical psychologist with the Behavioral Psychotherapy and Research Unit of the Institute for Community and Family Psychiatry (ICFP) and she is a senior member of the Sleep and Aging Research Team, where she does research on issues related to insomnia, sleep apnea, nonrefreshing sleep, and chronic fatigue syndrome. She co-directs the Adaptech Research Network, a bilingual multidisciplinary research team which conducts research on higher education and disability. Dr. Fichten is the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public or Community Service, the Prix Reconnaissance de l'Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC), and the Prix de l'ARC pour Contribution au Développement de Carrières Scientifiques. She has been associated with the Jewish General Hospital since 1981.

She publishes extensively in both English and French with colleagues and students and currently holds grants from numerous provincial and federal funding agencies.

Research Interests

Dr. Fichten has two main areas of research. One is concerned with factors which help or hinder the participation of individuals with various disabilities in community life. She is interested, in particular, in the role that higher education and computer and information technologies can play in allowing individuals with a variety of disabilities to participate fully in the Canadian mainstream. The second concerns sleep, insomnia, and sleep related aspects of behavioural medicine and health psychology. Her work has focused on determinants and treatments of insomnia and various other primary sleep disorders and on sleep and daytime functioning in chronic fatigue syndrome.

Selected Publications

Fichten, C.S. & Libman, E. (2011). Long sleepers. In M. Thorpy and M. Billiard (Eds.). Sleepiness: Causes, disorders, consequences and treatment (pp. 249-261). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Fichten, C.S., Creti, L., Rizzo, D., Bailes, S., Baltzan, M., Amsel, R. & Libman, E. (in press). Do all individuals with sleep apnea suffer from daytime sleepiness? A preliminary investigation. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Fichten, C.S. , Asuncion, J.V., Barile, M., Ferraro, & Wolforth, J. (2009). Accessibility of eLearning, computer and information technologies to students with visual impairments in postsecondary education. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 103(9), 543-557.

Fichten, C.S., Nguyen, M.N., Asuncion, J.V., Barile, M., Budd, J., Amsel, R. & Libman, E. (2010). Information and communication technology for French and English speaking postsecondary students with disabilities: What are their needs and how well are these being met? Exceptionality Education International, 20(1), 2-17

Fichten, C.S., Ferraro, V., Asuncion, J.V., Chwojka, C., Barile, M., Nguyen, M.N., Klomp, R., & Wolforth, J. (2009). Disabilities and e-learning problems and solutions: An exploratory study. Educational Technology and Society, 12 (4), 241–256.

Important Links

 Dr. Fichten's publication indexed on PubMed

 Dr. Fichten's personal web page

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