Dr. Louise Aznavour Curriculum Vitae

English, French, Armenian, Turkish, Sign Language for the Deaf

1974 Université de Montréal, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
1972 Université de Montréal, Masters in Clinical Psychology
1970 Sir George Williams University (Concordia U.), Bachelors degree with honors in Psychology
1989 and 1991 Courses in Sign Language for the Deaf at Gallaudet University (the first University for the Deaf, Washington, D.C.) and courses at Mackay School for the Deaf, Montreal, Canada.
2013 Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Member of The Association For Integrative Psychology
1961-1965 American College for Girls (Robert College) A.C.G. Alumni Award
General Public: Private Therapy – Consultation – Coaching
Business Sector: Individual Employee Coaching and Group Seminars – Workshops – Boot Camps
International Projects: Business Sector – General Public

Remax Realtors Practice Resilience Stayingupbeat

Upon invitation this seminar was prepared for Remax Real Estate Brokers. RE/MAX is an acronym for Real Estate MAXimum.


Sage with Age

Seminar prepared for the Manoir Westmount community for quality senior living in Westmount, Quebec, Canada. Structure for the Seminar: The Optimistic Outlook; Daily Sleep and Wake Up Routine; Humor and Laughter in Stress Management; Relaxation Exercises

Association Québécoise Des Personnes Aphasiques

Seminar Series I & II Mindful Focus on the Present Moment (I) Practice Session – Coaching – Role Play – Role Reversal (II)

Broward County Galt Ocean Learning Center Florida

Practice Techniques Build Positive & Resilient Attitudes = Goodbye Stress – Hello Success = Live – Laugh – Learn

31st Annual Convention of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec

Les Journées Dentaires Internationales Du Québec, Palais du Congres, Montreal, Canada (About 1000 professionals attended to my presentation) Le Stress: Comment Vous Immuniser Contre Ses Effets – Techniques Pratiques To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Dental Association held its annual meeting in conjunction with Les Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, one of the largest annual dental meetings in Canada. The meeting was held in the newly expanded Montreal Convention Centre.

Shari Zedek Congregation

Laugh Your Way Out of Stress

World Federation For Mental Health, World Congress, Dublin, Ireland

Becoming an Optimist: Prevention of Burnout in Health Care Professionals

IV WAPR Congress, Dublin, Ireland

Professional Caretakers Learn Selective Optimism As An Antidote to Burnout

Center for the Advancement of Nursing Practice

Nurse’s Week: Jewish General Hospital Antidotes to Burnout

Mackay Center

Study day offered to staff and management Burnout: Prevention and Intervention Anger Management – groups for the students Social Skills Training – groups for the students

Hope and Cope

Oncology Department Staff, Jewish General Hospital Humor and Positive Imagery in Stress Management

Cancer Patients Self-Help Group

Jewish General Hospital Workshop on Stress Management

LaColle Center, Concordia University

Humor, Laughter and Relaxation Training in Stress Management

Ami Quebec

Support group for individuals diagnosed as having obsessions and compulsions. Over the years periodically invited as a resource professional.

Jewish General Hospital

Highlights of Seminars and workshops spread around different years:
  • Positive Power of Humor in stress management
  • Behavior Therapy Emphasized Employee Well-Being: “Caretakers Learn to Prevent Burnout”
  • Invited address: La Journée d’étude des Propriétaires du Programme des Foyers Gériatriques
  • Intensive Training Session on Relaxation Techniques
  • Series of seminars to boost the morale of “burnout” staff due to downsizing
  • Special conference offered to Cadre (Management of the hospital)
  • Downsizing Stress and Expanding Success in Communication

The Personnel Group of Montreal

Seminar on Communication Skills Training

Tekeyan Cultural Association

Workshop offered to the community Invited Address: Metabolic Cueing in the Obese

Université du Québec a Montréal

5ieme Colloque Quebecois Sur La Santé Mentale Entraînement a l’auto affirmation de Soi Pour Les Femmes Workshop offered to general staff, professors and university students

CEGEP Edouard-Montpetit

La Semaine de Psychologie Wilhelm Wundt Invited Address on Behavior Therapy

Continued Education Life Coaching Seminars


First things first. No book has a key to absolute success. There is no way to have a one true secret to being successful. You depend on other people and people depend on you. You yourself have the power to shine and rise to success…
Luis Alberto Vieira Martino

Invited Seminar Leader
British Council, Yerevan, Armenia

Subsidiaries of American and International Companies
in Yerevan, Armenia

Slavonic University

Yerevan, Armenia

American University of Armenia

Women’s Group:  Coping Skills Building

Invited Seminar Leader
British Council, Yerevan, Armenia

Subsidiaries of American and International Companies

in Yerevan, Armenia

Douglas Hospital Center
Verdun, Quebec, Canada



Mc Gill U., Concordia U., and Université de Montréal

Clinical supervision and teaching of Behavior Therapy Theory and Techniques to Doctorate students interning at the Behavior Therapy Unit & Presentation of seminars and providing supervision to Psychiatry Residents

Slavonic University

Yerevan, Armenia

American University of Armenia

Women’s Group:  Coping Skills Building

Bosphorus University (Previously Robert College)

Psychology Department, Istanbul, Turkey

Course Title:  Personality

Optimism, Stress Management, Creativity

American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Hokeban Group

American University of Armenia, Yerevan Armenia

mcgill_logoMcGill University (Liberal Arts Department)
Montreal, Canada
Course 1976-1982

concordia_logoConcordia University
Montreal, Canada
Course 1977

Ste Anne’s Veterans’ Hospital

Ste Anne de Bellevue, Québec, Canada

Centre d’acceuil Le Chainon

Centre for Retarded Children and Adults. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

neonlogogif6Mackay Center School for the Deaf Montreal, Quebec, Canada

(Ongoing) visit my website: www.stayingupbeat.com, books, CDs, communications etc.

Becoming an Optimist: Prevention of Burnout in Health Care Professionals, WFMH World Congress, Dublin, Ireland. Louise Aznavour, Scientific Programme, 109, 1995

Optimism Knocks. Louise Aznavour, Maureen Stafford, Michael Perreault. Training and Development, 10, 1994

Professional Caretakers Learn Selective Optimism as an Antidote to Burnout. Louise Aznavour, Maureen Stafford. IV WARP Congress, Book of Abstracts, 73, 1993.

Study presented at IVth Congress of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Dublin, Ireland, 26-29 September

Soignez Vos Phobies. Reader’s Digest, 81-84, 1985 (Article by Madelaine Roy based on interviews including Louise Aznavour)

The Comparative Effectiveness of Relaxation and Modeling of Self-Instructions in the Treatment of Stuttering. Louise Aznavour. 1982. (Draft of a research study)

Treatment of Stuttering by Relaxation, Self-Instructions and Modeling: A Behavioral Treatment Package. Louise Aznavour, Zahid Wasti, Paul Klodnisky.1980 (Research study prepared in collaboration with McGill University Psychology students

Effects of Volume and Caloric Preloading on Short Term Metabolic Cueing in the Obese. Louise Aznavour, Walter Watts.1976.

Research Study done with Dr. Walter Watts, concurrently a professor at University of New Brunswick and doing an internship at Behavior Therapy Unit, Douglas Hospital Center

Marathon Groups: One Session Behavioral Package for the Overweight. Louise Aznavour.1975.(Group therapy offered and data gathered to prepare and propose a model for future treatments, teaching and conferences for the university and hospital settings)

Effectiveness of Supplied Mediators in Relation to Presentation Modality and Retrieval Cue.Tannis Y. Arbuckle, Louise Aznavour. J. Experimental Psychology, 1973, 98, 286-290.

Self-Regulation. The Concept Its Objectives and Methods. (Masters Thesis, 1972)

Comparison of Different Methods of Self-Control in Tolerance of Noxious Stimulation. (Doctoral Thesis, 1974)
This study, based on experimental research protocol, gave promising results reaching statistical significance. A copy of this experimental research can be obtained from the archives of Université de Montréal.

Selective Optimism

The Power of Humor

Wellness Training

Mind/Body Connection (Psychoneuroimmunology)

Social Skills Deficits

Obesity/Food related disorders/Body Image


de l’Ordre des psychologues du Quèbec

= Professional Corporation of Psychologists in Quebec =

The Association For Integrative Psychology