Désirée Lussier

Désirée Lussier is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the SIMEXP laboratory at the Université de Montréal. 

Current Areas of Research

Désirée Lussier’s research interests lie in the development and utilization of machine/deep learning techniques towards the solving of problems in neuroimaging. To this end, she is particularly interested in variational autoencoders and the use of graph convolutional neural networks. Her current research currently focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders and the application of these methods to these and related conditions.

Past Projects

Her dissertation work investigated the relationship of brain morphology and oxytocin with chronic pain and pain sensitivity in older adults with the Social-Cognitive and Affective Development Lab and PAIN laboratoryHer master’s thesis investigated age-differential effects of intranasal oxytocin on “social brain” resting state functional connectivity in women. Prior to her graduate training, Désirée worked as a clinical research associate at Seattle Children’s Research Institute with the Psychology and Beahvioral Systems Lab where she focused on gender differences in autism spectrum disorders using functional neuroimaging.

Educational Background

Désirée Lussier graduated with her PhD from the University of Florida with a dual specialization in Developmental Psychology and Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience in Summer 2019. Her dissertation work investigated the relationship of brain morphology and oxytocin with chronic pain and pain sensitivity in older adults. She received her Master of Science in psychology from the University of Florida in the Spring of 2018. Her master’s thesis investigated age-differential effects of intranasal oxytocin on “social brain” resting state functional connectivity in women. She previously served in the United States Army as a network switch systems operator/maintainer. 

External Links

 Follow Désirée on Twitter: @desiree_lussier

 Github repositories and code: dllussier

Contact Information

Email: desiree.lussier@ufl.edu or desiree.lussier.levesque@criugm.qc.ca