Testimonial of Daphne Génier Marchand
Tapping into the brain to heal the body
Dr. Daphné Génier Marchand, neuropsychologist in IRGLM’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program.
Neurologist Dr. Daphné Génier Marchand has been working in the Traumatic Brain Injury Program since 2018, at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal (IRGLM). She says this profession is not only rewarding from a human perspective, but also intellectually stimulating. In fact, the connection between social sciences and health sciences are what motivated her to choose this career. She was also attracted by the combination of the cognitive and affective aspects and the importance of analysis in this area of psychology.
Dr. Génier Marchand plays a vital role in patient rehabilitation. Using a battery of neuropsychological tests and observations, while taking into account individual factors that can affect performance, she establishes a cognitive and behavioural profile of her patients. This helps the care team better understand their patients’ needs. This assessment also seeks to understand the changes that occurred following the accident on previous functioning, and then to better understand certain behaviors.
Finding solutions as a team
Dr. Génier Marchand’s work includes important observations that serve to establish and recommend strategies for optimal rehabilitation. “Patients often experience a change in their identity and may suffer from anxiety or depression,” says Dr. Marchand. “But with their motivation and the personalized support offered by the interdisciplinary team they can prepare to go home and enjoy a life that is as functional as possible.”
Dr. Génier Marchand works in collaboration with the care team, but also with each patient and their loved ones to find ways to help them manage their daily lives despite the impact of certain symptoms, including sleep problems, pain management and memory loss. When the patient feels ready to go home and the family feels reassured, the mission has been accomplished. “I’m fortunate to be able to support people during this chapter of their lives and to play a role in their wellbeing,” says Dr. Génier Marchand.
Dr. Daphné Génier Marchand
“With their motivation and the personalized support offered by the interdisciplinary team they can prepare to go home and enjoy a life that is as functional as possible.”