Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie  
April 2019

Catherine Ouellet-Courtois

PhD student in Psychology
Université de Montréal

Award-winning publicationCognitive confidence in obsessive-compulsive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Published in: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders



People who struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, do not have a memory problem but remain convinced they do. This is known as low cognitive confidence. Catherine Ouellet-Courtois conducted a literature review and meta-analysis on the issue and found that people with OCD do, indeed, have lower cognitive confidence than the general population, though evidence of a direct link between the occurrence and OCD is limited. Her work lays the foundations for new avenues for research and intervention and advances that discussing low cognitive confidence in therapy could prove effective, providing it is addressed based on the patient's specific beliefs.