Nathalie Bier, Ph.D.

Full Professor

Contact details (Research)
Research Center of the Institut de gériatrie de Montréal
4565, rue Queen Mary
Montréal (Qc) H3W 1W5
T 514 340-3540, # 4004

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-6564
514 343-2105

Occupational therapy

Researcher profile (french)


  • B.Sc. Occupational therapy, École de réadaptation, Université de Montréal (1999)
  • M.Sc. Biomedical sciences, Université de Montréal (2002)
  • Ph.D. Clinical Sciences – Geriatrics, Université de Sherbrooke (2007)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Cognitive sciences, Centre de recherche de l’Université Laval, Robert Giffard, (2010)

Current research projects

  • Functional profile of normal elderly and those with cognitive impairments (mild cognitive impairments, typical and atypical dementia)
  • Use of new technologies for evaluation of older adults’needs and aging in place
  • Cognitive rehabilitation and maintaining meaningful activities
  • Communities and health services for home support of elderly people with cognitive impairment

Selected publications

  • Bier, N., El-Samra, A., Bottari, C., Vallet, G. T., Carignan, M., Paquette, G., . . . Rouleau, I. (2019). Posterior cortical atrophy: Impact on daily living activities and exploration of a cognitive rehabilitation approach. Cogent Psychology, 6(1), 1634911. doi:10.1080/23311908.1634911
  • Lussier, M., Adam, S., Chikhaoui, B., Consel, C., Gagnon, M., Gilbert, B., . . . Bier, N. (2019). Smart Home Technology: A new approach for performance measurements of activities of daily living and prediction of mild cognitive impairment in older adults. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 68(1), 85-96. doi:10.3233/jad-180652
  • Lavoie, M., Bier, N., & Macoir, J. (2019). Efficacy of a self-administered treatment using a smart tablet to improve functional vocabulary in post-stroke aphasia: a case-series study. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 54(2), 249-264. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12439
  • Lussier, M., Lavoie, M., Giroux, S., Consel, C., Guay, M., Macoir, J., . . . Bier, N. (2019). Early detection of mild cognitive impairment with in-home monitoring sensor technologies using functional measures: A systematic review. Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 23(2), 838-847. doi:10.1109/JBHI.2018.2834317
  • Imbeault, H., Langlois, F., Bocti, C., Gagnon, L., & Bier, N. (2018). Can people with Alzheimer’s disease improve their day-to-day functioning with a tablet computer? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special issue on technology and rehabilitation, 28(5), 779-796. doi:10.1080/2015.1133431
  • Bier, N., Paquette, G., & Macoir, J. (2018). Smartphone for smart living: Using new technologies to cope with everyday limitations in semantic dementia. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special issue on technology and rehabilitation, 28(5), 734-754. doi:10.1080/09602011.1094395

Research interests

  • Impact of cognitive deficits on human activities in normal and pathological aging (brain regions and information processing)
  • Cognitive rehabilitation in the continuum of cognitive aging to dementia (typical and atypical)
  • Use of new technologies for assessment and intervention in healthy and pathological cognitive aging
  • Aging in place
  • Health services
  • Community settings