Caroline Brunelle

Associate Professor


Psychology, Department of

Hazen Hall 16

Saint John
1 506 648 5797

Other titles

Honours Coordinator

Dr. Caroline Brunelle is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

She completed her BA at Laval University in 1999, and pursued her PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University, graduating in 2006. Additionally, she completed her doctoral internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she developed knowledge in the treatment of individuals suffering from addictions as well as with forensic populations.

Dr. Brunelle conducts research on the heterogeneity of addictive disorders and their comorbidity with other behaviours, such as criminality.

She also has an interest for matching treatment interventions to the needs of the individual. Dr. Brunelle's teaching interests are in the area of health/clinical psychology.

She is also involved in various committees, both on-campus and in the community, including the advisory board of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Selected publications

  • Brunelle, C., Douglas, R.L., Pihl, R.O., & Stewart, S.H. (2009). Personality and substance use disorders in female offenders: A matched controlled study. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, pp. 472 - 476.
  • Brunelle, C., Barrett, S.P., & Pihl, R.O. (2007). Relationship between the cardiac response to acute intoxication and alcohol-induced subjective effects throughout the blood alcohol concentration curve. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 22, pp. 437 - 443.
  • Brunelle, C., & Pihl, R.P. (2007). Effects of conditioned reward and non-reward cues on the heart rate response to alcohol intoxication. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 31, pp. 383 - 389.
  • Brunelle, C., Barrett, S.P., & Pihl, R.O. (2006). Psychostimulant users are sensitive to the stimulant properties of alcohol as indexed by alcohol-induced cardiac reactivity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, pp. 479 - 483.
  • Brunelle, C., Assaad, J.M., Barrett, S., Avila, C., Conrod, P.J., Tremblay, R.E., & Pihl, R.O. (2004). Heightened heart rate response to alcohol intoxication is associated with a reward-seeking personality profile. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 29, pp. 394 - 401.
  • Brunelle, C., Assaad, J.M., Pihl, R.O., Tremblay, R.E., & Vitaro, F. (2003). Exaggerated ethanol-induced cardiac reactivity as an indicator of increased risk for gambling. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 17, pp. 83 - 86.