Mood, stress, and anxiety

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Mood, stress, and anxiety are closely linked to mental health and therefore to sustainable health. In Canada, anxiety and mood disorders are the most common mental health problems and affect individuals of all ages (Health Canada 2016). Stress is also a big risk factor that can lead to many diseases when it is not well managed or becomes too intense.

Committee approach

The committee takes a dimensional approach to examine these specific aspects and mental health in general. The main focus is on perceived mental health and well-being rather than various disorders and psychopathologies. The committee has just begun its work on this aspect. Information will be added soon.


Martin D. Provencher

Martin D. Provencher

School of Psychology, FSS

Catherine Bégin
School of Psychology, FSS

Geneviève Belleville
School of Psychology, FSS

Magalie Canuel
Environmental Health and Toxicology Division, INSPQ

Yves De Koninck
Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, FMED

Guillaume Foldes-Busque
School of Psychology, FSS

Carol Hudon
School of Psychology, FSS

Philippe Landreville
School of Psychology, FSS

Pierre Marquet
Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, FMED

Marie-Christine Ouellet
School of Psychology, FSS

Martin Roy
CERVO Brain Research Centre, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale


PULSAR has developed a conceptual framework for exploring and identifying the best ways to measure and evaluate specific aspects of sustainable health. This framework makes it possible to take stock of existing tools and measures and categorize and classify them according to various criteria such as ease of use, complexity, and implementation cost. Once established by consensus by our committees, this system will provide a quick overview of the tools and measures proposed by PULSAR for each dimension of interest. The conceptual framework is re-evaluated annually to allow the committees to make improvements so it can be used to develop multiple indicators of sustainable health.

Indicators of mood, stress and anxiety

Self-Reported Measures

Core Module

  • PHQ-2
  • GAD-2
  • Question on perceived stress
  • Question on diagnoses
  • Question on drugs
  • Question on consultations 
  • Question on perceived mental health 

Extended Module

Core (excluding PHQ-2 et GAD-2) + PHQ-9 + GAD-7 + Questions about the use of anxiety medication

Advanced Module

Extended (excluding PHQ-9) + Full PHQ

Optional Modules

  • BDI
  • BAI
  • GDS
  • GAI
  • Mood diary
  • HADS

If you have an interest in a particular disorder or topic please contact us.

Objective Measures

Core Module


Extended Module

Assessment by a professional:  

  • MINI
  • Perceived stress scale

Advanced Module

  • SCID-5 or ADIS-5
  • Medical records

Optional Modules

  • SCID-5 Personality
  • Disorder-specific measures
  • HDRS
  • HAM-A

Specialized Objective Measures

Core Module

  • Salivary cortisol
  • Heart rate (watch)

Extended Module

  • Blood cortisol and other basic blood measurements
  • Skin conductance
  • Heart rate 
  • Cardiovascular reactivity 
  • Cardiac variability
  • Respiratory rhythm
  • Behavioural and provocation tests

Advanced Module

  • Respiratory rhythm and amplitude, spirometry
  • Blood biomarkers
  • Physiological recording measurements
  • Anatomical measurements
  • Repeated blood measurements

Optional Modules

  • Genetic analysis

Contact PULSAR

Want to study mood, stress, or anxiety as part of your research projects, contact experts on the team, participate in our research on assessing this aspect of sustainable health, or simply learn more? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!