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Dr. Soizic Gauthier


Assistant professor of Psychology

Dr. Soizic Gauthier is a clinical psychologist and holds a Ph.D. in Psychopathology from the University of Paris, affiliated with the College de France. Before joining Forward, she worked as a Contractual Ph.D. candidate, and as a Temporary lecturer and research assistant at the University of Paris, which allowed her to teach in the University of Paris’ bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology for several years. After getting her Ph.D., she joined the research team of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris as a postdoctoral research fellow.  

She joined Forward College in 2022 and is teaching psychology at Forward’s Paris Campus. 

Research interests

  • Intersubjective relationship: Empathy and perspective taking
  • Intersubjective relationship within a therapeutic context
  • New technologies in therapeutic & learning practices
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders, child and adolescent psychopathology

Current teaching

  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Research skills 2: Literature review
  • Philosophy of Psychology

Select publications

  • Peer Reviewed Articles

Monteleone, V., Presti, L.L., La Cascia, M., Gauthier, S., Xavier, J., Zaoui, M., Berthoz, A., Cohen, D., Chetouani, M. and Anzalone, S. (2020). Semi-automatic behavioral change-point detection: a case study analyzing children interactions with a social agent. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems.

Xavier, J., Gauthier, S., Cohen, D., Zahoui, M., Chetouani, M., Villa, F., Berthoz, A. and Anzalone, S. (2018). Interpersonal synchronization, motor coordination, and control are impaired during a dynamic imitation task in children with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in psychology9, 1467.

Gauthier, S., Anzalone, S.M., Cohen, D., Zaoui, M., Chetouani, M., Villa, F., Berthoz, A. and Xavier, J. (2018). Behavioral own-body-transformations in children and adolescents with typical development, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental coordination disorder. Frontiers in psychology9, 676.

Gauthier, S. (2017). À propos des effets de l’empathie sur le vécu du corps et des difficultés éventuelles qui en découlent. Corps Psychisme, (2), 129-142.

  • Peer Reviewed Book Chapters 

Gauthier, S. (2020). Empathie. In Gayon, J. (Eds.), L’identité. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Gallimard.

Gauthier, S., & Berthoz, A. (2019). Bases neurales de la sympathie et de l’empathie dans la relation avec autrui. In Froment, A., Guy, H. (Eds.). Anthropologie de la santé, anthropologie du soin. La découverte


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