24th Occasional Temperament Conference


The 24th edition of the Occasional Temperament Conference will take place October 5-7 2023 in Orford, Québec, Canada.

The Occasional Temperament Conference (OTC) welcomes researchers, students and practitioners from around the world who have a special interest in the study of temperament and its use in a variety of contexts. Given that it brings together prominent experts in the field into a small-scale setting, the OTC offers a unique opportunity for networking with leaders and colleagues who are passionate about the study and applications of temperament.

The 24th edition of the OTC will feature two distinguished kand covering multiple domains, from the biological underpinnings of temperament to its practical applications.



Conference Organizers

Chair :
Jean-Pascal Lemelin, Université de Sherbrooke

Co-Chairs :
Annie Bernier, Université de Montréal
Nicolas Berthelot, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Yann Le Corff, Université de Sherbrooke


Département de psychologie


Keynote Speakers

Nancy Eisenberg is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests include relations between temperament, self-regulation and socio-emotional adjustment, moral development, culture, and developmental psychopathology.

Professor Eisenberg’s impactful work has been published in all the major psychology journals. She has served as Editor or Associate Editor for journals such as Developmental Psychology, American Psychologist, Child Development Perspectives, or Psychological Bulletin. She is the recipient of countless awards and honors, including from the Society for Research in Child Development, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.



Jennifer Tackett is a clinical psychologist, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Northwestern University. She leads the Personality Across Development Lab which studies interactions between temperament, individual experiences, and biology in order to gain a better understanding of the contribution of youth personality to common behavioral problems.

Professor Tackett is Editor-in-chief of Clinical Psychological Science and has served as Associate Editor for journals such as Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science; Journal of Personality; Perspectives in Psychological Science; the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment; the Journal of Personality Disorders Assessment, and the Journal of Research in Personality.

Pre-Conference Workshops, Conference Program, and Submissions


Preconference workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be offered to registered participants on Thursday, October 5 2023. The organizing committee is now welcoming proposals. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact us with details at occtemperamentconference2023@gmail.com


The 24th edition of the OTC will include eight symposia chaired by experts in the field.

  1. Adversity, vulnerability, psychopathology, and temperament
  2. Neuroscience, biology, and temperament
    Chair: Martha Ann Bell
  3. Social relationships, parenting, and temperament
  4. Temperament and personality
    Chair: Sarah De Pauw
  5. Practical and clinical applications of temperament
    Chair: Sean McDevitt
  6. Temperament in the school context
    Chair: Kathleen Rudasill
  7. Development and measurement of temperament
  8. Culture, gender, and temperament


Paper presentations in a symposium

Participants interested in presenting in a symposium are invited to complete the following form and send it to the organizing committee by DATE 2023 at occtemperamentconference2023@gmail.com.


Poster presentations

Poster presentations will be considered on a rolling basis until DATE 2023. All topics related to the study of temperament will be considered. Participants are invited to complete the following form and send it to the organizing committee at occtemperamentconference2023@gmail.com

Venue, Accomodation, and Transportation



The OTC will be held in an idyllic natural setting named the Manoir des Sables, in Orford, Quebec, Canada.

Orford is situated just outside of the city of Sherbrooke, in a region called the Eastern Townships. Early October is right in the middle of the “Season of Colors” in the Eastern Townships, a part of the year characterized by the beauty of the outdoor nature and the autumn leaves.



The OTC will be hosted at the Manoir des Sables. Rooms are reserved for delegates until DATE 2023. Participants are invited to book their accommodation before this date if they want to sleep on site.

Accommodation is not included in the registration rate and should be booked separately.

Other hotels are located within walking distance or a short drive from the Manoir des Sables.


Getting there

The Manoir des Sables is accessible to participants travelling by air or by car.

By Air
Arrangements should be made in advance for people flying to Québec. Orford is approximately 1.5-hour drive from the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.

From the Montreal airport, using the services from Aéronavette is the easiest way to reach the conference location . The shuttle is available 24/7. Reservations can be made on the Aéronavette website once delegates have booked their flight. The fee is 152$CND + taxes for a round trip.


By Car
The Manoir des Sables is located at 90, avenue des Jardins, Orford (Quebec) J1X 6M6. See the Map here.

Participants arriving from the USA: The U.S. Route 91 directly leads to the Orford Region. The Manoir des Sables is approximately 30 minutes from the border.

Free parking is available at the Manoir des Sables.


Registration will be available soon. Please come back.