Philippe Cappeliez

Emeritus Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada


  • International Reminiscence and Life Review (IIRLR)


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, McGill University, Montreal (Qc)
  • Licence en psychologie et candidature en psychologie et sciences de l’éducation, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique


  • Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis Exemplar Research Award (awarded by the IIRLR)
  • Professor of the Year, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
  • Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association


  • Psychology


  • Retired after 33 years of university teaching, clinical training, and research


  • Clinical Psychology


  • Functions of reminiscence in late adulthood
  • Reminiscence interventions for depressed older adults


Updated 10-31-71 P Cappeliez List of Publications


Recent publications:

  • Cappeliez, P. (2017). Le passé recomposé : Les souvenirs personnels comme voies pour se comprendre et se développer. (manuscrit soumis pour publication).
  • Cappeliez, P . (in preparation). Caught in vicious cycles of memories : Overactive self-functions of reminiscence in clinically depressed older adults. Chapter in In F. Gibson (Ed.), International Perspectives on Reminiscence, Life Review and Life Story Work. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Pub.
  • Cappeliez, P. & Webster, J.D. (2017). Reminiscence through a cultural lens. The International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review, 4(2), 3-4.
  • Cappeliez, P. (2017). The worth of personal memories: Reviewing, letting go, or…obliterating? The International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review, 4(1), 1-2.
  • King, D.B., Cappeliez, P., Canham, S.L., & O’Rourke, N. (in press). Functions of reminiscence in laster life: Predicting change in the physical and mental health of older adults over time. Aging & Mental Health.
  • O’Rourke, N., King, D.B., & Cappeliez, P. (2017). Reminiscence functions over time: Consistency of self functions and variation of prosocial functions. Memory, 25:3, 403-411. DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2016.1179331.
  • King, D.B., Cappeliez, P., O’Rourke, N., Carmel, S., & Bachner, Y.G. (2015). Remembering genocide: The effects of early life trauma on reminiscence functions among Israeli Holocaust survivors. Traumatology, 21 (3), 145–152. DOI: 10.1037/trm0000040.
  • O’Rourke, N., Bachner, Y. G., Cappeliez, P., Chaudhury, H., & Carmel, S. (2015). Reminiscence functions and the health of Israeli Holocaust survivors as compared to other older Israelis and older Canadians. Aging & Mental Health, 19 (4), 335-346. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2014.938607