Since 1970, Michel Sabourin is Professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal. From 2004 to 2008, he was appointed Head of the Department and Member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He retired in 2011 and was appointed Professor Emeritus. His main research interests deal with credibility assessment in a cross-cultural context, the effects of the media on the victims of crime, and the psychology of the vexatious litigant. He has pioneered legal psychology in the province of Quebec . He is regularly called upon by the Canadian and American courts as an expert witness. He recently acted as special consultant to the Chief Justice of the Quebec Superior Court and since 2001, regularly conducts training sessions for judges of the different Canadian courts, under the auspices of the Canadian National Judicial Institute.
Professor Sabourin was twice elected President of the College of Psychologists of Quebec (1982-85, 1992-94). He was also elected President of the Canadian Psychological Association in 1989. He was Executive Secretary for Canada and the USA of the Interamerican Society of Psychology from 1983 to 1987. From 1988 to 1992, he was Editor of the International Journal of Psychology. Since 1993, he has been Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and has been the IUPsyS delegate to the General Assembly of the ICSU Committee on the Use of Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) since 1997. He was elected Treasurer of CODATA in 2008 and Treasurer of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in 2010. As Treasurer of IUPsyS, CODATA and ISSC, Professor Sabourin has been instrumental in leading important financial and structural reforms that contributed to greater financial resources and enhanced fiscal stability.
Professor Sabourin is the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards, including the 2006 Distinguished Psychologist Award of the American Psychological Association Division of International Psychology; the first Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology in 2000; as well as the 2006 Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession. In 2007, he was given the Noël-Mailloux Lifetime Award by the Quebec College of Psychologists for his outstanding contributions to the discipline of psychology.
He is author or co-author of more than 70 scientific publications (books, book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals) in different areas of the discipline of psychology.