Maryse Lassonde was the President of the Conseil supérieur de l'éducation in the Government of Quebec from 2018 to 2022. From January 2012 to June 2018, she was the Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec en Nature et Technologies (FRQNT).
She was a professor of neuropsychology first at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1977-1988) and then at the Université de Montréal (1988-2012). Ms. Lassonde received her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Montreal and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University (California) in 1977. She has edited 7 books and written over 300 scientific articles and chapters. She has received many honors and awards, including the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec award for her contribution to the development of neuropsychology in Quebec and around the world, the Marcel Vincent award from ACFAS and the Adrien Pinard award from the Société Québécoise de Recherche en Psychologie. She is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec, of which she was President from 2008 to 2010. She held a Senior Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuropsychology from the NSERC Fund (2001-2013). Finally, she was elected President of the Royal Society of Canada from 2015 to 2017.