About Us

The Determinants of Child Development Lab (DCD lab, est. 2015), is dedicated to research on the determinants of children's early social, emotional, and cognitive development by looking at the multiple sources of influences that contribute to children's developmental trajectories. Directed by Canada Research Chair, Dr. Sheri Madigan, our lab covers a wide range of subject matter including, among others, child mental health and neuropsychological functioning, intergenerational family dynamics, perinatal factors, early adversity, and parental attachment history. Our research intends to contribute more broadly to the university's initiative to enhance brain and mental health research, an area of research priority outlined in the University of Calgary's Eyes High vision.

Please explore our website to learn more about our past, current, and upcoming projects, as well as opportunities to join our team! 

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The Lab

Determinants of Child Development Lab

1235 Education Tower

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4



Email: sheri.madigan@ucalgary.ca

Twitter: @sherimadigan 

Psychology Department

Department of Psychology

Administration Building, Room AD255

539 Campus Place NW

Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4



Phone:  (403) 220-5561

Website:  http://psych.ucalgary.ca


Department of Psychology, University of Calgary


Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)


The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education (Hotchkiss Brain Institute)


The Owerko Centre (ACHRI)


Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network (AHS)