Sheri Madigan, PhD, Director, Determinants of Child Development Lab

Dr. Madigan is a Canada Research Chair in the Determinants of Child Development. She joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2015 and is currently directing the Determinants of Child Development Lab, a lab that is dedicated to conducting research on the multidimensional influences that shape children's developmental trajectories. Dr. Madigan is a principal-investigator on several research projects on children's development supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program, and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

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Nicole Racine, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Nicole Racine is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Calgary in the Department of Psychology. Her program of research focuses on understanding maternal, familial, and environmental factors that influence early socioemotional development in children. In particular, her fellowship  is focusing on the transmission of maternal childhood adversity and maternal stress in the pre- and postpartum periods on mental health and school readiness in early childhood. She has a strong clinical and research interest in infant mental health as well as parent-child interactions and is passionate about partnering with community organizations. Nicole completed her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University in Toronto and her residency in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Her fellowship is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Rochelle Hentges, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Rochelle Hentges is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary and the Owerko Centre for Neurodevelopmental Research at the ACHRI. She worked for several years as a journalist before pursuing her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on examining how early contextual adversity (e.g., interparental aggression, harsh parenting, poverty) influence child development, with a specific focus on the moderating influence of temperament. She recently finished a post-doctoral position at the University of Pittsburgh. Rochelle will be working on the All Our Babies cohort study to examine the influence of early maternal stress on child socio-emotional and cognitive development.

Anh Ly, MA, Research Coordinator

Anh is a doctoral student in medical anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. She is happy to be back in Calgary where she completed her previous graduate studies and where she formerly worked as a Research Coordinator/Associate on several Aboriginal health projects for the Department of Family Medicine and Alberta Health Services. Her current research interests include: anthropology of infectious disease, global health and governance, colonial medicine, science and technology studies, and ethnography of Southeast Asia.

Jessica Cooke, Graduate Student, MSc II (Clinical Psychology)

Jessy is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include understanding how dysfunctional parent-child relationships contribute to children’s risk for psychosocial, emotional, and biobehavioral problems, and developing appropriate methods to improve child mental health and parent-child relationships. Jessy will help work on an assessment tool for identifying maladaptive parenting in high-risk populations.

Camille Mori, Graduate Student, MSc I (Clinical Psychology)

Camille recently graduated from a combined undergraduate degree program at the University of Calgary with a major in psychology with honours and a major in dance. Her research interests include lifespan psychology and understanding how environmental, social, and intergenerational factors impact development. She is also interested in knowledge translation; specifically, in how to best communicate research across disciplines and to the wider public. Camille will be focusing on antecedents and outcomes of sexting among adolescents.

Christina Rash, Graduate Research Assistant

Christina is a graduate student in psychology at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include risk factors for the intergenerational transmission of personality disorders and antisocial behaviour. In the Determinants of Child Development Lab, Christina is currently working on a project examining the intergenerational transmission of child abuse.

Rachel Eirich, Research Assistant and Coordinator

Rachel recently finished her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (Honours) at the University of Calgary. Rachel is interested in examining the impact of child maltreatment on children's developmental outcomes, whether specific risk or protective factors are associated with these outcomes, and the role of parent-child interactions in mitigating or hindering child wellbeing. In addition to the DCD Lab, she also volunteers at the Speech Development Lab. In the future, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology.

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Chloe Devereux

Chloe is a fifth-year Psychology Major at the University of Calgary. She will be completing her Honours with Dr. Hentges and Dr. Madigan this year. She is interested in child psychology and mental health, and hopes to pursue graduate studies. In the DCD lab, she is currently completing her summer studentship with Dr. Hentges, examining associations between child language development and psychopathology. 

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Alyssa Himbeault

Alyssa is an undergraduate Science student at Mount Royal University. She is interested in neuroscience, personality, and psychiatry. She is also fascinated by cognitive development in child and adolescent populations. In addition to volunteering with the DCD lab, she also volunteers as a soccer coach for a girls U18 team. 

Walaa Taha

Walaa recently completed her Honours thesis with Dr. Madigan and Dr. Racine. She also recently graduated from the University of Calgary's Psychology program. Her research focuses on disrupted maternal behaviour, as measured by the AMBIANCE, and its links to disorganized attachment in children. Her general study interests include child development, parent-child relationships, and positive family outcomes. Walaa intends to pursue a Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology. 

Noaah Reaume

Noaah is in her second year of a BSc in Psychology at the University of Calgary. She plans on completing the Honours program in her final year.  She is interested in clinical psychology, especially in adolescents, and the field of psychopharmacology. In addition to volunteering in the DCD lab, Noaah also volunteers at the Foothills Hospital in the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.  

Mahrukh Kaimkhani

Mahrukh is in her second year of a BSc in Psychology at the University of Calgary. She is interested in child development, neuropsychology, and health psychology. In the DCD lab, her role involves assisting with a meta-analysis examining associations between child language development and psychopathology. 

Iman Musani

Iman completed her honours degree in Psychology from Western University in 2016. She is interested in the development of maladaptive behaviours as well as the role of epigenetic factors throughout development. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in psychology in the near future.

Fiona Steedman

Fiona recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in psychology.  Her research interests include child language development, language and psychopathology, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She is currently working on a meta-analysis with Dr. Hentges. Fiona also volunteers in the Language and Cognitive Development Lab, at the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured and works as a Speech and Development Aide for children with speech and language delays. In the future, Fiona hopes to pursue graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology. 

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Whitney Ereyi-Osas

Whitney is a second-year Health and Society major at the University of Calgary. Her interests lie in child health and development, and she intends to pursue a career in the field of pediatrics. She currently volunteers with the DCD lab to explore the relationship between maternal stress and child development.

Simal Saeed

Simal is a third-year student majoring in Psychology at UCalgary. She intends to pursue graduate studies in child psychology, particularly in the area of child development and mental health. Her role in the DCD Lab involves working on a meta-analysis on maternal stress and child development.

John Choi

John is a fourth-year Biomedical Sciences student at UCalgary. With an honours thesis in the works for next year, his research interests include the maternal-fetal relationship, reproductive physiology, and neuropsychopharmacology. As a research assistant, he is involved with Dr. Jambon’s work on child pro-sociality.

Justin McLeod

Justin recently graduated from the University of Calgary with an Honours degree in psychology. Justin's research focused on affective forecasting in romantic relationships and how both depression symptoms and attachment styles can cause forecasting errors. Currently, Justin works at both the Alberta Children's Hospital, on the mental health patient care unit, and at Renfrew Recovery Centre. Justin is currently a prospective student in clinical psychology hoping to examine determinants of children's early social, emotional and attachment development.

Sanchit Garg

Sanchit recently completed his Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary.  His research interests include the brain-behavior relationship, pediatric psychology, neuropsychopharmacology, and oncology.  In addition to volunteering at the DCD lab, he volunteers for the patient outreach program in the neurological wards at Foothills Medical Centre.

Pauline Wu

Pauline is in her third year of a BSc in psychology. She is interested in various aspects of child psychology, neuropsychology, and psychopathology. In the DCD lab, she is helping with the Postpartum Maternal Stress meta-analysis. 

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2018 DCD Lab Event 

Thanks to our DCD Lab Members who made it to our bowling event/goodbye party for Nina! We are wishing Nina all the best as she moves on to her next adventure and starts her graduate program in Clinical Psychology! We also wish the following students best of luck as they begin their graduate studies this fall: Claire McGuinness, Rachel Pagaling, and Katie Zumalt! Last, we say farewell to our summer graduate exchange student, Audrey Gauthier-Légaré! We will miss having you all in lab!

2017 DCD Lab Event 

Thanks DCD Lab Members for your endless hard work and dedication to our lab! We couldn't do it without you!

Past Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Marc Jambon (University of Toronto Mississauga) 

Past Research Assistants and Volunteers

Katie Zumalt (Graduate Student, Columbia University)

Claire McGuinness (Graduate Student, University of Calgary)

Rachel Pagaling (Graduate Student, University of Calgary)

Nina Anderson (Graduate Student, University of Denver)

Audrey Gauthier-Légaré (Graduate Student, Université Laval)

Mackenzie Beaupre

Rejimol Perika (Health Sciences Major, University of Calgary)

Vanessa Huynh (Health Sciences and Biomedical Honours Student, University of Calgary)

Elena Buliga (Graduate Student, University of Calgary)

Shanaya Fischer (Psychology Honours Student, University of Calgary)

Zoe Hodgins (Graduate Student, McMaster University)

Danae Laut (Graduate Student, University of Calgary)

Sara Lolarga (Psychology Major, University of Calgary)

Julia Poole (Graduate Student, University of Calgary)

Lea Schumacher (International Exchange Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Kaleem Khan (Psychology Honours Student, University of Calgary)

Helen Wang (Health Sciences Major, University of Calgary)