Latest News

March 31 2021

Dr. McArthur wins a 2020/2021 Owerko Centre Trainee Publication Award

Congratulations to one of our Post Doctoral Fellows, Dr. Brae Anne McArthur, on winning a 2020/2021 Owerko Centre Trainee Publication Award! The award ward recognizes trainees who have first authored papers focused on neurodevelopment and child mental health over a given year in an impactful and creative way. 

November 25, 2020

Julianna won an award for her presentation at the University of Calgary Undergraduate Research Symposium!

Congrats to one of our honours students, Julianna Park, for winning the Consent Awareness & Sexual Education Club Award at the University of Calgary Student's Union Undegraduate Research Symposium. This award recognizes student research projects focusing on trauma-informed care, intersection feminist advocacy, or topic surrounding consent and sex education.  Way to go, Julianna!

January 01, 2020

Jessy received the Alberta Innovates Graduate Studentship!

Congrats to one of our graduate students, Jessy Cooke, on receiving the Alberta Innovates (AI) Graduate Studentship in Health Solutions (Jan 2020 - Jan 2022). Her project focuses on examining the intergenerational relationships between maternal ACEs and children internalizing and externalizing problems. We are so proud of Jessy and her work! 

March 01, 2020

Whitney starts at the Cumming School of Medicine

Way to go to one of our lab member's, Whitney Ereyi-Osas, on starting medical school at the University of Calgary. We are so proud of Whitney and this incredible success! We are wishing her all the best on her journey. 

January 01, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Hentges on her new position!

Dr. Rochelle Hentges started a new position as a research assistant professor at East Tennessee State University's Strong BRAIN Institute. The DCDL is sad to say goodbye to the brilliant Dr. Hentges but we look forward to following her ongoing work. 

June 19, 2020

Cami wins a SSHRC doctoral award

A huge congratualtions to one of our graduate students, Camille Mori, on winning a SSHRC Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral studies with her project "Prevalence and Outcomes of Adolescent Sexting: A Longitudinal Analysis". 

December 01, 2020

Congrats to Dr. Madigan for winning the Public Engagement Award!

We are so proud of Dr. Sheri Madigan's knowledge mobilizaion efforts and the recognition of these with the University of Calgary Faculty of Arts Awards and Celebration of Excellence 2020 Public Engagement Award. 

February 19, 2020

Dr. Hentges wins the Owerko Centre Trainee Publication Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Rochelle Hentges for winning an Owerko Centre Trainee Publication Award for her publication on trajectories of delayed communicative development and differences in risk factors and developmental outcomes for different trajectories . We are proud of all your research efforts and this achievement! 

February 19, 2020

Dr. Racine wins the Owerko Centre Knowledge Dissemination and Engagement Award!!

​Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Racine for winning an Owerko Centre Knowledge Dissemination and Engagement Award. We are proud of all your research efforts and this achievement! This award recognizes individuals who have developed community-oriented projects that showcase the Owerko Centre’s commitment to studying neurodevelopmental disorders and child mental health, in a creative and impactful way. 

February 21, 2020

Hannah presents findings at the 2020 Canadian Perinatal Research Meeting!

One of our volunteers, Hannah Byles, presented findings on perinatal depression and the role of maternal adverse childhood experiences and social support at the 2020 Canadian Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM). Way to go, Hannah! 

February 21, 2020

Logan presents findings at the 2020 Canadian Perinatal Research Meeting!

One of our honours students, Logan Van Roessel, presented her findings on maternal adverse childhood experiences, financial stress, and substance use in pregnancy at the Canadian Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM). We are so proud of Logan and her dedication to this research! 

November 28, 2019

Dr. Racine wins an award for her paper published in JAMA Pediatrics!

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Racine for winning a Healthy Outcomes Theme Trainee Publication Award for her paper in JAMA Pediatrics entitled, "Trauma-Informed Care as a Universal Precaution Beyond the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire". We are proud of all your research efforts and this achievement!

November 28, 2019

Cami wins an award for her paper published in JAMA pediatrics!

One of our graduate students, Camille Mori, won a Healthy Outcomes Theme Trainee Publication Award, for her publication in JAMA pediatrics. You can read more about Camille's research into sexting behaviour and its relation with youth mental health here. Congratulations, Camille!

November 28, 2019

Ciana wins the Libraries Award at the Undergraduate Research Symposium!

One of our honours students, Ciana Anhorn, presented her research on screen use and language skills in children at the University of Calgary's Undergraduate Research Symposium. She was awarded the Office of the Vice-Provost Libraries Award for her fantastic poster presentation! Way to go, Ciana!

November 15, 2019

Jessy graduates with her MSc in Clinical Psychology!

We are so proud of our one of our graduate students, Jessy Cooke, for graduating from her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary. We are so excited that she will be continuing on with her PhD in the DCD lab and look forward to all the learning and research she will complete in the years to come. Congratulations, Jessy!

November 01, 2019

Dr. Brae Anne McArthur wins 1st place in the Postdoc Research Slam!

We are so proud and excited for one of our post-doctoral fellows, Dr. Brae Anne McArthur, for winning first place in the University of Calgary's Postdoc Research Slam. Dr. McArthur wowed the judges with an engaging presentation on the use and impact of screen viewing in childhood in this competition where postdocs talk about their research in a speedy 3 minutes. Congratulations, Brae! 

Photo source: Riley Brandt/UCalgary.  

October 15, 2019

Cami presents findings at AACAP!

Graduate student, Cami Mori, ​​​presented her research on sexting, sexual behaviours, and mental health in adolescents at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry conference in Chicago, Illinois! We are very proud of all her hard work. You can read more about this research here

October 18, 2019

Dr. Nicole Racine awarded a Peak Postdoctoral Scholar Award!

We are so proud of Dr. Nicole Racine for receiving a Peak Postdoctoral Scholar Award from the University of Calgary in Knowledge Engagement. Congratulations, Nicole!

Photo source: Riley Brandt/UCalgary.  

October 13, 2019

Chloe presents findings at the SSHD conference

DCD lab member, Chloe Devereux, presented research on children's language development and internalizing psychological problems at the Society for the Study of Human Development conference in Portland, Oregon! We are very proud of Chloe and her dedication to this research!

November 01, 2019

Dr. Nicole Racine wins an award for her paper published in Pediatrics!

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Racine for winning an Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute Trainee Publication award for her paper in Pediatrics entitled, "Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences and Infant Development". We are proud of all your research efforts and this achievement!

September 27, 2019

One of our summer students wins award for best oral presentation!

​Congratulations to Sophia for her win of Best Oral Presentation at the Canadian Organization for Undergraduate Health Research (COUHR) Calgary Research Symposium. We are excited to have Sophia as a volunteer in the lab this year and are proud of her accomplishment!

September 18, 2019

In the News: Dr. Racine comments on childhood behavior problems and adult insomnia

Dr. Racine weighs in on the importance of addressing behaviour problems and sleep issues during childhood, in an article in the National Post

June 07, 2019

Ciana wins best poster award!

Congratulations to Ciana for her win for best Undergraduate Student Poster Award at the 2019 Owerko Centre Conference! We are excited to have Ciana as an upcoming Honours student in the lab and are proud of her well-deserved accomplishment!

April 01, 2019

Rachel offered SSHRC Scholarship for her upcoming graduate work in the lab

Incoming graduate student, Rachel Eirich, secured a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her studies and research in the DCD Lab! This award supports students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. Congratulations, Rachel!

March 22, 2019

Lab members present on new findings at SRCD

Dr. Sheri Madigan, Dr. Nicole Racine, Dr. Rochelle Hentges, Dr. Brae Anne McArthur, and Jessy Cooke all presented symposia and posters at the Society for Research in Child Development. Click here to browse the abstracts from the conference.

February 19, 2019

Whitney Presents Findings at CNPRM

DCD lab member, Whitney Ereyi-Osas, presented recent research on postpartum depression, child behaviour problems, and the role of socio-demographic risk at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting in Mont Tremblant, QC! We are very proud of Whitney and her dedication to this research!

February 04, 2019

Our study on screen time in the news!

A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics by Dr. Sheri Madigan, Dr. Dillon Browne, Dr. Nicole Racine, Camille Mori, and Dr. Suzanne Tough on the Association Between Screen Time and  Children’s Performance on a Developmental Screening Test was reported on by TIME, CNNThe Globe and Mail, BBC News, CTV News, The Guardian, and The Conversation Canada. Click the underlined text to read articles from each news source!

January 02, 2019

Welcome to our new post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Brae Anne McArthur!

We are excited to welcome new post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Brae Anne McArthur, to our team! She has been awarded an Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. We look forward to her starting in our lab in April of 2019! 

December 30, 2018

Sexting Study One of Top 10 Articles Published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2018!

Dr. Madigan and colleagues' meta-analysis on sexting behaviour among youth has ranked #2 in JAMA Paediatrics' 2018 top articles based on quantitative measure of the attention each scholarly article receives in traditional and social media. Congratulations to Dr. Madigan and lab members and co-authors Christina Rash, and Anh Ly for this impressive achievement!

December 21, 2018

Dr. Nicole Racine Awarded ACHRI Trainee Small Research Grant!

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Racine, who was awarded an ACHRI Trainee Small Research Grant for her project Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Primary Care: Diagnostic Performance and Maternal Child Health Outcomes!

December 18, 2018

Dr. Nicole Racine Awarded Alberta Innovates Clinician Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Racine, who was awarded a 2018 Alberta Innovates Training and Early Career Development Clinician Fellowship for her project Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Primary Care: Diagnostic Performance and Maternal Child Health Outcomes! We are very proud of Nicole!

November 27, 2018

Dr. Sheri Madigan Awarded 2018 Killam Emerging Research Leader Award

Dr. Madigan was awarded the prestigious Killam Emerging Research Leader Award, which is presented to early career researchers who have made outstanding contributions to research, including: contributions and impact to knowledge and innovation; successful promotion, dissemination, and/or management of research activities; and training of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. We are incredibly proud of Dr. Madigan for this well deserved award. 

November 27, 2018

Summer Students Present at the URS

DCD Lab undergraduate students Whitney Ereyi-Osas and Chloe Devereux presented posters at the 2018Undergraduate Research Symposium. Whitney presented her poster on research from her ACHRI summer studentship, titled Maternal Postpartum Depression and Child Behaviour Problems in Marginalized Populations. Chloe presented her poster on research from her PURE summer studentship, titled Language Deficits and Young Children's Later Emotional Difficulties: Results from the All Our Families Cohort. We are very proud of both of them!

September 11, 2018

DCD Markin Student Highlighted in the News!

Read about Rachel Eirich's Markin Studentship examining the efficacy of different therapies in aiding children exposed to child abuse and trauma! Rachel, Dr. Madigan, and Dr. Racine partnered with Child Abuse Services at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre to facilitate this project. 

April 09, 2018

Undergraduate Summer Studentship Awards!

Congratulations to the following undergraduates in our lab that have received summer studentship awards! Rachel Eirich was awarded a Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program Award, Whitney Erey-Osas was awarded an Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute Summer Studentship, and Chloe Devereux was awarded a Program for Undergraduate Research Experience Award. We are very proud of them and excited to have them in lab this summer!

February 28, 2018

International News Coverage: Prevalence of Worldwide Teen Sexting Behaviors

A recent publication on teen sexting by Dr. Madigan and colleagues was published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday and has received international news coverage. Read about this research from Dr. Madigan's point of view in The Conversation or watch Dr. Madigan on ABC News. You can also read about this research in other sources, like Time MagazineCBC News, CNN, and CTV

February 20, 2018

Our Research Highlighted In The News: Developing Empathy in Childhood

Previous post-doc, Dr. Marc Jambon, and Dr. Madigan recently published in Child Development on the important influence siblings have on one another in developing empathy. Both Dr. Jambon and Dr. Madigan have recently shared their findings in The ConversationIn addition, The Conversation has also featured their piece emphasizing three strategies for promoting child empathy. Dr. Madigan recently spoke about these findings on CTV

February 18, 2018

Lab Members Present at CNPRM!

DCD lab members, Dr. Nicole Racine, Dr. Rochelle Hentges, Jessy Cooke, Rachel Pagaling, and Katie Zumwalt, presented recent research at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting!

January 07, 2018

Undergraduate Students Present at UofC's Research Symposium!

DCD Lab undergraduate students Rachel Eirich and John Choi presented posters at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations to Rachel, who received the Office of the Vice-Provost (Libraries) award for her poster, Meta-Analyses of the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment! John presented his poster, Prenatal Depression as a Risk Factor for Children's Poor Socio-Emotional Development: A Meta-Analysis. We are very proud of their hard work! 

October 24, 2017

Nina Anderson Awarded Gold Medallion!

Congratulations to our Research Assistant, Nina Anderson! Nina received the prestigious Gold Medallion from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Arts for 2017! This award reflects the highest academic distinction earned by graduating students. We are so proud and delighted to have her in our lab!

August 15, 2017

Jessy Cooke awarded ACHRI Graduate Studentship Support!

Congratulations to Jessy Cooke for being awarded a Graduate Studentship from Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)! This studentship is a competitive internal award given to provide graduate trainees additional stipend support for their research. We are very proud of her accomplishment!

July 24, 2017

Christina Rash Achieves 2017 Durand Jacobs Award!

Congratulations to Christina Rash for receiving the 2017 Durand Jacobs Award for her paper, "Self-Generated Motives for Not Gambling Among Young Adult Non-gamblers". This award is given to the best graduate student paper related to the psychology of addictive behaviors. We are very proud of her hard work!

July 21, 2017

Dr. Nicole Racine Awarded GG's Gold Medal!

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Racine for receiving a Governor General's Gold Medal! This prestigious award was presented for her outstanding academic achievements at York University. We are so proud of her well-deserved accomplishment!

July 20, 2017

Our Research Highlighted in the News: The Cascade of Risk for Mothers and Children

UToday and Global News highlights recent work published in the Journal of Pediatrics (Madigan, Wade, Plamondon, Maguire, & Jenkins, 2017) on how mothers who experience adversity in childhood may have an increased risk for prenatal and postpartum difficulties. These prenatal and postpartum difficulties may then increase risks for children, indicating a transfer of risks from one generation to the next. 

July 20, 2017

Our Research Highlighted in the News: Physical Activity Reduces Childhood Depression

UToday, CTV news, and Today's Parent features a recent meta-analysis published in Pediatrics (Korczak, Madigan, & Colasanto, 2017) on how physical activity may reduce the risk for depression in children. 

June 15, 2017

AMBIANCE Project Receives SSHRC Funding!

Dr. Madigan and collaborators receive a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant to carry out the AMBIANCE Project! The project titled, "Validation, Training, and Implementation of an Observational Assessment Tool of Maladaptive Parenting for Use in Applied Settings with Families at High Social Risk," is a research and community partnership aimed at validating an observational tool for use in family services settings.

June 12, 2017

International Graduate Internship

Graduate Research Assistant, Christina Rash, embarks on a 6-month internship at the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at the University of Sydney in Australia! Congratulations to Christina and we wish her all the best for a safe and successful trip.