Research Collaborators

DBrowne Dillon Brown

Dillon’s research focuses on better understanding the social determinants of inequalities in developmental health. In his work, the central role of family factors in the emergence of childhood socioeconomic gradients is emphasized. He has also conducted psychosocial intervention research with a variety of populations, including families and children involved with child welfare, therapeutic foster care, psychiatric outpatient services, integrated treatment networks for complex medical and developmental disabilities, and the criminal justice system.

Dillon received a Canadian Vanier Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the area of Environmental Influences on Health for graduate studies at the University of Toronto. Following this, he completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral studies in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the APA accredited clinical psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco.

Selected Publications

Browne, D.T., Kumar, A., Puente-Duran, S., Leckie , G., Georgiades, K., Jenkins, J.M. (2017)Emotional problems among recent immigrants and parenting status: Findings from a national longitudinal study of immigrants in Canada. PLOS One, 12(4):e0175023

Browne, D., Wade, M., Prime, H., & Jenkins, J.M. (2017). School readiness amongst urban Canadian families: Risk profiles and family mediation. Journal of Educational Psychology. doi : 10.1037/edu0000202

Browne, D. T., Leckie, G., Prime, H., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. (2016). Observed Sensitivity during family interactions: A study of multiple dyads per family. Developmental Psychology. Vol 52(7), 1128-1138

Browne, D. T., Plamondon, A., Prime, H., Puente-Duran, S., & Wade, M. (2015). Cumulative risk and developmental health: An argument for the importance of a family-wide science. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 397–407

AndreAndré Plamondon

André Plamondon is professor at Université Laval. His research interests focus on developmental psychopathology. In particular, he is interested in the role that environmental factors such as parenting play both in terms of risk factors but also protective factors in the presence of risk. He is also interested in the antecedents and consequences of inattention, as well as in the factors that may reduce its developmental significance. His research often features advanced statistical techniques to more adequately capture the complexity of human development.

Selected Publications

Plamondon, A., Akbari, E., Atkinson, L., Steiner, M., Meaney, M. J., & Fleming, A. S. (2015). Spatial working memory and attention skills are predicted by maternal stress during pregnancy. Early Human Development, 91(1), 23-29. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2014.11.004

Plamondon, A., & Martinussen, R. (2015). Inattention Symptoms Are Associated With Academic Achievement Mostly Through Variance Shared With Intrinsic Motivation and Behavioral Engagement. Journal of attention disorders, doi: 10.1177/1087054715587098

Plamondon, A., Browne, D. T., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. M. (2017). Disentangling Child-Specific and Family-Wide Processes Underlying Negative Mother-Child Transactions. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-017-0309-2

MWadeMark Wade

Mark received his PhD in School & Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Toronto in 2017 as a member of the Developmental Psychopathology lab with Dr. Jenkins. He completed his predoctoral residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine/Seattle Children’s Hospital that same year. Mark’s dissertation work focused on children’s neurocognitive development (executive functioning, theory of mind, and language ability), and how these cognitive skills contribute to social functioning, academic competence, and mental health in typically-developing children. In particular, Mark examined how biomedical risks (e.g. birth weight, prematurity) and psychosocial adversity (e.g. social disadvantage, cumulative risk) operate alongside genetic dispositions in shaping children’s neurocognitive outcomes, and the implications of this for psychopathology. At last count, Mark had produced 27 publications during his graduate training, and was the recipient of the 2018 APA Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology. Mark then received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (CIHR) to study at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s hospital, working on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP) with Dr. Charles Nelson. Here, Mark is currently examining the long-term psychiatric and neuropsychological outcomes of institutionalized children who experienced severe early psychosocial deprivation. His long-term goal is to examine longitudinal cascades that link early psychosocial adversity to mental health through neurocognitive functioning, including measures of both brain (MRI, EEG) and behavior (attention, memory, and executive functioning).

Selected Publications

Wade, M., Prime, H., Hoffmann, T.J., Schmidt, L.A., O’Connor, T.G., & Jenkins, J.M. (2017). Birth weight interacts with a functional variant of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene to predict executive functioning in children. Development and Psychopathology

Wade, M., Browne, D.T., Plamondon, A., Daniel, E., & Jenkins, J.M. (2016). Cumulative risk disparities in children’s neurocognitive functioning: A developmental cascade model. Developmental Science Vol 19(2) 179-194  March 2016  doi: 10.1111/desc.12302

Wade, M., Hoffmann, T. J., Knafo-Noam, A., O’Connor, T. G., & Jenkins, J. M. (2016). Oxytocin and vasopressin hormone genes in children’s externalizing problems: A cognitive endophenotype approach. Hormones and Behavior, 82, 78-86.

Wade, M. & Jenkins, J.M. (2016). Pregnancy hypertension and the risk for neuropsychological difficulties across early development: A brief report. Child Neuropsychology, 22(2), 247-254.

Wade, M., Hoffmann, T.J., & Jenkins, J.M. (2015). Gene-environment interaction between the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and parenting behaviour on children’s theory of mind. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2015, Vol 10(12)1749–1757

Wade, M., Madigan, S., Akbari, E., & Jenkins, J.M. (2015). Cumulative biomedical risk and social cognition in the second year of life: prediction and moderation by responsive parenting. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:354. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00354

HPrimeHeather Prime

Heather completed her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Jenkins. Her program of research investigates the etiology of child development and mental health, with a focus on family environments as both risk and protective factors. She has a special interest in family patterns of interaction in early childhood including how such patterns come to be and how they contribute to children’s developmental trajectories. With her colleagues, Heather has developed a brief ‘thin-slice’ observational assessment of cognitive sensitivity – the extent to which one interaction partner identifies and sensitively responds to the inferred internal states of the other during dyadic interactions. This measure has been used with marital, parent-child, and sibling dyads, as well as in early childhood education settings.

Presently, Heather is a Lawson Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies, under the mentorship of Drs. Terry Bennett and Andrea Gonzalez. During her postdoc, Heather will establish an independent developmental and intervention science research program with a focus on understanding and supporting the role of family processes in early childhood. She will contribute to the Canadian adaptation and evaluation of the Family Check Up – a multi-modal, multi-informant family-based assessment and early intervention. In addition, Heather is collaborating with the clinical research program in the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Heather continues to practice in the field of clinical psychology as a clinician at Kindercare Pediatrics. Here, she provides psychological assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, and families presenting with a range of concerns related to learning, academics, relationships, attention, anxiety and depression, and behavior.

Selected Publications

Prime, H., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J. (2017). Birth order and preschool children’s cooperative abilities: A within-family analysis. British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Prime, H., Plamondon, A., Pauker, S., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. M. (2016). Sibling cognitive sensitivity as a moderator of the relationship between sibship size and children’s theory of mind: A longitudinal analysis. Cognitive Development, 39, 93-102

Prime, H., Browne, D., Akbari, E., Wade, M., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2015). The development of a measure of maternal cognitive sensitivity appropriate for use in primary care health settings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(4), 488-495.

Prime, H., Pauker, S., Plamondon, A., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. (2014). Sibship size, sibling cognitive sensitivity, and children’s receptive vocabulary. Pediatrics, 133(2), e394-e401.
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