Clinical Research Units

Clinical Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment

Unit Presentation

The Clinical Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment is an interdisciplinary group of researchers who are helping to understand the development of social adjustment problems in children and adolescents and to identify the most effective means of preventing such development. The Unit is part of the Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP).

The research program is part of an overall body of research that is being conducted on human development by investigators in fields as diverse as anthropology, biology, criminology, demography, economy, education, genetics, neurosciences, nutrition, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology and sociology. They integrate these various interdisciplinary perspectives through the use of an integrated conceptual model within the context of longitudinal-experimental studies that serve as collaboration vectors.

GRIP researchers have been working closely with families, school staff and school boards since their very first longitudinal-experimental studies.

The research program focuses on three complementary research axes:

  • The first revolves around work that describes and predicts social maladjustment problems in children. The main objective of the axis is to describe the prevalence of adjustment issues in a given territory, describe their development and identify pertinent risk factors and protection factors.
  • The second addresses family and environmental factors including peers and the school setting.
  • The third centers on experimental interventions aimed at preventing adjustment problems in the young.

Membership and collaboration

Katja Valois
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 4088

Jocelyn Malo
Project coordinators
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 2396

Josée Vermette
Project coordinators
Ph.: 514-345-2182

Hélène Beaumont
Data Management Coordinator
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 4141

Catherine Langlois
Administrative Assistant
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 2175

Significant clinical research publications

  1. Barker, E. D., Boivin, M., Brendgen, M., Fontaine, N., Arseneault, L., Vitaro, F., Bissonnette, C., & Tremblay, R. E. (2008) « Predictive Validity and Early Predictors of Peer Victimization Trajectories in Preschool. » Archives of General Psychiatry, 65(10), 1185-1192.
  2. Fontaine, N., Carbonneau, R., Barker, E. D., Vitaro, F., Hébert, M., Côté, S. M., Nagin, D. S., Zoccolillo, M., & Tremblay, R. E. (2008) « Girls' hyperactivity and physical aggression during childhood predict adjustment problems in early adulthood: A 15-year longitudinal study. » Archives of General Psychiatry, 65(3), 320-328.
  3. Ouellet-Morin, I., Boivin, M., Dionne, G., Lupien, S. J., Arseneault, L., Barr, R. G., Pérusse, D., & Tremblay, R. E. (2008) « Variations in heritability of cortisol reactivity to stress as a function of early familial adversity among 19 month-old twins. » Archives of General Psychiatry, 65(2), 211-218.
  4. Côté, S. M., Boivin, M., Nagin, D. S., Japel, C., Xu, Q., Zoccolillo, M., Junger, M., & Tremblay, R. E. (2007) « The role of maternal education and non-maternal care services in the prevention of children' s physical aggression problems. » Archives of General Psychiatry, 64(11), 1304-1312.
  5. DeYoung, C. G., Peterson, J. B., Séguin, J. R., Mejia, J. M., Pihl, R. O., Beitchman, J. H., Jain, U., Tremblay, R. E., Kennedy, J. L., & Palmour, R. M. (2006) « The dopamine D4 receptor gene and moderation of the association between externalizing behavior and IQ. » Archives of General Psychiatry, 63(12), 1410-1416.
  6. Lacourse, É., Nagin, D. S., Vitaro, F., Côté, S., Arseneault, L., & Tremblay, R. E. (2006) « Prediction of early onset deviant peer group affiliation: a 12-year longitudinal study. » Archives of General Psychiatry, 63(5), 562-568.
  7. Brezo, J., Bureau, A., Mérette, C., Jomphe, V., Barker, E. D., Vitaro, F., Hébert, M., Carbonneau, R., Tremblay, R. E. & Turecki, G. (Sous presse) « Differences and Similarities in the Serotonergic Diathesis for Suicide Attempts & Mood Disorders: A 22-year Longitudinal Gene-Environment Study. » Molecular Psychiatry.
  8. Ouellet-Morin, I., Dionne, G., Pérusse, D., Lupien, S. J., Arseneault, L., Barr, R. G., Tremblay, R. E., & Boivin, M. (2009) « Daytime Cortisol Secretion in 6 month-old twins: Genetic and Environmental contributions as a function of Early Familial Adversity. » Biological Psychiatry, 65(5), 409-416.
  9. Campbell, T., Ditto, B., Séguin, J. R., Sinray, S., & Tremblay, R. E. (2003) « Adolescent pain sensitivity is associated with cardiac autonomic function and blood pressure over 8 years. » Hypertension, 41, 1228-1233.
  10. Brezo, J., Paris, J., Vitaro, F., Hébert, M., Tremblay, R. E. & Turecki, G. (2008) « Predicting suicide attempts in young adults with histories of childhood abuse. » British Journal of Psychiatry, 193(2), 134-139..
  11. Boisjoli, R., Vitaro, F., Lacourse, É., Barker, E. D., & Tremblay, R. E. (2007) « Impact and clinical significance of a preventive intervention for dissruptive boys: A 15 year follow-up. » British Journal of Psychiatry, 191(5), 415-419.
  12. Touchette, É., Petit, D., Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., Falissard, B., Genolini, C., & Montplaisir, J. (2008) « Association between sleep duration patterns and overweight/obesity at age 6. » Sleep, 31(11), 1507-1514.
  13. Simard, V., Nielson, T. A., Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., & Montplaisir, J. (2008) « Longitudinal study of bad dreams in preschool-aged children: prevalence, demographic correlates, risk and protective factors. » Sleep, 31(1), 62-70.
  14. Touchette, É., Petit, D., Séguin, J. R., Boivin, M., Tremblay, R. E., & Montplaisir, J. (2007) « Associations between sleep duration patterns and behavioral/cognitive functioning at school entry. » Sleep, 30(9), 1213-1219.
  15. Tremblay, R. E. (2008) « Understanding development and prevention of chronic physical aggression: Towards experimental epigenetic studies. » Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 363(1503), 2613-2622.
  16. Nguyen, B. H., Pérusse, D., Paquet, J., Petit, D., Boivin, M., Tremblay, R. E., Montplaisir, J. (2008) « Sleep terrors in children: A prospective study of twins. » Pediatrics, 122(6), e1164-e1167.
  17. Dionne, G., Boivin, M., Séguin, J. R., Pérusse, D., & Tremblay, R. E. (2008) « Gestational diabetes hinders language development in offspring. » Pediatrics, 122(5), e1073-e1079.
  18. Petit, D., Touchette, É., Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., & Montplaisir, J. (2007) « Dyssomnias and parasomnias in early childhood. » Pediatrics, 119(5), e1016-e1025.
  19. Brendgen, M., Wanner, B., & Vitaro, F. (2006) « Verbal abuse by the teacher and child adjustment from kindergarten through grade 6. » Pediatrics, 117(5), 1585-1598.
  20. Romano, E., Tremblay, R. E., Farhat, A., & Côté, S. (2006) « Development and prediction of hyperactive symptoms from 2 to 7 years in a population-based sample. » Pediatrics, 117(6), 2101-2110.

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