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Sheri Madigan

  • TIER II CRC - Determinants of Child Development
  • Associate Professor

General Interests

Clinical Psychology

Risk and Resilience

Determinants of Child Development

Research Background, Interests, and Outputs

Dr. Madigan holds a Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary, a member of the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and an Associate Member of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education.

Dr. Madigan's research seeks to isolate the central determinants of child and youth development. She is primarily focused on understanding how social stressors and adversities can influence child socio-emotional development. She is also interested in understanding why some mothers, children, and youth show resilience to these stressors and adversities while others remain vulnerable. Her research uses a variety of methods (e.g., observational assessments, survey data, structured interviews) and capitalizes on multiple statistical methods as a function of the question under consideration (e.g., meta-analyses, mediation and moderation, trajectory analyses, multilevel models, path analyses, and individual participant data reviews).

Research emerging from the Determinants of Child Development lab (see has been published in the top journals in Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Social Work including JAMA Pediatrics, Psychological Bulletin, Pediatrics, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Child Psychology and PsychiatryChild DevelopmentDevelopmental PsychologyDevelopment & Psychopathology, and Child Abuse and Neglect. Our work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, BBC, The Guardian, CNN, and CBC. Determinants of Child Development lab members are passionate about disseminating research to those interacting with children and youth, and regularly give presentations to parents, caregivers, educators, and health practitioners on central determinants of child and youth development. Dr. Madigan is also the child development expert for CTV Morning Live Calgary, providing monthly segments on topics related to parenting and child development. 

Current Research Support as Principal Investigator

Canada Research Chairs (2015-2020)

Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (2015-2019)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), including:

- Insight Grant (2015-2018)

- Insight Grant (2018-2020)

- Partnership Development Grant (2017-2020)

Selected Television and Media Outputs

Selected Television Segments:

1.     CTV Calgary live morning news (examples): 

        a. Controlling Temper Tantrums:

        b. Teaching Children to Problem Solve

        c. Playing Favorites

        d. Device Free Dinners

2.   ABC’s Good Morning America (2018, February): “Sexting Among Teens is on the Rise”:  

3.   Global News (2017, April) “A tough childhood could lead to difficult pregnancies later on: Calgary research”   

Selected Interviews Based on Published Research

1.     Time Magazine:

2.     Today's Parent:  

3.     The New York Times:

4.     Time Magazine:

5.     CNN: 

6.     CBC:

7.     Huffington Post:

8.     Reuters:


 Authored News Outputs

1.   The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Anderson, N., Gimitropoulos, G). 12 ways to keep your kids safe from sexual encounters online. Published June 12, 2018. 

2. The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Gimitropoulos, G.). One in five youth see unwanted sexual content online, says new research. Published June 12, 2018.  

3.    The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Mori, C., Temple, J.). Why sexting must be on the curriculum. Published May 16, 2018. 

4.    The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Racine, N., Tough, S). How compassion can triumph over toxic stress.  Published April 4, 2018.

5.     The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S. & Temple, J). One in Seven Teens are ‘Sexting’ Says New Research.  Published February 19, 2018.

6.    The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Jenkins, J., & Jambon, M). New Research Shows Siblings Can Make You More Empathic. Published on February 20, 2018.

7.   The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Jenkins, J., & Jambon, M). Three strategies to Promote Empathy in Children. Published February 20, 2018. 


Google Scholar Profile


Graduate or postdoctoral student involvement underlined.

* denotes that the contributions from authors were equal.

+ corresponding author

Madigan, S. +, Browne, D., Racine, N., Mori, C., & Tough, S. (2019). Screen Time and Poor Early Child Development: Investigating Direction of Effects. JAMA Pediatrics.

Azzopardi, C., Eirich, R.Rash, C., MacDonald, S., Madigan, S.+ (2019). A meta-analysis of the prevalence of child sexual abuse disclosure in forensic settings. Child Abuse and Neglect.

McDonald, S., Madigan, S., Racine, N., Benzies, K., Tomfohr-Madsen, L., Tough, S. (2019). Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mental Health, and Child Behaviour at Age 3: The All Our Families Community Cohort study. Preventive Medicine, 118, 286-294.

Alink, L., Cyr, C., & Madigan, S. (2019). The effect of maltreatment experiences on maltreating and dysfunctional parenting: In search of mechanisms. Introduction to the special section. Development & Psychopathology, 31, 1-7.

Madigan, S+., Cyr, C., Eirich, R., Fearon, R.M.P., Ly, A., Rash, C., Poole, J., & Alink, L. (2019). Testing the Cycle of Maltreatment Hypothesis: Meta-Analytic Evidence of the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment. Development & Psychopathology, 31, 23-51.

Madigan, S. +Villani, V., Azzopardi, C., Laut, D., Smith, T., Temple, J., Browne, D., Dimitropoulos, G. (2018). The prevalence of unwanted online sexual exposure and solicitation amongst youth: A meta-analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 133-141.

Madigan, S+., Oatley, H., Racine, N., Fearon, R. P., Schumacher, L., Akbari, E., ... & Tarabulsy, G. M. (2018). A Meta-Analysis of Maternal Prenatal Depression and Anxiety on Child Socio-Emotional Development. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 57, 645-657.

Madigan, S., + Van Ouystel, J., & Temple, J. (2018). Non-consensual sexting: What do we really know about the role of gender? A reply. JAMA Pediatrics, 172, 890-891.

Racine, N., Madigan, S. +Plamondon, A, Hetherington, E., McDonald, S., Tough, S. (2018). Maternal Psychosocial Risk Profiles in Pregnancy: Associations with Postpartum Maternal and Child Outcomes. Clinical Psychological Science, 6, 783-796.

Akbari, E, Binnoon-Erez, N., Rodrigues, M., Ricci, A.L., Schneider, J., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2018). Continuous kangaroo mother care and infant biopsychosocial outcomes: A meta-analysis. Early Childhood Development, 122, 22-31.

Thomas, J., Magel, C., Tomfohr-Madsen, L., Madigan, S., Letourneau, N., Campbell, T., Giesbrecht, G. (2018). Adverse childhood experiences and HPA axis function in pregnant women: Investigating a biological pathway for the intergenerational transmission of stress. Hormones and Behavior, 102, 10-22.

Verhage, M. L., Fearon, P., Schuengel., C., van IJzendoorn, M. H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., J., Madigan, S., Roisman, G., Oosterman, M., Behrens, K., Wong, M., Mangelsdorf, S., Priddis, L., Brisch, K.H., and the Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis. (2018) Examining ecological constraints on the intergenerational transmission of attachment via individual participant data meta-analysis. Child Development.

Browne, D., Wade, M., Plamondon, A., Leckie, G., Pearlman, M., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2018). Child and contextual effects in the emergence of differential maternal sensitivity across siblings. Developmental Psychology.

Madigan, S+., Ly, A., Rash, C., Van Ouystel, J., & Temple, J. (2018). Prevalence of multiple forms of sexting behavior among youth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics

Racine, N., Madigan, S. +Plamondon, A, Hetherington, E., McDonald, S., Tough, S. (2018). Maternal adverse childhood experiences and prenatal health risks: The moderating role of social support during pregnancy. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.

Racine, N., Madigan, S*+Plamondon, A*, McDonald, S., Tough, S. (2018). Prenatal and postnatal pathways linking maternal adverse childhood experiences to infant developmental outcomes. Pediatrics.

Jambon, M., Madigan, S+., Plamondon, A., Daniel, E., Jenkins, J. (2018). The development of empathic concern in siblings: A reciprocal influence model. Child Development.

Brumariu, L., Madigan, S., Giuseppone, K., Abtahi, M., Kerns, K. (2018). The Security Scale as a measure of attachment: Meta-analytic evidence of validity. Attachment and Human Development.

Racine, N., Madigan, S*+., Plamondon, A*., McDonald, S., Tough, S. (2018). Differential associations of maternal adverse childhood experiences on maternal health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Korczak, D., Madigan, S., Colasanto, M., Szatmari, P., Chen, Y., Parkin, P., Maguire, J., & Birken, C. (2017). Temperament predicts physical activity in young children. Preventive Medicine, 111, 342-347.

Plamondon, A., Browne, D., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2018). Disentangling child-specific and family-wide processes underlying negative mother-child. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46, 437-447. 

Sedov, I., Cameron, E., Madigan, S., & Tomfohr-Madsen, L. (2018). Sleep quality during pregnancy: A meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 38, 168-176.

Temple, J., Choi, H.J., Reuter, T., Wolfe, D., Madigan, S., & Scott, L. (2017). Childhood corporal punishment and future perpetration of physical dating violence. Journal of Pediatrics, 194, 233-237.

Smith, T., Raman, S., Madigan, S., Waldman, J., & Shouldice, M. (2018). Ano-genital findings in 3569 pediatric examinations for sexual abuse/assault. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 31, 79-83.

Wade, M., Madigan, S., Rodrigues, M., Plamondon, A., Browne, D., Jenkins, J. (2017). Cumulative psychosocial risk, parental socialization, and child cognitive functioning: A longitudinal cascade model. Developmental Psychology. 

Haltigan, J.D., Madigan, S., Bronfman, E., Bailey, H., Borland-Kerr, C., Mills-Koonce, R., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2017). Refining the assessment of disrupted maternal communication: Using item response models to identify central indicators of disrupted behavior. Development & Psychopathology.

Granqvits, P., Sroufe, A., Dozier, M., Hesse, E., Steele, M., van IJzendoorn, M., Solomon, J., Schuengel, C., Fearon, P., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., Steele, H., Cassidy, J., Carlson, E., Madigan, S, Jacobitz, D., Foster, S., Behrens, K., Rifkin-Graboi, A., Gribneau, N., Spangler, G., Ward, M.J., True, M., Spieker, S., Reijman, S., Reisz, S., Tharner, A., Nkara, F., Goldwyn, R., Sroufe, J., Pederson, D., Pederson, D., Weigand, R., Siegel, D., Dazzi, N., Bernard, K., Fonagy, P., Waters, E., Toth, S., Cicchetti, D., Zeanah, C., Lyons-Ruth, K., Main, M., Duschinsky, R. (accepted). Disorganized attachment in infancy: A review of the phenomenon and its implications for clinicians and policy-makers. Attachment and Human Development, 19, 534-558.

Madigan, S+., Wade, M., Plamondon, A., McGuire, J., & Jenkins, J. (2017). Maternal histories of adversity and children's health outcomes: The mediating role of cumulative biomedical and psychosocial risk. Journal of Pediatrics, 187, 282-289. 

Madigan, S+., Wade, M., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J. (2017). Trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms in the postpartum period and family-wide clustering of risk. Journal of Affective Disorders, 215, 49-55.

Korczak, D., Madigan, S., Colasanto, M. (2017). Children’s physical activity and depression: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 139, 1-14.

Tereno, S.*, Madigan, S.*, Lyons-Ruth, K., Plamondon, A., Atkinson, L., Guedeney, N., Greacen, T., Dugravier, R., Saias, T., Tubach, F., & Guedeney, A. (2017). Assessing mechanisms of effect in a randomized home-visiting trial: Reduced disrupted maternal communication decreases infant disorganization. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 637-649.   

Madigan, S.* +, Plamondon, A.*, & Jenkins, J. (2017). Marital conflict trajectories and child disruptive behavior in early childhood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79, 437-450

Verhage, M. L., Schuengel., C., Fearon, P., Madigan, S., Oosterman, M., Cassibba, R., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., J. & van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2017). Failing the duck test: Reply to Barbaro, Boutwell, Barnes, and Shackelford. Psychological Bulletin, 143, 114-116

Graham, S.A., & Madigan, S. (2016). Bridging the gaps in the study of typical and atypical cognitive development: A commentary. Journal of Cognition and Development, 17, 671-681.

Madigan, S+., Wade, M., & Plamondon, A., Jenkins, J. (2016). Neighborhood collective efficacy moderates the association between maternal adverse childhood experiences and marital conflict. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 437-447.

Madigan, S+., Brumariu, L., Villani, V., Atkinson, L., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2016). Representational and self-report measures of attachment after infancy: A meta-analysis of relations to child internalizing and externalizing problems. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 367-399. *winner of a CIHR Brain Star Award

Verhage, M. L., Schuengel., C., Madigan, S., Fearon, P., Oosterman, M., Cassibba, R., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., J. & van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2016). Narrowing the Transmission Gap: A synthesis of three decades of research on intergenerational transmission of attachment. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 337-366. * winner of an APA Early Career Outstanding Paper Award

Madigan, S+., Plamondon, A., Browne, D., & Jenkins, J. (2016). Time, sibling and task influences on observed maternal behavior. Parenting: Science and Practice, 16, 108-124.

Korczak D.J., Madigan, S., Manassis, K., & Daneman, D. (2016). The association of cortisol stress response with early adversity and diabetes control in adolescents with diabetes. Journal of Depression and Anxiety, 5217. 

Daniel, E., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2016) Paternal and maternal warmth and the developmental of prosociality among preschoolers. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 114-124.

Madigan, S+., Vaillancourt, K., Plamondon, A., McKibbon, A., & Benoit, D. (2016). The developmental course of unresolved/disorganized attachment in a sample of adolescents transitioning into parenthood. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 49, 19-31.





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