University of Calgary

Sheri Madigan

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

General Interests

Clinical Psychology

Child Development

Parenting

Risk and Resilience

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 central determinants of child and youth development. She is primarily focused on understanding how social stressors and adversities can influence child social, emotional, and cognitive 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 www.madiganlab.com) 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, CNN, CBC, and Today's Parent, as well as ABC’s Good Morning America, CTV and Global news. Determinants of Chlid 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: 

        a. Controlling Temper Tantrums: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1046232&binId=1.1201941&playlistPageNum=1

        b. Teaching Children to Problem Solve http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1212114&binId=1.1201941&playlistPageNum=1

        c. Playing Favorites http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1282714&binId=1.1201941&playlistPageNum=1

        d. Device Free Dinners  https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1305621&binId=1.1201941&playlistPageNum=1

2.   ABC’s Good Morning America (2018, February): “Sexting Among Teens is on the Rise”: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Family/video/sexting-teens-rise-study-53383161 

3.   Global News (2017, April) “A tough childhood could lead to difficult pregnancies later on: Calgary research” http://globalnews.ca/news/3557352/a-tough-childhood-could-lead-to-difficult-pregnancies-later-on-calgary-research   


Selected Interviews Based on Published Research: 

1.     The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/well/family/teens-are-sexting-now-what.html

2.     Time Magazine: http://time.com/5172906/sexting-messages-teens/

3.     CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/26/health/youth-sexting-prevalence-study/index.html 

4.     CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/sexting-teen-1.4552532?cmp=rss

5.     Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/younger-siblings-teach-older-siblings-empathy-study_us_5a998bb9e4b085a5fdd87fb4

6.     World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/02/new-research-shows-siblings-can-make-you-more-empathic/

7.     Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pregnancy-parents-childhood/childhood-toxic-stress-leads-to-parenting-challenges-later-on-idUSKBN1GX25R


 Authored News Outputs

1.    The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Racine, N., Tough, S). How Compassion Can Triumph over Toxic Childhood Trauma. Published April 4, 2018. https://theconversation.com/how-compassion-can-triumph-over-toxic-childhood-trauma-90756

2.     The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S. & Temple, J). One in Seven Teens are ‘Sexting’ Says New Research.  Published February 19, 2018. https://theconversation.com/one-in-seven-teens-are-sexting-says-new-research-92170

3.    The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Jenkins, J., & Jambon, M). New Research Shows Siblings Can Make You More Empathic. Published February 20, 2018. https://theconversation.com/new-research-shows-siblings-can-make-you-more-empathic-90755

4.   The Conversation Canada (Authors: Madigan, S., Jenkins, J., & Jambon, M). Three strategies to Promote Empathy in Children. Published February 20, 2018.  https://theconversation.com/three-strategies-to-promote-empathy-in-children-91967 

 

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=j0n0wyAAAAAJ&hl=en

JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Graduate or postdoctoral student involvement underlined.

* denotes that the contributions from authors were equal.

+ corresponding author

ACCEPTED OR IN PRESS

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

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

3.     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. (accepted) Examining ecological constraints on the intergenerational transmission of attachment via individual participant data meta-analysis. Child Development.

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

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

2018

6.     Madigan, S+., Ly, A., Rash, C., Temple, J. (2018) A meta-analysis of the prevalence of youth sexting. JAMA Pediatrics.

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

8.     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.

9.     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.

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

2017

11.  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.

12.  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.

13.  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.

14.  Smith, T., Raman, S., Madigan, S., Waldman, J., & Shouldice, M. (2017). Ano-genital findings in 3569 pediatric examinations for sexual abuse/assault. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

15.  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.

16.  Plamondon, A., Browne, D., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2017). Disentangling child-specific and family-wide processes underlying negative mother-child. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

17.  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.


18.  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.

19.  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.

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

21.  Madigan, S.*, Tereno, 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.   

22.  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.

23.  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.

 2016

24.  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.

 25.  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.

 26.  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

 27.  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

 28.  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.

 29.  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, 5, 217.

 30.  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.

 31.  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.

2015

32.  Madigan, S.* +, Wade, M.*, Plamondon, A., Browne, D., & Jenkins, J. (2015). Responsive parenting protects against the risk of low birth weight on children's language development. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 869-877.

33.  Madigan, S+., Hawkins, E., Plamondon, A., Moran, G., & Benoit, D. (2015). Maternal representations and infant attachment: An examination of the prototype hypothesis.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 36, 459-468.

34.  Wade, M., Prime, H., Madigan, S. (2015). Using sibling designs to understand neurodevelopmental disorders: From genes and environments to prevention programming. Biomed Research International.

35.  Hawkins, E., Madigan, S., Moran, G., & Pederson, D. (2015). Mediating and moderating processes underlying the association between maternal cognitive representations and the mother-infant attachment relationship. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 39, 24-33.

36.  Madigan, S+., Vaillancourt, K., McKibbon, A. & Benoit, D. (2015). Trauma and traumatic loss in pregnant adolescents: The impact of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy on maternal unresolved states of mind and post-traumatic stress disorder. Attachment and Human Development, 17, 175-198.

37.  Madigan, S+., Wade, M., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J. (2015). Maternal abuse history, depression, and parenting: Links with preschoolers internalizing problems. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36, 146-155.

38.  Wade, M., Madigan, S., Jenkins, J. (2015). Cumulative prenatal/birth complications and social cognition in the second year of life: prediction and moderation by responsive parenting. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 354.

39.  Thompson, G., Madigan, S., Wentzel, K., Dineley, B., Lorber, S., & Shouldice, M. (2015). Demographic characteristics and needs of the Canadian urban adolescent mother and her child. Pediatrics and Child Health, 20, 72-76.

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

2014

41.  Azzopardi, C., Madigan, S., Kirkland-Burke, M. (2014). Extended sexual abuse forensic evaluation with young children: Program outcomes and disclosure correlates. Journal of Child Custody, 11, 304-324.

42.  Wade, M., Browne, D., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J. (2014). Normal birth weight variation and children’s neuropsychological functioning: links between language, executive functioning, and theory of mind. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 909-919.

43.  Madigan, S+., Wade, M., Tarabulsy, G., Jenkins, J., & Shouldice, M. (2014). Association between maltreatment history and adolescent pregnancy: A meta-analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 151-159.

44.  Madigan, S. +, Wade, M., Plamondon, A., Vaillancourt, K., Jenkins, J., Shouldice, M., & Benoit, D. (2014). Course of depression and anxiety symptoms during the transition to parenthood for female adolescents with histories of maltreatment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 1160-1170.

45.  Pallini, S., Baiocco, R., Schneider, B., Madigan, S., & Atkinson, L. (2014). Early child-parent attachment and peer relations: A meta-analysis of recent research. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 118-123.

46.  Tarabulsy, G., Pearson, J., Vaillancourt-Morel, M.P., Bussieres, E.L., Madigan, S., Lemelin, J.P., et al. (2014). Meta-analytic findings of the relation between maternal prenatal stress and anxiety and child cognitive outcome. Journal of Developmental Pediatrics and Behavior, 35, 38-43

2013

47.  Madigan, S. +, Atkinson, L., Laurin, K., & Benoit, D.  (2013) Attachment and internalizing behavior in early childhood:  A meta-analysis. Developmental Psychology. 9, 672-689. * shortlisted for an APA Early Career Outstanding Paper Award

2012

48.  Madigan, S. +, Vaillancourt, K., McKibbon, A., & Benoit, D. (2012). The reporting of maltreatment experiences during the Adult Attachment Interview in a sample of pregnant adolescents. Attachment and Human Development, 14, 119-143.

2011

49.  Madigan, S. +, Benoit, D., & Voci, S.  (2011) Stability of atypical caregiver behaviors over six years and associations with disorganized attachment.  Attachment and Human Development, 13, 237-252.

50.  Madigan, S. +, Benoit, D., & Boucher, C. (2011). Exploration of the links among fathers' unresolved states of mind with respect to attachment, atypical paternal behavior, and disorganized infant-father attachment. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32, 286-304.

2006-2010

51.  Moran, G., Forbes, L., Evans, E., Tarabulsy, G., & Madigan, S.  (2008) Both maternal sensitivity and atypical maternal behavior independently predict attachment security and disorganization in adolescent mother-infant relationships.  Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 316-320.

52.  Madigan, S., Moran, G., Schuengel, C., Pederson, D., & Otten, R. (2007). Unresolved maternal attachment representations, disrupted maternal behaviour and disorganized attachment in infancy: Links to toddler behavior problems.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 1042-1050.

53.  Madigan, S., Moran, G., & Pederson, D. (2006). Unresolved states of mind, disorganized attachment, and disrupted mother-infant interactions of adolescent mothers and their infants. Developmental Psychology, 42, 293-304. *winner of a CIHR Brain Star Award

54.  Madigan, S., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., van IJzendoorn, M., Moran, G., Pederson, D., & Benoit, D. (2006). Unresolved states of mind, anomalous parental behaviour, and disorganized attachment: A review and meta-analysis.  Attachment and Human Development, 8, 89-111.

55.  Madigan, S., Hawkins, S., Goldberg, S., & Benoit, D. (2006). Reduction of disrupted caregiver behaviour using Modified Interaction Guidance. Infant Mental Health Journal, 27, 509-527.

2001-2005

56.  Madigan, S., Goldberg, S., Moran, G., & Pederson, D.R.  (2005). Naïve observers' perceptions of family drawings by 7-year olds with disorganized attachment histories.  Attachment and Human Development, 6, 223-240.

 57.  Madigan, S., Ladd, M., & Goldberg, S. (2003). A picture is worth a thousand words: Infant attachment and later representations of families in drawings.  Attachment and Human Development, 5, 19-37.

 58.  Goldberg, S., Benoit, D., Blokland, K., & Madigan, S. (2003) Atypical maternal behaviour, maternal representations and infant disorganized attachment.  Development and Psychopathology, 15, 239-257.

 59.  Benoit, D., Madigan, S., Lecce, S., Shea, B., & Goldberg, S.  (2001). Atypical maternal behaviour before and after intervention.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 22, 611-626. 

 

Book Chapters:

 1.     Lyons-Ruth, K., Zeanah, C.H., Benoit, D., Madigan, S. & Mills-Koonce, R.,  (2014). Disorder and Risk for Disorder in infancy and toddlerhood (pp.673-736). Child Psychopathology. In E. Mash & R.A. Barkley (Eds., 3rd Edition). The Guilford Press: New York, NY

2.     Jenkins, J., Madigan, S., & Arsenault, L. (2015). Psychosocial Adversity (pp.330-340). In Tharpar, A., Pine, D., Leckman, J., Scott, S., Snowling, M., & Taylor, E. (Eds., 6th edition). Rutter’s Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Blackwell: Oxford, UK.

 

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