University of Calgary

Sheri Madigan

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

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

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 (2015-2020)

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

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


Trainee involvement underlined.

1.     Racine, N., Zumwalt, K., McDonald, S., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2019). Perinatal Depression: The Role of Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences and Social Support. Journal of Affective Disorders.

2.     Racine, N., Killam, T., & Madigan, S.(2019).  Beyond the ACEs Questionnaire: Trauma Informed Care as a Unviersal Precaution. JAMA Pediatrics.

3.     Browne, D., Thompson, D., Madigan, S. (2019).  Digital Media Use in Children: Clinical versus Scientific Responsibilties. JAMA Pediatrics.

4.     Racine, N., Plamondon, A, McDonald, S., Tough, S., & Madigan, S.(2019). The Consistency of Maternal Abuse Reporting in the Pregnancy and Postpartum Periods. Journal of Women’s Health.  

5.     Mori, C., Temple, J.R., & Madigan, S.  (2019). A decade of sexting research – are we any wiser – A reply. JAMA Pediatrics.


6.     Browne, D., May, S., Hurst-Della Pietra, P., Christakis, D., Asamoah, T., Hale, L., Delrahim-Howlett, K., Emond, J., Fiks, A., Madigan, S., Perlman, G., Rumpf, H.J., Thompson, D., Uzzo, S., Stapleton, J., Ireland, T., Neville, R. (2019). From “Screen Time” to the Digital Level of Analysis: Protocol for a Scoping Review of Digital Media Use in Children and Adolescence. BMJ Open.

7.     Madigan, S., Racine, N., & Tough, S. (2019). Prevalence and Predictors of Meeting Screen Time Guidelines. JAMA Pediatrics.

8.     Madigan, S., Prime, H., Graham, S., Rodriguez, M., Anderson, N., Khoury, J., Jenkins, J. (2019). Parenting Behavior and Child Language: A Meta-Analysis. Pediatrics.

9.     Browne, D., Racine, N., & Madigan, S.  (2019). Challenging the Association Between Screen Time and Cognitive Development – A reply. JAMA Pediatrics.

10.  Temple, J., Strasburger, V., Zimmerman, H., & Madigan, S. (2019). Youth Sexting: Cause for Concern?  The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

11.  Jambon, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., Jenkins, J. (2019).  Developmental trajectories of physical aggression and prosocial behavior in early childhood: Family antecedents and psychological correlates. Developmental Psychology.

12.  Madigan, S., Browne, D., Racine, N., Mori, C., & Tough, S. (2019). Screen Time and Poor Early Child Development: Investigating Direction of Effects. JAMA Pediatrics, 173, 244-250.

13.  Jambon, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., Daniel, E., Jenkins, J. (2019). The development of empathic concern in siblings: A reciprocal influence model. Child Development, 90, 1598-1613.

14.  Cooke, J.E., Racine, N., Plamondon, A, Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2019). Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences, Attachment Style, and Mental Health: Pathways of Transmission to Child Behavior Problems. Child Abuse & Neglect, 93, 27-37.  

15.  Choi, H.J., Mori, C., Van Ouytsel, J., Madigan, S., Temple, J.R. (2019).  Adolescent Sexting Involvement Over Four Years and Associations with Sexual Activity.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 65, 738-744.

16.  Mori, C., Temple, J.R., Browne, D., & Madigan, S.  (2019). Meta-Analysis of Sexting and Associated Health Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents. JAMA Pediatrics, 173, 770-779.

17.  Hentges, R. F., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A.P., Racine, N., Collison, B., Tough, S. C., & Graham, S. A.. (2019). Subgroups in trajectories of communicative development from 12 to 36 months: Predictors and consequences. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 40, 335-343.

18.  Hentges, R. F., Graham, S., Plamondon, A.P., Tough, S. C., & Madigan, S. (2019). A developmental cascade from prenatal stress to child internalizing and externalizing problems: Findings from the All Our Families pregnancy cohort. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

19.  Van Ouystel, J., Madigan, S., Ponnet, K., Walrave, M., & Temple, J. (2019). Adolescent Sexting – Myths, Facts, and Advice. NASN School Nurse.

20.  Strasburger, V., Zimmerman, H., Temple, J.R., & Madigan, S. (2019). Teenagers, Sexting, and the Law. Pediatrics, 143.

21.  Racine, N., Plamondon, A, Hentges, R.F., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2019). Dynamic and Bidirectional Associations Between Maternal Stress, Anxiety, and Social Support. Journal of Affective Disorders, 252, 19-24. 

22.  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, 93, 291-304.

23.  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.


24.  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.

25.  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.


26.  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, 172, 327-335.


27.  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.

28.  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.

29.  Racine, N., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A, McDonald, S., Tough, S. (2018). Maternal adverse childhood experiences and infant development. Pediatrics, e20172495.

30.  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.

31.  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.

32.  Akbari, E, Binnoon-Erez, N., Rodrigues, M., Ricci, A.L., Schneider, J., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2018). Kangaroo mother care and infant biopsychosocial outcomes in the first year: A meta-analysis. Early Human Development, 122, 22-31.

33.  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.

34.  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, 89, 2023-2037.

35.  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, 1265-1276.

36.  Racine, N., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A, Hetherington, E., McDonald, S., Tough, S. (2018). Maternal adverse childhood experiences and antepartum risks: the moderating role of social support. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 663-670.

37.  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, 20, 600-625.

38.  Racine, N., Plamondon, A., Madigan, S., McDonald, S., Tough, S. (2018). Differential associations of maternal adverse childhood experiences on maternal health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(3) 368-375.

39.  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.

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

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

42.  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.

43.  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.




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