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Madison Aitken

Assistant Professor


Department: Psychology
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Research Interests

Dr. Aitken's research focuses on improving youth psychotherapy outcomes by understanding how evidence-based therapies bring about change, and by testing new interventions targeting factors that predict poor treatment response. She is also interested in innovative approaches to increasing the real-world relevance of psychotherapy outcome measures. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression.

Published Manuscripts (Select Publications)

Aitken, M., Plamondon, A., Krzeczkowski, J. E., Kil, H., & Andrade, B. F. (2023). Systematic integration of multi-informant externalizing ratings in clinical settings, Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (Advance online publication). doi: 10.1007/s10802-023-01119-z

Dobrin-De Grace, R., Carvalho, D., Courtney, D., & Aitken, M. (2023). Suicidal behaviour and ideation among adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Current Opinion in Psychology, 52, 101650

Aitken, M., Sagar, A., Courtney, D., & Szatmari, P. (2023). Development and preliminary effectiveness of a group intervention to improve parent-adolescent relationships in the context of adolescent depression, JCPP Advances (Advance online publication).

Aitken, M., Perquier, F., Haltigan, J. D., Wang, L., Andrade, B. F., Battaglia, M., Szatmari, P., & Georgiades, K. (2023). Individual- and family-level associations between child psychopathology and parenting, Development and Psychopathology, Advance Online Publication

Andrade, B. F., Aitken, M., Sawrikar, V., & Brodkin, S. (2022). Multiple needs and multiple treatments: What’s a clinician to do? Update on the psychosocial treatment of disruptive behaviours in childhood (invited manuscript), Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 35(6), 409-416.

Krause, K. R., Courtney, D. B., Chan, B., Bonato, S., Relihan, J., Prebeg, M., Darnay, K., Aitken, M., Hawke, L. D., Watson, P., & Szatmari, P. (2021). Problem-solving training as an active ingredient of treatment for youth depression: A scoping review and exploratory meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 21, 397.

Aitken, M., & Andrade, B. F. (2021). Attention problems and restlessness as transdiagnostic markers of severity and treatment response in youth with internalizing problems, Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 49, 1069–1082.

Aitken, M., Haltigan, J. D., Szatmari, P., Dubicka, B., Fonagy, P., Kelvin, R., Midgley, N., Reynolds, S., Wilkinson, P.O., & Goodyer, I. M. (2020). Toward precision therapeutics: General and specific factors differentiate symptom change in depressed adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(9), 998-1008.

Ngo, H., VanderLaan, D. P., & Aitken, M. (2020). Self-esteem, symptom severity, and treatment response in adolescents with internalizing problems. Journal of Affective Disorders, 273, 183-191.

Haltigan, J. D., Aitken, M., Skilling, T., Henderson, J., Hawke, L., Battaglia, M., Strauss, J., Szatmari, P., & Andrade, B. F. (2018). “P” and “DP”: examining symptom-level bifactor models of psychopathology in clinically referred children and adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(6), 384-396.

Aitken, M., Waxman, J. A.*, MacDonald, K., & Andrade, B. F. (2018). Effect of comorbid psychopathology and conduct problem severity on response to a multicomponent intervention for childhood disruptive behavior. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(6), 853-864.