Mark Ellenbogen, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
PhD (Concordia University)
My research focuses on risk factors associated with the development of affective disorders and other forms of psychopathology, using a multidisciplinary approach aimed at understanding the complex interactions between biological and psychosocial factors during development. Key areas of interest include the study of stressful life events, hormones (i.e. hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis stress response), oxytocin (a peptide important in social behaviour), and cognitive-emotional mechanisms of self-regulation.
Current projects include an ongoing longitudinal high-risk study of the offspring of parents with bipolar disorder, studies focusing on emotional information processing and its relationship to depression and poor interpersonal functioning, and laboratory-based studies of stress and psychophysiology.
I am the recipient of a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychopathology. The research is supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Ellenbogen, M.A., & Hodgins, S. (2009). Structure provided by parents in middle childhood influences cortisol reactivity in adolescence among the offspring of parents with bipolar disorder and controls. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 773-785.
Ellenbogen, M.A., & Schwartzman, A.E. (2009). Selective attention and avoidance on a pictorial cueing task during stress in clinically anxious and depressed participants. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 128-138.
Ostiguy, C., Ellenbogen, M.A., Linnen, A.-M., Walker, E.F., Hammen, C., & Hodgins, S. (2009). Chronic stress and stressful life events in the offspring of parents with bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 114, 74-84.
Ellenbogen, M.A., Schwartzman, A.E., Stewart, J., & Walker, C.-D. (2006). Automatic and effortful emotional information processing regulates different aspects of the stress response. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 31, 373-387