Concordia University

Mark Ellenbogen, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology


PhD (Concordia University)

Research interests

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.


Selected publications

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

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