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Lisa Serbin, PhD

Professor, Psychology

Lisa Serbin, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2255
Website(s): CRDH Website


PhD (SUNY - Stony Brook)

Research interests

My research program focuses on the inter-generational transfer of psycho-social risk, and on the health and development of children who are at risk for developmental problems and psychopathology. Ongoing studies examine risk and resiliency in the offspring of the original Concordia Longitudinal Risk Project participants: a group of several hundred children and adolescents from inner-city backgrounds who have been followed intensively since early childhood. Specific projects focus on the effects of poverty and environmental stress on children’s health over time; predictors of successful trajectories in children who are at risk for school failure; and understanding the environmental, neuro-endocrine and parenting factors in the development of internalizing disorders in children. Specific research projects are funded by CIHR, SSHRC, and FQRSC.

Selected publications

Fisher, D.B-D., Serbin, L.A., Stack, D.M., Ruttle, P., Ledingham, J.E., & Schwartzman, A.E. (2007). Intergenerational predictors of blunted diurnal cortisol rhythms in high-risk children. Infant and Child Development, 16 (2), 151-170

Serbin, L.A. & Karp, J. (2004). The inter-generational transfer of psycho-social risk: Processes of vulnerability and resilience. Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 333-363.

Serbin, L.A., Cooperman, J.M., Peters, P.L., Lehoux, P., Stack, D.M., & Schwartzman, A.E. (1998). Intergenerational transfer of psycho social risk in women with childhood histories of aggression, withdrawal or aggression and withdrawal. Developmental Psychology, 34, 1246-1262.

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