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Mark A. Ellenbogen, PhD

Professor, Psychology
Director, Centre for Research in Human Development

Mark A. Ellenbogen, PhD


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. (2017). Oxytocin andfacial emotion recognition. In R. Hurlemann and V.Grinevich, Behavioral Pharmacology of Neuropeptides: Oxytocin (Series: Current Topics in BehavioralNeurosciences). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/7854_2017_20. Click here

Iacono,V., Beaulieu, L., Hodgins, S. & Ellenbogen, M.A. (2017). Parenting practices inmiddle childhood mediate the relation between growing up with a parent havingbipolar disorder and offspring psychopathology from childhood into earlyadulthood. Developmentand Psychopathology. Advance online publication.doi:10.1017/S095457941700116X

Cardoso, C., Valkanas,H., Serravalle, L., & Ellenbogen,M.A. (2016). Oxytocin and social context moderate social support seeking inwomen during negative memory recall. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 70: 63-69. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.05.001

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