Caroline Temcheff

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Caroline Temcheff
Contact Information
Email address: 
caroline.temcheff [at]
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Dr. Temcheff is an Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and a Quebec Research Scholar (Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé, Chercheur Boursier Junior 1). Directly in line with the priorities and strategic plan of the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux (MSSS), the overarching goal of Dr. Temcheff’s research programme is to identify pathways and mechanisms which link childhood conduct problems in girls and boys to developmental trajectories of medical service utilization and mental health problems (particularly depression and addiction) from childhood through to early adulthood. Her programme of research has three primary research objectives.

The first objective is to establish trajectories of medical service utilization and costs between childhood and adolescence of boys and girls with and without conduct problems. The second objective is to identify risk and protective factors associated with and pathways leading to variations in the medical service utilization and mental health trajectories. The third objective is to identify pathways towards depression and addictions in late adolescence and early adulthood among boys and girls with childhood histories of conduct problems.

Ultimately, the aim of this programme of research is to establish information on risk and protective factors which could lead to the design of more focused preventive interventions targeting individual vulnerabilities or contextual factors linked to patterns of increased medical service usage among boys and girls with conduct problems as well as identifying critical developmental periods during which the intensification of interventions might be able to prevent patterns of increased and costly medical service usage. Additionally, better knowledge of the pathways leading to comorbidities of conduct problems, depression and addictive problems in girls compared to boys would allow for the identification of gender-sensitive targets for prevention for these major mental health problems which may, in turn, reduce associated medical service use and costs.

  • B.Sc. Honours in Psychology, McGill University
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Concordia University
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Concordia University
Areas of expertise: 

Developmental psychopathology, conduct problems in youth, longitudinal patterns of health and school services usage among boys and girls with and without early clinically significant conduct problems, comorbidity of mental health disorders over time.

Selected publications: 

Martin-Storey, A., Temcheff, C.E., Déry, M., Poirier, M., Verlaan, P., Lemelin, J.-P. (accepted). Trajectories of internalizing during the transition to adolescence in children with and without a history of conduct problems. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.

St-Pierre, R. A., Temcheff, C. E., Derevensky, J. L., & Gupta, R. (accepted). Evaluation of a school-based prevention program for adolescents using the theory of planned behaviour. Journal of Gambling Issues.

Castrén, S., Temcheff, C.E., Derevensky, J., Josefsson, K., Alho, H. & Salonen, A.H. (2017). Teacher awareness and attitudes regarding adolescent risk behaviours: A sample of Finnish middle and high school teachers. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15(2), 295-311.

Déry, M., Lapalme, M., Jagiellowicz, J., Poirier, M., Temcheff, C.E., & Toupin, J. (2017). Predicting Depression and Anxiety from Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms in Elementary School-Age Girls and Boys with Conduct Problems. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 48(1), 53-62.

Temcheff, C.E., Paskus, T., Potenza, M., & Derevensky, J.L. (2016). Which diagnostic criteria are most useful in discriminating between social gamblers and individuals with gambling problems? An examination of DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(3), 957-968.

Poirier, M., Déry, M., Temcheff, C.E., Toupin, J., Verlaan, P., Lemelin, J.-P. (2016). Longitudinal associations between conduct problems and depression among girls and boys with early conduct problems. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 25(7), 743-754.

Temcheff, C.E., Déry, M., St-Pierre, R.A., Laventure, M., Lemelin, J.-P. (2016). Precocious initiation into smoking, alcohol use and gambling among children with conduct problems. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 61(1), 50-58.

St-Pierre, R.A., Derevensky, J.L., Temcheff, C.E., & Gupta, R. (2015). Adolescent gambling and problem gambling: Examination of an extended theory of planned behaviour. International Gambling Studies, 15(3), 506-525.

St-Pierre, R.A., Temcheff, C.E., Derevensky, J.L., & Gupta, R. (2015). Theory of planned behavior in school-based adolescent problem gambling prevention: A conceptual framework. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36(6), 361-385.

Laventure, M., Lapalme, M., Temcheff, C.E., Déry, M. (2014). L’initiation précoce aux psychotropes chez les enfants ayant des troubles de comportements extériorisés. Drogues, Santé et Société, 13(2), 27-48.

Derevensky, J.L., St-Pierre, R.A., Temcheff, C.E., & Gupta, R. (2014). Teacher awareness and attitudes regarding adolescent risky behaviours : Is adolescent gambling perceived to be a problem? Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(2), 435-451.

St-Pierre, R.A., Temcheff, C.E., Gupta, R., Derevensky, J. & Paskus, T.S. (2014). Predicting gambling problems from gambling outcome expectancies in college student-athletes. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(1), 47-60.

Temcheff, C.E., Derevensky, J.L., St-Pierre, R., Gupta, R. & Martin, I. (2014). Beliefs and attitudes of mental health professionals with respect to gambling and other high risk behaviors in schools. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12(6), 716-729.

Gupta, R., Nower, L., Derevensky, J.L., Blaszczynski, A., Faregh, N., & Temcheff, C.E. (2013). Problem gambling in adolescents: An examination of the Pathways Model. Journal of Gambling Studies, 29(3), 575-588.

Martin-Storey, A., Ruttle, P.L., Temcheff, C.E., Serbin, L.A., Stack, D.M., Ledingham, J.E., & Schwartzman, A.E. (2013). Longitudinal and concurrent pathways to alcoholism: The importance of perception of neighbourhood disorder. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(2), 156-174.

Martin-Storey, A., Temcheff, C.E., A., Ruttle, P.L., Serbin, L.A., Stack, D.M., Schwartzman, A.E., & Ledingham, J.E. (2012). Perception of neighborhood disorder and health service usage in a Canadian sample. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43(2), 162-172.

Temcheff, C.E., St-Pierre, R.A., & Derevensky, J. L. (2011). Youth gambling and delinquency: Social policy and legislative implications. Gaming Law Review and Economics, 15(9), 539-552.

Temcheff, C.E., Serbin, L.A., Martin-Storey, A., Stack, D.M., Hastings, P., Ledingham, J. & Schwartzman, A.E. (2011). Childhood aggression, withdrawal, and likeability and the use of health care later: a longitudinal study. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 183(18), 2095-2101.

Temcheff, C.E., Derevensky, J. L., & Paskus, T.S. (2011). Pathological and disordered gambling: A comparison of DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria. International Gambling Studies, 11(2), 213-220.

Serbin, L.A., Temcheff, C.E., Cooperman, J., Stack, D.M., Ledingham, J. & Schwartzman, A.E. (2011). Predicting family poverty and other disadvantaged conditions for child rearing from childhood aggression and social withdrawal: A 30-year longitudinal study. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 35(2), 97-106.

Temcheff, C.E., Serbin, L.A., Martin-Storey, A., Stack, D.M., Ledingham, J. & Schwartzman, A.E. (2011). Predicting adult physical health outcomes from childhood aggression, social withdrawal and likeability: A 30-year longitudinal study. International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 18(1), 5-12.

Martin-Storey, A. Temcheff, C.E., Stack, D.M., & Martin, E. (2009). Interventions for childhood aggression in a cross-cultural context: Challenges and guidelines. Psychology and Developing Societies, 21(2), 235-256.

Temcheff, C.E., Serbin, L.A., Martin-Storey, A., Stack, D.M., Hodgins, S., Ledingham, J., & Schwartzman, A.E. (2008). Continuity and pathways from aggression in childhood to family violence in adulthood: A 30-year longitudinal study. Journal of Family Violence, 23(4), 231-242.

Stack, D.M., Serbin, L.A., Grunzeweig, N., Temcheff, C.E., De Genna, N., Ben-Dat Fisher, D, Hodgins, S., Schwartzman, A.E. & Ledingham. J.E. (2005). De l’agressivité à la maternité. Criminologie, 38(1), 39-66.

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