Rachel Langevin

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Rachel Langevin
Contact Information

Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology

Education Building, Room 614
3700 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1Y2

Email address: 
rachel.langevin [at] mcgill.ca
Fax number: 
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Dr. Langevin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University. She holds an FRQ-S Chercheur Boursier Junior 1 award. She is a regular researcher with the Centre de recherche sur les problèmes conjugaux et les agressions sexuelle (CRIPCAS), the FRQ-SC Team Équipe Violence Sexuelle et Santé (EVISSA), the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF), and the Institut Universitaire Jeunes en Difficulté (IUJD), as well as a co-investigator with the Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma (CCCYT). She completed her university degrees at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her post-doctoral fellowship took place in the Psychology Department of Concordia University (and Centre for Research in Human Development), where she conducted research on the intergenerational transfer of risk. Dr. Langevin’s work is funded by several of the major funding agencies in Canada and Quebec, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Her clinical training involved a specialization in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and trauma related disorders in adults and she is still working with these populations in her private practice. Her main research interests are in family dynamics and understanding mechanisms involved in the intergenerational continuity of trauma and violence.



B.Sc. Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal (2010)

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal (2015)

Research areas: 
Child Development
Developmental Psychopathology
Enhancing mental health resilience
Behaviour and emotional disorders
Areas of expertise: 

Sexual abuse, family violence, child maltreatment, and childhood adversity and socioemotional development; Intergenerational cycles of trauma and violence; Developmental trajectories, risk and resilience.

Office hours: 

By appointment only.

Current research: 

Child maltreatment is a highly prevalent problem with long-lasting impacts on human development that shows intergenerational continuity (i.e. parents and children have experienced maltreatment). The overarching focus of my research revolves around this intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment and family violence and includes 3 axes: (1) Epidemiological studies of the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment (What?), (2) Uncovering mechanisms involved in the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment (How and Why?); and (3) Partnered intervention research to prevent the continuity of child maltreatment.

For more details about ongoing and past projects, please consult the ReACT Lab's website: www.react-lab.com

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Selected research support as principal investigator

Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé Subvention d'établissement de jeune chercheure, FRQ-S (2022)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant, CIHR (2022)

Institut Universitaire Jeunes en Difficulté, IUJD (2021)

Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grants, McGill (2021)

Partnership Engage Grant, SSHRC (2020)

Insight Development Grant, SSHRC (2019)

Soutien à la recherche pour la relève professorale, FRQ-SC (2019)


Selected awards, honours, and fellowships

Chercheure-boursière Junior 1, FRQ-S, Volet Santé-Société (2022)

Outstanding Research Presentation in Developmental Psychology - American Psychological Association Division 7 (2017)

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Quebec Research Funds on Society and Culture (2016)

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada (2012)   

Science Popularization Award - French Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science (2014)

Master Scholarship - Quebec Research Funds on Society and Culture (2010)

Graduate supervision: 

Masters and Doctoral Students in Counselling Psychology. Graduate supervision may also be offered to any other students from an ECP program (e.g., School/Applied Child Psychology) with a relevant research area. Interested candidates should forward a CV, transcript and a letter of intent. I will only meet with prospective students during admission period. Bilingualism of candidates (French and English) is an important asset. 

Selected publications: 

Journal Articles

- Langevin, R., Kern, A.*, Fernet, M., Brassard, A. (2022). Emerging adults’ adverse life events and psychological functioning: A comparison based on intergenerational trajectories of child maltreatment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605221127214

- Frederickson, A.*, Kern, A.*, Langevin, R.s (2022). Perinatal (re)experiencing of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms for survivors of childhood sexual abuse: An integrative review. Journal of Women's Health. https://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2022.0183

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., Bernier, A., Frappier, JY. (2022). Exploring the prospective role of family relationships and psychological distress in the early risk of intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience.9(1) https://doi.org/10.54488/ijcar.2022.311

- Kern, A.*, Khoury, B., & Frederickson, A.*, Langevin, R.s (2022). The associations between childhood maltreatment and pregnancy complications: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2022.110985 

- Cheng, P.*, Langevin, R.s(2022). Unpacking the effects of child maltreatment subtypes on emotional competence in emerging adults. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001322

- Mazarello, O.*, Gagné, M.E.*, Langevin, R.s (2022). Risk factors for sexual revictimization and dating violence in young adults with a history of child sexual abuse. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-022-00462-5

- Cabecinha-Alati, S.*, Montreuil, T., Langevin, R. (2022). The role of maternal child maltreatment history and unsupportive emotion socialization in the intergenerational transmission of emotion regulation difficulties. Child Abuse and Neglect, 129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105661

- Langevin R., Kern, A.*, Kenny, S.*, Kingsland, E., & Pennestri, M.H. (2022). Sexual abuse and sleep in children and adolescents: A systematic review. Invited Clinical Review in Sleep Medicine Reviews. 64, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2022.101628

- Pfaltz, M.C., Halligan, S.L., Schnyder, U., Seedat, S. […] Langevin, R., et al. (2022). Social functioning in individuals affected by childhood maltreatment: establishing a research agenda to inform interventions. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. https://doi.org/10.1159/000523667

- Kern, A.*, Frederickson, A.*, Langevin, R., Hébert, M., Bernier, A., & Frappier J.Y. (2022). Exploring the relationships between child maltreatment and risk factors for pregnancy complications. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2021.11.013.

- Marshall, C.*, Langevin, R., & Cabecinha-Alati, S. * (2022). Victim-to-victim intergenerational cycles of child maltreatment: A systematic scoping review of theoretical frameworks. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience. https://doi.org/10.54488/ijcar.2022.283. Available at: https://ijcar-rirea.ca/index.php/ijcar-rirea/article/view/283/259

- Langevin, R., Gagné, M.E.*, Brassard, A., & Fernet, M. (2022). Intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment: The role of maternal emotional dysregulation and attachment to the child. Psychology of Violence. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000409

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., & Wallace, A.* (2021). The intersection of intimate partner violence and childhood sexual abuse in mother-child dyads. Child Abuse & Neglect, 120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105218.

- Langevin, R., Marshall C.*, Wallace, A.*, Gagné, M.-E.*, Kingsland, E. & Temcheff, C. (2021). Disentangling the associations between attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and child sexual abuse: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380211030234.

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., & Kern, A.* (2021). Maternal history of child sexual abuse and maladaptive outcomes in sexually abused children: The role of maternal mental health. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-22. doi: 10.1177/08862605211013963.

- Marshall, C.*, & Langevin R. (2021). Ego-resilience and ego-undercontrol in the prediction of behaviour problems in maltreated children. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-021-00356-y.

- Langevin, R., Stack, D. M., Dickson, D. J., & Serbin, L. A. (2020). Transactional associations between children’s socioemotional difficulties and parental aggression toward the child over a ten-year period in a lower-income population. Journal of Family Violence, 1-15. doi: 10.1007/s10896-020-00209-6

- Cabecinha-Alati, S., Langevin, R., Kern, A., & Montreuil, T. (2020). Pathways from childhood maltreatment to unsupportive emotion socialization: Implications for children’s emotional inhibition. Journal of Family Violence. doi:10.1007/s10896-020-00184-y

- Cabecinha-Alati, S., Langevin, R., & Montreuil, T. (2020). A conceptual model of the intergenerational transmission of emotion dysregulation in mothers with a history of childhood maltreatment. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 7 (1), 49-71. Available at: https://ijcar-rirea.ca/index.php/ijcar-rirea/article/view/49/145

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., & Cabecinha-Alati, S. (2020). Multilevel factors associated with the intergenerational continuity of child sexual abuse. Child and Youth Services Review. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105007

- Hébert, M., Langevin, R., & Charest, F. (2020). Disorganized attachment and emotion dysregulation as mediators of the association between sexual abuse and dissociation in preschoolers. Journal of Affective Disorders, 267, 220-228. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.02.032

- Langevin, R., Cossette, L., & Hébert, M. (2019). Emotion dysregulation in sexually abused preschoolers: Insights from a story completion task. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2019.1678542

Langevin, R., Marshall, C., & Kingsland, E. (2019). Intergenerational cycles of maltreatment: A scoping review of psychosocial risk and protective factors. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. doi : 10.1177/1524838019870917

- Charest, F., Hébert, M., Bernier, A., Langevin, R., & Miljkovitch, R. (2019). Behavior problems in sexually abused preschoolers over a 1-year period: The mediating role of attachment representations. Development and Psychopathology, 31(2), 471-481. doi:10.1017/S0954579418000226

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., Bergeron S. J., Duchesne, M., Lambert, Y., & Frappier, J.Y. (2018). Sleep problems and interpersonal violence in vulnerable adolescents. Sleep Medicine, 56, 52-56. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2018.11.003

- Hébert M., Langevin R., & Oussaïd, E. (2017). Cumulative childhood trauma, emotion regulation, dissociation, and behavior problems in school-aged sexual abuse victims. Journal of Affective Disorders, 225, 306-312. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.044

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., Guidi, E., Bernard-Bonnin, A.-C., & Allard-Dansereau, C. (2017). Sleep problems over a year in sexually abused preschoolers. Paediatrics & Child Health, 22(5), 273-276. doi:10.1093/pch/pxx077

- Langevin, R., & Hébert, M. (2016). Evolution over a year of individual protective factors in preschool victims of sexual abuse. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 4 (1), 33-47.

- Séguin-Lemire, A., Hébert, M., Cossette, L., & Langevin, R. (2016). A longitudinal study of emotion regulation among sexually abused preschoolers. Child Abuse and Neglect, 63, 307-313. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.11.027

- Hébert, M., Langevin, R., Guidi, E., Bernard-Bonnin, A.C., & Allard-Dansereau, C. (2016). Sleep Problems and Dissociation in Preschool Victims of Sexual Abuse. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 8, 507-521. doi:10.1080/15299732.2016.1240739

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., Allard-Dansereau, C., & Bernard-Bonnin, A.-C. (2016). Emotion Regulation in Sexually Abused Preschoolers: The Contribution of Parental Factors. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29(2), 180-184. doi:10.1002/jts.22082

- Hébert, M., Langevin, R., & Daigneault, I. (2016). The association between peer victimization, PTSD, and dissociation in child victims of sexual abuse. Journal of Affective Disorders, 193, 227-232. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2015.12.080.

- Langevin, R., Cossette, L., & Hébert, M. (2016). Emotion regulation in sexually abused preschoolers. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 47(1), 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10578-015-0538-y

- Langevin, R., Hébert, M., & Cossette, L. (2015). Emotion regulation as a mediator of the relation between sexual abuse and behavior problems in preschoolers. Child Abuse & Neglect, 46, 16-26. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.02.001

- Hébert, M., Langevin, R., & Charest, F. (2014). Factors associated with resilience in preschoolers reporting sexual abuse: A typological analysis. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 2(1), 46-58.

- Hébert, M., Langevin, R., & Bernier, M. J. (2013). Self-reported symptoms and parents' evaluation of behavior problems in preschoolers disclosing sexual abuse. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4(4), 467-483.

- Berthelot, N., Langevin, R. & Hébert, M. (2012). L’association entre la victimisation sexuelle dans l’enfance de la mère et les troubles de comportement chez l’enfant victime d’agression sexuelle. Journal international de victimologie, 10(1), 8-20.


Book Sections

- Stack, D. M., Langevin, R., Atkinson, N. H., Kennedy-Turner, K., Serbin, L. A. (2021). Santé mentale et pratiques parentales chez des familles vulnérables : facteurs de risque et de protection intergénérationnels. In G. Piché, A. Villatte, & S. Bourque (Eds.). Trouble mental chez le parent : enjeux familiaux et implications cliniques. Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

- Hébert, M., Daigneault, I., Langevin, R., & Jud, A. (2017). L’agression sexuelle envers les enfants et les adolescents. In M. Hébert, M. Fernet & M. Blais (Eds.). Le développement sexuel et psychosocial de l’enfant et de l’adolescent (pp. 137-178). Paris, France : De Boeck Supérieur.

- Hébert, M., & Langevin, R. (2016). Child Sexual Abuse. In J. R. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2nd ed., pp. 1-12). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Professional activities: 

Regular Researcher - Institut Universitaire Jeunes en Difficulté


Regular Researcher - Équipe Violence Sexuelle et Santé


Full Member - Centre for Research on Children and Families


Regular Researcher - The Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intimate Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse


Associate Editor - International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience


Selected talks and presentations: 




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