Rachel Langevin

Academic title(s): 

Associate 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, psychologist, is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar 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). 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 expertise involves working with anxiety, complex trauma, and other trauma-related disorders in adults. She still has a private practice. Her main research interests are in family dynamics and understanding mechanisms involved in the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment and family violence.



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

Ph.D./PsyD Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal (2016)

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, 2023)

Insight Development Grant, SSHRC (2019)

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


Selected awards, honours, and fellowships

William Dawson Scholar Award, McGill University (2023)

Prix Émergence en recherche, Société québécoise pour la recherche en psychologie (2023)

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

- Cabecinha-Alati, S.*, Montreuil, T., Pirro, T.*, & Langevin, R.s (in press). Multilevel factors associated with unsupportive emotion socialization: An examination of child maltreatment and its sequelae. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Langevin, R., Kay, S.*, Pirro, T.*, Hershon, M.*, Pennestri, M.-H., Hébert, M. (2024). The Investigation of Sleep Patterns in Relation to Interpersonal Violence Victimization and Mental Health in Adolescent Girls. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001701

Bartoli, E.*, Wadji, D.L.*, Oe, M., Cheng, P., Martin-Soelch, C., Pfaltz, M., Langevin, R.s (2024). Perceived acceptability of child maltreatment as a moderator of the association between experiences of child maltreatment and post-traumatic symptoms: A cross cultural study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605241234348.

Gagné, M.-E.,* Kern, A.,* & Langevin, R.s (in press). Effets des approches sensibles au trauma sur l’approche de soins des praticiens travaillant auprès des jeunes : Une recension systématique à méthodes mixtes. Revue Service Social, 69 (1).

- Langevin, R., Gagné, M.-E.*, & Collin-Vézina, D. (in press). Processus d’adaptation et d’implantation d’une approche sensible au trauma au sein d’un petit organisme communautaire en milieu urbain desservant de jeunes familles vulnérables. Revue Service Social, 69 (1).

Frederickson, A.*, Pigeon, S.*, Hébert, M., Bernier, A., Frappier, J.-Y., & Langevin, R.s (2024). Associations between child maltreatment types and pre- and post-partum posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: A brief report. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.54488/ijcar.2023.329

Marshall, C.*, Fernet, M., Brassard, A., & Langevin, R.s (2023). “I was trying to be the mother to her that I didn't have”: Mothers’ experiences of child sexual abuse and intergenerational maltreatment. Violence Against Women, 0 (0), 1-29https://doi.org/10.1177/10778012231216712

- Wadji, D.L.*, Oe, M., Bartoli, E.*, Pfaltz, M., Martin-Soelch, C., Langevin, R.s (2023). How are experiences and acceptability of child maltreatment related to resilience and posttraumatic growth: A cross cultural study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 14 (2), 2264119. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008066.2023.2264119

- Langevin, R., Pennestri, M.-H., Hershon, M.*, Pirro, T.*, & Hébert, M. (2023). The association between childhood sexual abuse and subjective sleep in adolescent girls. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine19 (11), 1933-1939. https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.10736.  

- Wadji, D. L.*, Oe, M., Cheng, P.*, Bartoli, E.*, Martin-Soelch, C., Pfaltz, M., & Langevin, R.s (2023). Associations between experiences of childhood maltreatment and perceived social norms regarding childhood maltreatment: A cross-cultural and exploratory study. Child Abuse and Neglect, 143, 106270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2023.106270

- Scardera, S.*, Langevin, R., Collin-Vezina, D., Comtois Cabana, M.*, Pinto Pereira, S., Côté, S., Ouellet-Morin, I., Geoffroy, M-C. (2023). Derivation of probable child maltreatment indicators using prospectively recorded information between 5 months and 17 years in a longitudinal cohort of Canadian children. Child Abuse & Neglect. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2023.106247

- Wallace, A.*, Langevin, R., & Hébert, M. (2023). An analysis of risk and protective factors associated with cyber-dating violence victimization of adolescent girls: An ecological perspective. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-023-00558-6

- Pigeon, S.*, Frederickson, A.*, & Langevin, R.s (2023). Experiences in adult relationships after nonsexual child maltreatment: A systematic scoping review of qualitative studies. Journal of Family Violence. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-023-00543-5

- Havermans, D.C.D., Hoeber, C.M., Sobczak, S., Primasari, I., Coimbra, B.M., Hovnanyan, A., Zrnic Novakovic, R., Langevin, R., Aakvaag, H.F., Grace, E., Dragan, M., Lueger-Schuster, B., El-Hage, W., Olff, M. (in press). The mental health impact of COVID-19 and other potentially traumatic events up to old age. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

- Langevin, R., Kern, A.*, Esposito, T., & Hélie, S. (2023). Homotypical and heterotypical intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment: Evidence from a cohort of families involved with child protection services. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(5), 5375-6241. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20054151 

- Cheng, P.*, & Langevin, R.s (2023). Difficulties with emotion regulation moderates the relationship between child maltreatment and emotion recognition. Child Abuse & Neglect, 139, Article 106094. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2023.106094

- Bouchard, S.*, Langevin, R., Vergunst, F., Commisso, M., Domond, P., Hébert, M., Ouellet-Morin, E., Vitaro, F., Tremblay, R., Coté, S., Orri, M., & Geoffroy, M.-C. (2023). Child Sexual Abuse and Employment Earnings in Adulthood: A Prospective Canadian Cohort Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2023.01.040 

- 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

- Hébert, M., & Langevin, R. (2023). Child Sexual Abuse. In J. R. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (3nd ed., pp. 1-12). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5_235-3

- 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: 

Steering Committee Member and Project Leader - Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress


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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