Dr. Rachel Langevin

Assistant Professor
Dr. Rachel Langevin
Contact Information
Email address: 
rachel.langevin [at] mcgill.ca

Education Building
3700 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Areas of expertise: 
  • Child maltreatment
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Family violence
  • Intergenerational cycles
  • Socioemotional development
  • Emotion regulation
  • Attachment
  • Developmental psychopathology

Dr. Langevin completed her Ph.D./Psy.D. in psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her doctoral dissertation and research explored attachment representations, emotion regulation, and behavior problems in preschool victims of sexual abuse. 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 using data from the Concordia Longitudinal Risk Project. Dr. Langevin’s academic dossier and research have been recognized with numerous scholarships and awards. She has contributed to the scientific literature with several scholarly papers, and she has participated in dozens of national and international conferences. 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 child development and understanding risk and protective factors for psychopathology, as well as mechanisms for the intergenerational transfer of trauma and violence.

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • BSc, Psychology (honors), Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Prizes and Awards: 
William Dawson Scholar
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • William Dawson Scholar (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)
  • Science Popularization Award - French Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science (2014)
Selected publications: 

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

Graduate supervision: 

Accepting students for 2023-24

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