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BRENDGEN , Rosemarie  PhD
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CHU Sainte-Justine
3175 Chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine
Montréal  (QC), Canada
H3T 1C5
514 345-4931 #4071
Career Summary, Research Topics and Interests

Mara Brendgen obtained her Doctorate in Psychology and Education at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1996. She then undertook her postdoctoral studies in the Groupe de recherche sur l'inadaptation psychosociale chez l'enfant (GRIP) at the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Human Development at Concordia University. In 2000, she obtained a research position at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. In 2001, she accepted a faculty position at the Department of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She was awarded tenure in 2005 and promoted to Full Professor in 2011.

Dr. Brendgen’s research interests focus on the interplay between individual, family-related, and peer-related factors in the etiology of aggression and victimization among children and adolescents. In addition to the risk factors associated with aggression and victimization, she investigates their mid- and long-term effects on children’s developmental adjustment, including mental and physical health as well as academic adjustment. Of further interest are potential moderating factors (personal characteristics, friendships, sibling relationships, relationship with parents and teachers, etc.), which may protect children from the risk factors or consequences of aggression and victimization. Another particularly important issue in this context concerns the transactional mechanisms between children’s genetic liabilities and environmental influences (parents, teachers, peers) that explain the links between aggression or victimization, on the one hand, and the child's adjustment, on the other hand. Her research is financed by various national and provincial funding agencies, such as the CIHR, SSHRC, and the FQRSC.

Awards and Distinctions
  • Senior Research Scholar, 2008-2012 ($244 743$), Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec
  • Junior 2 Research Scholar, 2004-2008 ($205,693), Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec
  • Scholarship Award for 2001-2005 ($160,000), Conseil québécois de la recherche sociale (CQRS) (declined in May 2001 after having accepted the position of professor at UQAM)
  • Summa Cum Laude for PhD thesis, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 1996

Most Important Publications Selected by the Researcher
Brendgen M, Boivin M, Dionne G, Barker ED, Vitaro F, Girard A, Tremblay RE, Pérusse D,
Gene-environment processes linking aggression, peer victimization, and the teacher-child relationship
Child Development 2011  2021-2036.
Brendgen M, Lamarche V, Wanner B, Vitaro F,
Links between friendship relations and early adolescent's trajectories of depressed moods
Dev Psychol 2010  491-501.
Brendgen M, Vitaro F, Boivin M, Girard A, Bukowski W, Dionne G, Tremblay RE, Pérusse D,
Gene-environment interplay between peer rejection and depressive behavior in children
J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2009  1009-1017.
Brendgen M, Girard A, Vitaro F, Dionne G, Boivin M,
Gene-environment correlation linking aggression and peer victimization: do classroom behavioral norms matter
J Abnorm Child Psychol 2014  (sous presse).
Brendgen M, Girard A, Vitaro F, Dionne G, Tremblay RE, Pérusse D, Boivin C,
Gene-environment processes linking peer victimization and physical health problems: a longitudinal twin study
J Pediatr Psychol 2014  96-108.
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