In a recently-funded study I am currently studying the effect of behavioural treatment on selective mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder in which children speak comfortably in certain situations but are unable to speak or have very limited speech in other situations such as school. I am also studying the psychosocial characteristics of youth with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders. Specifically, I am investigating the relationships between post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional dysregulation, and substance misuse. I am also investigating youths' attachment to caregivers and experiences being parented. Youth with concurrent disorders have high rates of trauma and other adverse experiences; yet research lags in understanding this vulnerable population. I am also examining cigarette smoking in the youth concurrent disorders population. Rates of cigarette smoking in this population vastly exceed rates in the general population; yet virtually no research has examined the patterns and correlates of these youths' smoking, or their interest in help to quit smoking.
Cigarette Smoking in Youths With Mental Health and Substance Use Problems: Prevalence, Patterns, and Potential for Intervention
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse
Characteristics of youth presenting to a Canadian concurrent disorders program: Clinical complexity, trauma, adaptive functioning and treatment priorities
Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Journal de l'Académie canadienne de psychiatrie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent
Characteristics of Youth Presenting to a Canadian Youth Concurrent Disorders Program: Clinical Complexity, Trauma, Adaptive Functioning and Treatment Priorities.
Catchpole RE and Brownlie EB
The dark side of girlhood: recent trends, risk factors and trajectories to aggression and violence.
Moretti MM and Catchpole RE and Odgers C