I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. I am assigned to both the School Psychology and Clinical Psychology programs, where I focus on work with children and families.

My Research:
The overarching theme of my research is that families are systems and family members have a variety of effects on one another. I currently have a number of interests falling under this umbrella: The first is on the family (including parental) factors associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Another interest is women’s issues in professional psychology, especially as they relate to childbearing and childrearing. I am also interested in a variety of family characteristics that impact young children’s development, well-being, and formation of secure attachment relationships. I often use systematic reviews (meta-analysis) to help me answer these questions and clarify the effects and relationships between these factors, as well as to identify moderators of the examined relationships. 

Independent Research Students:
At times, I accept Independent Research Students in winter term of their third year. Typically, these are students who will then work with me for their Honours. Students should be in or planning to be in Honours in psychology. An excellent GPA (above 4.0) and strong writing skills are necessary.  

Honours Students:
I typically accept two Honours students each year. Applications should be submitted in late fall (November) of the year prior to starting the thesis. If you wish to apply, please email me a copy of your web transcript, CV or resume, and a sample of independently completed academic writing (e.g., a paper you wrote for a course). 

Graduate Students:
I typically accept one graduate student per year. Please note: I accept developmental, clinical, or school psychology students and make my selection based on academic history and lab needs. Please feel free to email me starting in the summer the year before admission to discuss fit. I typically do not meet individually with applicants until December or January.  

Selected Publications:

  1. Barnes, J., Theule, J. (under review). Examining associations between maternal trauma, child attachment security, and child behaviours in refugee families. Refuge.  
  2. Ilchena, C., Bartel, H., Bailey Sauve, T., & Theule, J. (under review). The Trauma-Informed Education Knowledge Survey: Validation Study. Children and Youth Services Review.  
  3. Clayton, K., Ronaghan, D., & Theule, J. (under review). A meta-analysis on the rate of attachment classifications of infants in the strange situation paradigm: Distribution across cultures and demographic variables. Infancy.  
  4. Cochrane, K., Ronaghan, D., Cadieux, O., Ward, M., Henrikson, B., & Theule, J. (in press). Oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD symptoms as predictors of parenting stress in mothers of sons with autism spectrum disorders. The Family Journal.  
  5. Germain, S. M., Wilkie, K., Milbourne, V. M., & Theule, J. (in press). Animal-assisted psychotherapy: A meta-analytic review. Society & Animals.  
  6. Romaniuk, A., Ward, M., Henrikson, B., Cochrane, K., & Theule, J. (2022). Family quality of life perceived by mothers of children with ASD and ADHD. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.  
  7. Wiens, D. A., Theule, J., Keates, J., Ward, M., & Yaholkoski, A. (2022). Work-family balance and job satisfaction: A qualitative analysis of Canadian psychologist mothers. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne. Advance online publication. 
  8. Theule, J. (2022). The attachment relationship and externalizing behaviours: Working with parents to support children and families. In J. W. Andrews, S. Shaw, J. Domene, & C. McMorris (Eds.), Mental Health Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention: Promoting Child and Youth Well-Being.  
  9. Single, A., Bilevicius, E., Ho, V., Theule, J., Buckner, J. D., Mota, M., & Keough, M. (2022). Cannabis use and social anxiety in emerging adulthood: A meta-analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 129, 107275. 
  10. Theule, J. (2022/2016). “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Attachment in Children. Canadian Psychological Association: Ottawa, ON.  
  11. Davidson, D., Reynolds, K. R., Feldgaier, S., & Theule, J. (2022). Parent mental health literacy: Problem recognition, help-seeking beliefs, associated factors, and information preferences. Child & Family Social Work, 1-14. 
  12. Janis, A., Ronaghan, D., & Theule, J. (under review). Parenting stress and parenting sense of competence: A meta-analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies.  
  13. Patel, R., Silla, F., Pierce, S., Theule, J., & Girard, T. A. (2020). Cognitive functioning before and after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS):  A quantitative meta-analysis in healthy adults. Neuropsychologia, 141, 107395.
  14. Cheung, K., & Theule, J. (2019). Paternal depression and child externalizing behaviors: A meta-analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 98-108.. doi: 10.1037/fam0000473  
  15. Barnes, J., & Theule, J. (2019). Maternal depression and infant attachment security: A meta-analysis. Infant Mental Health Journal, 40, 817-834. doi: 10.1002/imhj.21812  
  16. Theule, J., Hurl, K., Cheung, K., Ward, M., & Henrikson, B. (2019). Exploring the relationships between problem gambling and ADHD: A meta-analysis. Journal of Attention Disorders, 23, 1427-1437. doi: 10.1177/1087054715626512 
  17. Cheung, K., Theule, J., Hiebert-Murphy, D., & Piotrowski, C. (2019). Paternal depressive symptoms and marital quality: A meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies.  Journal of Family Theory & Review, 11, 449-467. doi: :10.1111/jftr.12341 
  18. Theule, J., Henrikson, B., & Cheung, K. (2019). “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Enuresis and Encopresis. Canadian Psychological Association: Ottawa, ON.  
  19. Theule, J., & Henrikson, B. (2019). Comment on “Does psychotherapy work? An umbrella review of meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 139, 296-297. doi: 10.1111/acps.13007 
  20. Cheung, K., & Theule, J. (2019). Paternal depressive symptoms and parenting behaviors: An updated meta-analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 613-626. doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-01316-1 
  21. Barnes, J., & Theule, J. (2018) The relationships between trauma, attachment, and child mental health in refugee families in Canada. Psynopsis, 40, 11-14.   
  22. Theule, J., Cheung, K., & Aberdeen, K. (2018). Children’s ADHD interventions and parenting stress: A meta-analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 2744-2756. doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-1137-x 
  23. Clayton, K., Lee, J. B., Cheung, K., Theule, J., & Henrikson, B. (2018). Quantifying the relationship between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and experiences of child maltreatment: A meta-analysis. Child Abuse Review, 27, 361-377. doi: 10.1002/car.2530 
  24. Cheung, K., Aberdeen, K., Ward, M. A., & Theule, J. (2018). Maternal depression in families of children with ADHD: A meta-analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 1015-1028. doi:10.1007/s10826-018-1017-4 
  25. Germain, S., Wilkie, K. D., Milbourne, V. M., & Theule, J. (2018). Animal-assisted psychotherapy and trauma: A meta-analysis. Anthrozoos, 31, 141-164. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2018.1434044 
  26. Ward, M. A., Clayton, K., Barnes, J., & Theule, J. (2017). The association between peer victimization and attachment security: A meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0829573517715737 
  27. Turner, S., Nickel, N., Brownell, M., Theule, J., & Afifi, T. O. (2017). Examining the relationship between infant feeding practices, child hyperactive/inattentive behaviours and ADHD diagnosis in a Canadian sample. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research: Vol 130 (pp. -). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 
  28. Theule, J., & Germain, S. (2017). Clinical psychology training in Canada and expectations for mobility: Is it time for change? Canadian Psychology, 58, 288-291.  doi: 10.1037/cap0000112 
  29. Theule, J. (2016). “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Attachment in Children. Canadian Psychological Association: Ottawa, ON.  
  30. Cheung, K., & Theule, J. (2016). Parental psychopathology in families of children with ADHD: A meta-analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 3451-3461. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0499-1 
  31. Ward, M., Theule, J., & Cheung, K. (2016). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Child Disruptive Behaviour Disorders: A meta-analysis. Child & Youth Care Forum, 45, 675-690. 
  32. Yaholkoski, A., Hurl, K., & Theule, J. (2016). Efficacy of the Circle of Security intervention: A meta-analysis. Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 15, 95-103. doi: 10.1080/15289168.2016.1163161 
  33. Theule, J., Germain, S., Cheung, K., Hurl, K. & Markel, C. (2016). Conduct disorder/oppositional defiant disorder and attachment: A meta-analysis. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 2, 232-255. doi:10.1007/s40865-016-0031-8 
  34. Wilkie, K., Germain, S., & Theule, J. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of equine therapy among at-risk youth: A meta-analysis, Anthrozoos., 29, 377-393. doi:10.1080/08927936.2016.1189747 
  35. Theule, J., Ward, M. A., Cheung, K., & Lee, J. B. (2016). Psychosocial treatments for tic disorders: A meta-analysis. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 74, 8-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2015.12.010 
  36. Hurl, K., Lee, J. B., & Theule, J. (2014/15). Preventative interventions based in attachment theory: A meta-analysis of efficacy. IMPRINT: The Newsletter of Infant Mental Health Promotion, 63, 4-10. 
  37. Theule, J., Wiener, J., Jenkins, J., & Tannock, R. (2012). Parenting stress in families of children with ADHD: A meta-analysis. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 3-17. 
  38. Theule, J., Wiener, J., Rogers, M., & Marton, I. (2011). Predicting parenting stress in families of children with ADHD: Parent and contextual factors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 640-647. 
  39. Rogers, M.A., Theule, J., Ryan, B.A., Adams, G.R., & Keating, L. (2009). Parental involvement and children’s school achievement: Evidence for mediating processes. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 24, 34-57.  

I typically teach school and clinical psychology graduate courses on child/youth psychopathology (PSYC 7080), and systems work (PSYC 7082), and sometimes teach courses on supervision/consultation, as well as psychological assessment. I also conduct practicum supervision, more often for clinical psychology.  

Practicum Supervision: 
For clinical students, I typically provide a general practicum experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to work with children and families. This practicum experience often continues over two terms. Each student sees 2-4 identified child clients for therapy and 1-3 clients for assessment. Concerns bringing children to therapy include aggression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, family conflict, developmental delays, and/or eating or sleeping problems. In general, an attachment-focused perspective is employed in conceptualizing difficulties in families and co-operative work with families is emphasized over individual work with children in order to support these bonds. At times, child-centred play therapy, parental guidance, and cognitive-behavioural therapy will be used in addition to attachment-focused therapies (e.g., Watch, Wait, and Wonder). Supervision varies based on the need of the student, but would typically be comprised of 1 hour of group supervision weekly and 1 hour of individual supervision. Supervision will initially be comprised of readings and discussion to orient students to work with children. As the practicum proceeds, the focus will move to case discussions centred on student’s questions and concerns. Some live supervision (observation through the one-way mirror) may be provided, especially at the start of the practicum.