Assistant Professor  |  Clinician Investigator

Madison Aitken

Child & Youth Mental Health

Ph.D., C.Psych.

Intergenerational Wellness Centre
80 Workman Way, Toronto, Ontario Canada M6J 1H4
Appointment Status


  • Ph.D., School and Clinical Child Psychology, University of Toronto
  • M.A., School and Clinical Child Psychology, University of Toronto
  • M.A., Child Study and Education, University of Toronto
  • B.A., University of Manitoba

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Psychologist, College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Ontario Certified Teacher, Ontario College of Teachers
  • Registered Early Childhood Educator, College of Early Childhood Educators

Dr. Aitken is a clinician investigator in the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression and a psychologist in the Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Aitken works with children and adolescents experiencing mood, anxiety, and disruptive behaviour disorders, and their parents.

Research Synopsis

Dr. Aitken’s research focuses on understanding transdiagnostic factors in the development and treatment of child and adolescent psychopathology. As a clinician investigator in the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression, she is currently examining: 1) general psychopathology factors and their relation to treatment outcomes for youth with depression; and 2) parent-child factors and how these can be leveraged to enhance treatment outcomes.

Recent Publications

Aitken, M., Waxman, J. A., MacDonald, K., & Andrade, B. F. (2018). Effect of comorbid psychopathology and conduct problem severity on response to a multi-component intervention for childhood disruptive behavior. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Advance on.

Haltigan, J. D., Aitken, M., Skilling, T., Henderson, J., Hawke, L., Battaglia, M., … Andrade, B. F. (2018). “P” and “DP:” Examining symptom-level bifactor models of psychopathology and dysregulation in clinically referred children and adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(6).

Aitken, M., Henry, S., & Andrade, B. F. (2018). Distilling heterogeneity among children with disruptive behavior: associations between symptom patterns and social functioning. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46(6), 1241–1252.

Aitken, M., Martinussen, R., & Tannock, R. (2017). Incremental validity of parent and teacher symptom and impairment ratings when screening for emotional and behavioural disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(4), 827–837.