Dr. Brae Anne McArthur

Dr. Brae Anne McArthur

Pronouns: She/Her


Assistant Professor (Teaching)

Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

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R. Psych., College of Alberta Psychologists, 2014

Educational Background

PhD Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis, University of Guelph, 2014

MA Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis, University of Guelph, 2010


Dr. Brae Anne McArthur is the Director of the University of Calgary Psychology Clinic and an Assistant Professor (teaching) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis from the University of Guelph and completed her internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Dr. McArthur’s research program focuses on understanding individual and family level risk and resiliency factors that impact child and youth mental health and well-being. Recognizing that healthy functioning in childhood emerges from multiple interacting factors in the social ecology, Dr. McArthur examines both proximal factors (e.g., child characteristics, lifestyle habits) and distal factors (e.g., positive interpersonal relationships, parent mental health, discrimination). Dr. McArthur’s research also applies positive psychology to scientifically study how young people cultivate psychological strengths and generate wellness and resilience. Using various research methods including qualitative, quantitative, and longitudinal designs, Dr. McArthur has studied child and youth mental health and well-being among at risk and healthy populations. Most recently, Dr. McArthur is actively involved in evaluating treatment outcomes for  2SLGTBQIA+ youth seeking mental health services.


Areas of Research

Developmental Psychopathology, Screen Time/ Digital Media, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology


Course number Course title Semester
PYCH 673 Child Assessment Winter 2022


More Information


  1. McArthur, B., Hentges, R., Christakis, D., McDonald, S., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2021). Cumulative social risk and child screen use: The role of child temperament. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsab087
  1. McArthur, B., Racine, N., McDonald, S., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (In Press). Child and Family Factors Associated with Child Mental Health and Well-Being during COVID-19. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-021-01849-9.
  1. Letourneau, N., Tough, S., McDonald, S., MacKay, L., Bell, R., Hetherington, E., Deane, A., Dewey, D. Edwards, S., Field, C., Giesbrecht, G, Graham, S., Lebel, C., Leung, B., Madigan, S., McArthur, B., McMorris, C., Racine, N., Ross, K., Wu, M. (2021). Cross-Sectional Study Protocol for the COVID-19 Impact Survey of Mothers and their 7-11 Year Old Children in Alberta, Canada. Frontiers Psychiatry, 12, 597759. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.597759
  1. Racine, N., McArthur, B. Cooke, J., Eirich, R., Zhu, J., & Madigan, S. (2021). Global Prevalence of Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Children and Adolescents During COVID-19: A Meta-Analysis. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.2482
  1. McArthur, B., Racine, N., Browne, D., McDonald, S., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2021). Screen Time Before and During COVID-19 in School Aged Children. Acta Pediatrica. 110(10), 2805-2807. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.15966
  1. McArthur, B., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2021). Screen Time and Developmental and Behavioral Outcomes for Preschool Children. Pediatric Research. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41390-021-01572-w
  1. Racine, N., Hetherington, E., McArthur, B., Edwards, S., McDonlad, S., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2021).  Maternal Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms before and during COVID-19: Longitudinal Findings from the All Our Families Cohort, Canada.  Lancet Psychiatry,8(5), 405-415. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(21)00074-2.
  1. Neville, R.D., McArthur, B., Eirich, R., Lakes, K.D., & Madigan, S. (2021).  Bidirectional Associations Between Screen Time and Children’s externalizing and internalizing behaviors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13425
  1. McArthur, B., Browne, D., McDonald, S., Tough S., & Madigan, S. (2021). Longitudinal Associations Between Screen Use and Reading in Preschool-Aged Children, Pediatrics, 147(6), e2020011429. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-011429.
  1. Dunning, E.E., McArthur, B., Abramson, L.Y., & Alloy, L.B. (2021). Linking Maternal Depression to Adolescent Internalizing Symptoms: Transmission of Cognitive Vulnerabilities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 50, 324-335. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01342-7
  1. McArthur, B., Eirich, R., McDonald, S., Tough, S., & Madigan, S. (2021). Screen Use Relates to Decreased Offline Enrichment Activities. Acta Pediatrica, 110 (3), 896 - 898. https://doi.org /10.1111/apa.15601