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Dr. Alex Schwartzman


Alex Schwartzman, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Psychology 1960; McGill University)

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology
Concordia University

7141 Sherbrooke Street, West
Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6

Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 2251






My research is in the field of developmental psychopathology. It deals with psychosocial risk factors in childhood which increase the likelihood of disordered behavior and maladaptive lifestyles in adulthood. Our Concordia Longitudinal Risk Research Program which began in 1976 has been following inner-city aggressive and withdrawn French-speaking children into adulthood. The aim is to determine the factors that differentiate the developmental trajectories of at-risk children who do well from those who fare badly. The children are now in their thirties; so my current interest is in how they are doing in such domains as mental and physical health, employment, competence, affiliative ties, and parenting. I have a particular interest in gender role socialization, life stresses, social support, and coping efficacy as influences on outcomes in these domains of adult functioning. Studies in the risk research program currently deal with stress; intergenerational continuities of risk factors; and childhood predictors of adult adjustment.





Martin-Storey, A., Ruttle, P. L., Temcheff, C.E., Serbin, L.A., Stack, D.M., Ledingham, J., & Schwartzman, A.E. (2013).  Longitudinal and concurrent pathways to alcoholism: The importance of perception of neighborhood disorder.  Journal of Community Psychology, 41 (2), 156-174.


Jean, A.D.L., Stack, D.M., Serbin, L.A., Ledingham, J., & Schwartzman, A.E. (2012).  Social problem solving in high-risk mother-child dyads: An intergenerational study.  Social Development, 21 (1), 47-67.


Martin, J., Stack, D.M., Serbin, L.A., Schwartzman, A.E., & Ledingham, J. (2012).  Social problem-solving in high-risk mother-child dyads: An intergenerational study.  Social Development, 21 (1), 47-67.


Martin-Storey, A., Serbin, L.A., Stack, D.M., Hodgins, S., Ledingham, J.E., & Schwartzman, A.E. (2012).  Self and peer perceptions of childhood aggression, social withdrawal and likeability predict adult personality factors: A prospective longitudinal study.  Personality and Individual Differences, 53 (7), 540-555.