Christina Robillard

Christina Robillard
Office: COR A057
Area of expertise

Clinical psychology

Research Interests

My research interests focus on understanding why adolescents and young adults engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and what factors reinforce or deter this behaviour. Specifically, I am interested in using ecological momentary assessment to gain insight into the emotional consequences (e.g., reduced negative affect, increased positive affect) and social consequences (e.g., increased social support, decreased conflict) that follow discrete episodes of NSSI and how they impact the trajectory of the behaviour across young adulthood. Previously, my research has focused on identifying personality factors that predict depressive and anxious symptoms during the transition to university, including perfectionism, self-criticism, and borderline personality disorder traits.

Representative Publications:

Robillard, C.L., Helps, C.E., Prud’homme, J., & Turner, B.J. (under review). Defeat/entrapment mediates the associations between self-criticism and depressive and anxious symptoms during the transition to university. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/revue canadienne des sciences du comportement.

Dean-Boucher, A., Robillard, C.L., & Turner, B.J. (in press). Chronic medical conditions and suicidal behaviors in a nationally representative sample of American adolescents. Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Prud’homme, J.*, Robillard, C.L.*, & Turner, B. (accepted). Personality disorders in sexual and gender minority populations. Rothblum, E.D. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook on Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health. Oxford University Press. * = these authors contributed equally and are listed in alphabetical order.

Representative Presentations

Robillard, C.L., Helps, C.E., Willows, N., & Turner, B.J. (2019, July). Rejection sensitivity moderates the coupled change of interpersonal stressors and depressive symptoms in first-year undergraduate students. Poster presented at the 8th International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Robillard, C.L., Prud’homme, J., Legg, N.K., & Turner, B.J. (2019, May). Defeat/entrapment mediates the association between self-critical perfectionism and depressive symptoms in first-year undergraduate students. Poster presented at the 31st Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, DC. 

Robillard, C.L., Helps, C.E., Feltham, L., Nugent, S., Turner, B.J., & Eslami, A. (2018, October). Differentiating youth admitted to an adolescent psychiatric emergency department with and without self-cutting behavior. Poster presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Seattle, WA. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.09.277


Recent Awards

  • Master’s Fellowship (2019)
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Master’s (2018)
  • President’s Research Scholarship (2018)