Nathalie Fontaine

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Montreal, 2007

Nathalie received her Ph.D. from the School of Criminology at the University of Montréal (Canada) in 2007. She received a postdoctoral fellowship (2007-2008) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to conduct research in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London (U.K.), the School of Psychology, Laval University (Canada) and the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (U.K.). Her research in developmental criminology is multidisciplinary and has been published in high impact journals (e.g., Archives of General Psychiatry, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry). She has a special interest in translational research, applying basic science findings to applied and clinical settings. Her research concerns the development and the prevention of antisocial behavior and related disorders (e.g., substance use problems) using longitudinal and experimental designs. Recently, she has focused on the study of callous-unemotional traits in children, a potential risk factor for psychopathy in adulthood. She is currently integrating twin model-fitting and brain imaging in her research to study developmental criminology and psychopathology.

Selected Publications

Piquero, A.R., Farrington, D.P., Fontaine, N.M.G., Vincent, G., Coid, J., & Ullrich, S. (2012, February 6). Childhood risk, offending trajectories, and psychopathy at age 48 years in the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. Psychology, Public Policy and Law. Advance online publication.

Sebastian, C.L., Fontaine, N.M.G., Bird, G., Blakemore, S.J., De Brito, S.A., McCrory, E.J.P., & Viding, E. (2012). Neural processing associated with cognitive and affective Theory of Mind in adolescents and adults. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN), 7 (1), 53-63.

Sebastian, C.L., McCrory, E.J.P., Cecil, C.A.M., Lockwood, P.L., De Brito, S.A., Fontaine, N.M.G., & Viding, E. (2012). Neural responses to affective and cognitive Theory of Mind in children with conduct problems and varying levels of callous-unemotional traits. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69 (8), 814-822.

Viding, E., Fontaine, N.M.G., & McCrory, E.J. (2012). Antisocial behaviour in children with and without callous-unemotional traits. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 105, 195-200.

Fontaine, N.M.G., McCrory, E.J.P., Boivin, M., Moffitt, T.E., & Viding, E. (2011). Predictors and outcomes of joint trajectories of callous-unemotional traits and conduct problems in childhood. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120 (3), 730-742.

Fontaine, N.M.G., Rijsdijk, F.V., McCrory, E.J.P., & Viding, E. (2010). Etiology of different
developmental trajectories of callous-unemotional traits. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49 (7), 656-664.

Fontaine, N., Carbonneau, R., Vitaro, F., Barker, E.D., & Tremblay, R.E. (2009). Research review: A critical review of studies on the developmental trajectories of antisocial behavior in females. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50 (4), 363-385.

Viding, E., Fontaine, N.M.G., Oliver, B.R., & Plomin, R. (2009). Negative parental discipline, conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits: Monozygotic twin differences study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195 (5), 414-419.

Fontaine, N., Barker, E.D., Salekin, R.T., & Viding, E. (2008). Dimensions of psychopathy and their relationships to cognitive functioning in children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37 (3), 690-696.

Fontaine, N., Carbonneau, R., Barker, E.D., Vitaro, F., Hébert, M., Côté, S.M., Nagin, D.S., Zoccolillo, M., & Tremblay, R.E. (2008). Girls’ hyperactivity and physical aggression during childhood and adjustment problems in early adulthood: A 15-year longitudinal study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65 (3), 320-328.