Andrew Daoust, Assistant Professor

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Pronouns: he/they

Office Location: Horton Hall 426

Classes recently taught: Advanced Seminar in Psychopathology of Childhood


H.B.Sc., Life Sciences, University of Toronto

M.Sc., Clinical Science & Psychopathology, Western University

Ph.D., Clinical Science & Psychopathology, Western University

Pre-doctoral Clinical Residency (CPA Accredited), Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium (NORPIC)


My program of research focuses on understanding markers of risk that help us to predict which children might be at greater risk for psychopathology across their development. I have a particular interest in biological markers of risk (e.g., cortisol, telomeres) which might contribute to our understanding of the physiological underpinnings of psychological disorder. I am also interested in understanding sex differences in risk for psychopathology and how these differences in risk might be driven by social, psychological, and biological factors.

I am currently working towards registration as a clinical psychologist in Nova Scotia. In my clinical training, I have developed expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as evidence-based treatments for a wide range of disorders.

I welcome honour students, graduate students, and volunteers to join my lab.


Daoust, A. R., Green, H., Vandermeer, M. R. J., Liu, P., Stanton, K., … & Hayden, E. P. (2023). Pre-pandemic cortisol reactivity predicts youths’ trajectories of internalizing symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Biological psychology, 108714.

Green, H., Daoust, A. R., Vandermeer, M. R. J., Liu, P., Stanton, K., Harkness, K. L., & Hayden, E. P. (2023). Characterizing and predicting Canadian adolescents’ internalizing symptoms in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian journal of behavioural science.

Gabel, L. N., Daoust, A. R., Olino, T. M., Grahn, J. A., Durbin, E. C. & Hayden, E. P. (2022). Children’s emotional reactivity to emotionally evocative stimuli: Associations with internalizing symptoms. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 68(4), 437-477.

Daoust, A. R., Stanton, K., Vandermeer, M. R. J., Liu, P., Harkness, K. L., Hayden, E. P. (2022). Development and preliminary validation of the pandemic avoidance and concern scales (PACS). Journal of psychopathology and behavioral assessment.

Vandermeer, M. R. J., Liu, P., Mohamed Ali, O., Daoust, A. R., Joanisse, M.F., … & Hayden, E. P. (2022). Children’s neural reactivity to maternal praise and criticism: associations with early depressive symptoms and maternal depression. Development and psychopathology, 1-16.

Daoust, A. R., Thakur, A., Kotelnikova, Y., Kleiber, M. L., Singh, S. M., & Hayden, E. P. (2021). Associations between children’s telomere length, caregiving, and the early environment. Child psychiatry and human development.

Liu, P., Vandermeer, M. R. J., Mohamed Ali, O., Daoust, A. R., Joanisse, M. F., ... & Hayden, E. P. (2020) Maternal depression, child temperament and early life stress predict never-depressed preadolescents’ functional connectivity during a negative mood induction. Clinical psychological science.

Sandstrom, A., Daoust, A. R., Russel, E., Koren, G., & Hayden, E. P (2020). Hair cortisol concentrations predict change in girls’ depressive symptoms. European journal of developmental psychology, 1-15.

Vandermeer, M. R. J., Liu, P., Mohamed Ali., O., Daoust, A. R., Joanisse, M. F., … & Hayden, E. P (2020). Orbitofrontal cortex grey matter volume is related to children’s depressive symptoms. Neuroimage: Clinical, 28, 102395.

Gabel, L. N., Salisbury, M. R., Daoust, A. R., Grahn, J. A., Durbin, C. E. & Hayden, E. P. (2019). Development and validation of a battery of emotionally evocative film clips for use with young children. Psychological assessment, 31 (8), 1040-1051.

Daoust, A. R., Kotelnikova, Y., Kryski, K. R., Sheikh, H. I., Singh, S. M. & Hayden, E. P. (2018). Examining child sex as a moderator of the relationship between cortisol reactivity and symptoms over time. Comprehensive psychiatry, 87, 161-170.

A full publication list is available on my Google Scholar page.