Theodore Beauchaine

Theodore Beauchaine

William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., State University of New York (Stony Brook University)

  • Clinical

Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Suicide Prevention Initiative—Research, Intervention, & Training (SPIRIT)

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Theodore Beauchaine is William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Psychology and Co-director of the Notre Dame Suicide Prevention Initiative. His research focuses on (1) biological vulnerabilities to and environmental risk factors for nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal behaviors; (2) behavioral impulsivity, including pathways from ADHD to more serious outcomes across the lifespan; and (3) emotion dysregulation, including difficulties suppressing negative affect when doing so is advantageous.


Theodore Beauchaine is William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Psychology and Co-director of the Notre Dame Suicide Prevention Initiative. His research focuses on biological vulnerabilities to behavioral impulsivity, emotion dysregulation, and self-injurious behavior, and how these vulnerabilities are amplified by environmental adversities (e.g., maltreatment, neighborhood violence, and criminality, marginalization) to increase risk for psychopathology, including self-injury and suicidal behavior. He seeks to develop preventive interventions that reduce such risk by enhancing child, adolescent, and parent behavior and emotion regulation. Dr. Beauchaine is a past recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology and the American Psychological Association Mid-Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Benefit Children, Youth, and Families. He served on the National Institute of Mental Health National Advisory Council Workgroup on Tasks and Measures for the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and has edited several books, including Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (Wiley) and the Oxford Handbook of Emotion Dysregulation.

Recent Publications

(*denotes student author)
*Schettini E, Wilson S, Beauchaine TP (2021). Internalizing-externalizing comorbidity and regional brain volumes in the ABCD Study. Development and Psychopathology. Advance online publication.
*Bell ZE, Fristad MA, Youngstrom EA, Arnold LE, Beauchaine TP (2021). Prospective prediction of externalizing psychopathology by hyperactivity-impulsivity versus inattention: An empirical test of trait impulsivity theory. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Advance online publication. 
*Shader TM, Beauchaine TP (2021). A Monte Carlo evaluation of growth mixture modeling. Development and Psychopathology. Advance online publication.
Evans S, Beauchaine TP, Chronis-Tuscano A, Becker S, Chacko A, Gallagher R, ...Youngstrom E (2021). The efficacy of cognitive videogame training for ADHD and what FDA clearance means for clinicians. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 6, 116-130. 
Beauchaine TP, Ben-David I, Bos M (2020). ADHD, financial distress, and suicide in adulthood: A population study. Science Advances, 6, eaba1551. 
Beauchaine TP, Hinshaw SP (2020). RDoC and psychopathology among youth: Misplaced assumptions and an agenda for future research. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 49, 322-340. 
Beauchaine TP, Tackett JL (2020). Irritability as a transdiagnostic vulnerability trait: Current issues and future directions. Behavior Therapy, 51, 350-364.
Beauchaine TP, *Sauder CL, *Derbidge CM, *Uyeji, LL (2019). Self-injuring adolescent girls exhibit insular cortex volumetric abnormalities that are similar to those observed in adults with borderline personality disorder. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 1203-1212.
Beauchaine TP, Hinshaw SP, Bridge JA (2019). Nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal behaviors in girls: The case for targeted prevention in preadolescence. Clinical Psychological Science, 7, 643-667. 
Beauchaine TP, Cicchetti D (2019). Emotion dysregulation and emerging psychopathology: A transdiagnostic, transdisciplinary perspective. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 799-804
*Haines N, *Bell Z, *Crowell SE, *Hahn H, *Kamara D, *McDonough-Caplan H, *Shader T, Beauchaine TP (2019). Using automated computer vision and machine learning to code facial expressions of affective valence and arousal: Implications for emotion dysregulation research. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 871-886.
*Bell Z, *Shader TM, Webster-Stratton C, Reid MJ, Beauchaine TP (2018). Improvements in negative parenting mediate changes in children's autonomic responding following a preschool intervention for ADHD. Clinical Psychological Science, 6, 134-144.
*McDonough-Caplan H, Klein DN, Beauchaine TP (2018). Comorbidity and continuity of depression and conduct problems from elementary school to adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127, 326-337.
Beauchaine TP, *Zisner A, *Sauder CL (2017). Trait impulsivity and the externalizing spectrum. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 343-368.
*Sauder CL, *Derbidge CM, Beauchaine TP (2016). Neural responses to monetary incentives among self-injuring adolescent girls. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 277-291.
Beauchaine TP (2015). Future directions in emotion dysregulation and youth psychopathology. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 875-896.