Theodore Beauchaine

William K. Warren Foundation Professor

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

William K. Warren Foundation Professor
E312 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-3910

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

Professor Beauchaine is open to admitting graduate students for fall 2024 matriculation.

Primary Area: Clinical

Research and teaching interests

Developmental psychopathology; suicide prevention; self-harm; emotion dysregulation; biology x environment interactions; impulsivity; addiction.


Theodore Beauchaine is a developmental psychopathologist who studies how complex interactions between intrinsic person-level vulnerabilities (e.g., genetic predispositions, brain function, temperament) and extrinsic environmental risk factors (e.g., child abuse, neighborhood disadvantage) can result in mental health problems.

He is among the first psychopathologists to characterize common but different pathways to psychopathology that are often traversed by boys/men vs. girls/women with ADHD who are also at environmental risk (e.g., maltreatment, deviant peer affiliations). In such situations, boys/men are more likely to develop conduct problems and delinquent behaviors whereas girls/women are more likely to develop self-injury and suicidal behaviors. Both are at risk for lifelong impairment, including addiction. Beauchaine seeks to prevent these outcomes early in life with targeted intervention programs that improve emotion regulation.

Beauchaine is also president-elect for the International Society for Research in Child & Adolescent Psychopathology.


Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Representative Publications

Bell, Z. E., Fristad, M. A., Youngstrom, E. A., Arnold, L. E., Beauchaine, T. P. & the LAMS Consortium (2021). "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and externalizing progression in the LAMS Study: A test of trait impulsivity theory." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 61, 298-307. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2021.05.018

Beauchaine, T. P., Ben-David, I., & Bos, M. (2020). "ADHD, financial distress, and suicide in adulthood: A population study." Science Advances, 6, eaba1551. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aba1551

Beauchaine, T. P., & Hinshaw, S. P. (2020). "RDoC and psychopathology among youth: Misplaced assumptions and an agenda for future research." Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 49, 322-340. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2020.1750022

Beauchaine, T. P., Hinshaw, S. P., & Bridge, J. A. (2019). "Nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal behaviors in girls: The case for targeted prevention in preadolescence." Clinical Psychological Science, 7, 643-667. doi: 10.1177/2167702618818474

Beauchaine, T. P., *Sauder, C. L., *Derbidge, C. M., & *Uyeji, L. L. (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. doi: 10.1017/S0954579418000822