Heather Chalmers, Ph.D.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies




Heather Chalmers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
CRN - 348 
(905) 688-5550 ext. 3191
heather.chalmers@brocku.ca

Dr. Chalmers is a developmental psychologist. Her primary research interest is in adolescent gambling and related risk-taking behaviours. Her specific interests include understanding of the development of gambling problems, the predictors of various levels of gambling involvement, treatment change processes, risk and protective factors, and resilience related to gambling. In addition, she is interested in gender differences related to participation in risk-taking behaviours and the decision-making processes of youth in risk-taking situations. Dr. Chalmers also conducts research with Young Carers to better understand how this role impacts on their lives. Dr. Chalmers works closely with treatment and youth-serving community agencies within Southern Ontario to help agencies integrate new knowledge into their programs.

Research Interests:

  • Gambling and other risk behaviours
  • Gender issues in risk-taking behaviours
  • Risk-taking as it relates to identity formation
  • Decision-making regarding involvement in risky behaviours
  • Etiology of problem behaviours

(A representative sample of scholarly achievements)

Recent Publications:

Busseri, M., Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H., & Bogaert, A. (in press). A closer look at same-sex attraction and adolescent risk behavior involvement: Examining mediation and moderation. Developmental Psychology.

Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H., Busseri, M., Bosacki, S., Dupont, D., Marini, Z., Rose-Krasnor, L., Sadava, S., Ward, T., & Woloshyn, V. (2007). Adolescent non-involvement in multiple risk behaviors: An indicator of successful development? Applied Developmental Science. 11(2), 89-103.
Busseri, M., Willoughby, T., & Chalmers, H. (2007). A rationale and method for examining reasons for linkages among adolescent risk behaviors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 36, 279-289.

Chalmers, H. & Willoughby, T. (2006). Do predictors of gambling involvement differ across male and female adolescents? Journal of Gambling Studies. 22(4), 373-392.

Rose-Krasnor, L., Busseri, M., Willoughby, T., & Chalmers, H. (2006). A longitudinal examination of breadth and intensity of youth activity involvement and successful development. Developmental Psychology. 42(6), 1313-1326.

Busseri, M., Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H., & Bogaert, A. (2006). Same-sex attraction and successful adolescent development. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35(4), 563-575.

Rose-Krasnor, L., Busseri, M., Willoughby, T., & Chalmers, H. (2006). Breadth and Intensity of Youth Activity Involvement as Contexts for Positive Development. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35(3), 385-499.

McNamara, J., Willoughby, T., & Chalmers, H. (2005). Psychosocial Status of Adolescents with LD With and Without Co-morbid ADHD. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.20 (4), 234-244.

McNamara, J.K., Willoughby, T., & Chalmers, H. (2005). Risk-taking behaviors in adolescents with learning disabilities. Thalamus, 23(2), 8-17.
Woloshyn, V., Chalmers, H. & Bosacki, S. (2005). Creating university-community partnerships in a teacher education program. Alberta Journal of Educational Research. 51( 3).

Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H., & Busseri, M. (2004). Where's the syndrome? Examining co-occurrence among multiple “problem” behaviours in youth. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. 72 (6), 1022-1037.

Recent Conference Presentations:

Chalmers, H. & Synes-Taraba, L. (2007, June). The hidden reality of young carers: Impacts and implications. Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT), Toronto ON.

Chalmers, H. & Kendal, J. (2007, March). Examining Low and High-Risk Gamblers' Motives for Gambling Participation. Society for Research on Child Development, Boston, MA.

Chalmers, H., Jansen, H., & Bosacki, S. (March 2006). Adolescent perceptions of dieting and intrapersonal differences by BMI classifications. Society for Research on Adolescents, San Francisco, CA.

Buserri, M., Bogaert, A., Chalmers, H., & Willoughby, T. (March 2006). Examining the lives of sexual-minority and heterosexual youth. Society for Research on Adolescents, San Francisco, CA.

Chalmers, H., Willoughby, T., & YLC-CURA (April 2005). Adolescents' perceptions of gambling. Society for Research on Children Development, Atlanta, Georgia.

Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H., Busseri, M., & YLC-CURA (April 2005). An exploration of adolescents who abstain from multiple risk behaviors. Society for Research on Children Development, Atlanta, Georgia.

Busseri, M., Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H. & YLC-CURA (April 2005). Applying the theory of triadic influence to multiple adolescent health risk behaviors . Society for Research on Children Development, Atlanta, Georgia.

Chalmers, H. & Willoughby, T. (July 2004). What predicts adolescent gambling? A comprehensive examination of potential predictors. International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Conference, Ghent, Belgium.

Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H., & Busseri, M. (July 2004). Where is the syndrome? Examining co-occurrence among multiple problem behaviors in adolescence. International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Conference, Ghent, Belgium.

McNamara, J., Willoughby, T., & Chalmers, H. (July 2004). Risk-taking behaviours in adolescents with learning disabilities. International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, Ann Arbour, MI.

Chalmers, H. & Willoughby, T. (July 2004). Factors which discriminate among groups of adolescent gamblers. American Psychological Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Chalmers, H. & Willoughby, T. (March, 2004). The relation of adolescent gambling to nine risk behaviors. Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

Busseri, M., Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H. (March, 2004). Breaking the link: Explaining covariation among multiple problem behaviors in adolescence. Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.