Matthew Keough

Assistant Professor

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


Doctor of Philosophy - 2016
Concordia University
Montreal, QC



Dr. Matt Keough is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. He earned a BSc. from the University of Toronto, and an M.A., and Ph.D. from Concordia University. He also completed a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a clinical psychology researcher and Chair of the Addiction Psychology section of the Canadian Psychological Association. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba (2017 – 2019).


Selected Publications


 (*indicates supervised student)


  1. Van Landeghem, C. & Jakobson, L.S., & Keough, M.T. (2019). Exercise dependence in university students: A subtyping study utilizing latent profile analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 45, 1-7.

  2. Marchica, L.A., Mills, D.J., Keough, M.T., Montreuil, T.C., & Derevensky, J.L. (2019). Emotion Regulation in Emerging Adult Gamblers and its Mediating Role with Depressive Symptomology. Journal of Affective Disorders, 258, 74-82. 

  3. *Bilevicius, E., Edgerton, J.D., Sanscartier, M.D., Jiang, D., & Keough, M.T. (in press). Examining Gambling Activity Patterns over Time in a Large Sample of Young Adults. Addiction Research & Theory.

  4. Sanscartier, M.D., Edgerton, J.D., & Keough, M.T. (in press). Attitudes towards gambling among a Canadian sample of young adults. International Gambling Studies.

  5. Edgerton, J.D., & Keough, M.T. (in press). Identifying and predicting multiple trajectories of alcohol dependence symptoms in a Canadian sample of emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood.

  6. Nicholson, R., Mackenzie, C.S. Afifi, T.O., Keough, M.T., & Sareen, J. (2019). An Examination of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Disordered Gamblers versus Other Substance-Related Disorders. Journal of Gambling Studies, 35(3), 829-847.

  7. *Single, A., *Bilevicius, E., Johnson, E.A., & Keough, M.T. (2019). Specific Facets of Mindfulness Reduce Risk for Alcohol and Drug Use Among First Year Undergraduate Students. Mindfulness, 10(7), 1269-1279.

  8. *Adams, T., *Rapinda, K.K., *Frohlich, J.R., O’Connor, R.M., & Keough, M.T. (2019). Impulsivity Moderates the Effect of Social Anxiety on In-Lab Alcohol Cravings. Addictive Behaviors, 97, 70-76.

  9. Quilty, L.C., Wardell, J.D., Thiruchselvam, T., Keough, M.T., & Hendershot, C.S. (2019). Brief Interventions for Problem Gambling: A Meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 14(4): e0214502.

  10. *Damien D.A., Keough, M.T., Jakobson, L.S., Bolton, J.M., & Edgerton, J.D. (2019). A Latent Class Analysis of Young Adult Gamblers from the Manitoba Longitudinal Survey of Young Adults (MLSYA). International Gambling Studies, 19(1), 148-166.

  11. Edgerton, J.D., Keough, M.T., & Roberts, L.W. (2019). An Exploratory Study of Alcohol Dependence and Problem Gambling Co-development Trajectories in Young Adults. International Gambling Studies, 19(1), 1-21.

  12. *Bilevicius, E., Neufeld, D.C., *Single, A., Foot, M., Ellery, M., Keough, M.T., & Johnson, E.A. (2019). Vulnerable narcissism and addiction: The mediating role of shame. Addictive Behaviors, 92, 115-121.

  13. Nogueira-Arjona, R., Shannon, T., Kehayes, I.-L., Sherry, S.B., Keough, M.T., & Stewart, S.H. (2019). Drinking to keep pace: An in-vivo study of the moderating influence of extraversion on alcohol consumption similarity in drinking buddy dyads. Addictive Behaviors, 92, 69-75.

  14. *Frohlich, J.R., *Rapinda, K.K., Schaub, M.P., Wenger, A., Baumgartner, C., Johnson, E.A., O’Connor, R.M., Vincent, N., Blankers, M., Ebert, D.D., Hadjistavropoulos, H., Mackenzie, C.S., & Keough, M.T. (2018). Testing the Efficacy of an Online Self-Help Treatment for Comorbid Alcohol Misuse and Emotional Problems in Young Adults: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT). JMIR Research Protocols, 7(11): e11298.

  15. Hendershot, C.S., Wardell, J.D., Vandervoort, J., McPhee, M.D., Keough, M.T., & Quilty, L.C. (2018). Randomized Trial of Working Memory Training as an Adjunct to Inpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32(8), 861-872.


  1. *Bristow, L.A., *Bilevicius, E., Stewart S.H., Goldstein, A.L., & Keough, M.T. (2018). Solitary Gambling Mediates the Risk Pathway from Anxiety Sensitivity to Excessive Gambling: Evidence from a Longitudinal Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32(6), 689-696.

  2. Edgerton, J.D., Keough, M.T., & Roberts, L.W. (2018). Co-development of Problem Gambling and Depression Symptoms in Emerging Adults: A Parallel-Process Latent Class Growth Model. Journal of Gambling Studies, 34(3), 949-968.

  3. *Bilevicius, E., *Single, A., *Rapinda, K.K, *Bristow, L.A., & Keough, M.T. (2018). Frequent Solitary Drinking Mediates the Associations between Negative Affect and Problem Drinking in Emerging Adults. Addictive Behaviours, 87, 115-121.

  4. *Frohlich, J.R., *Rapinda, K., O’Connor, R.M., & Keough, M.T. (2018). Examining Co-Patterns of Depression and Alcohol Misuse in Young Adults Following University Graduation. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 8, 40-45.

  5. Cunningham, J.A., Hodgins, D.C., Keough, M.T., Hendershot C.S., Bennett, K., Bennett A., & Godinho, A. (2018). Online interventions for problem gamblers with and without co-occurring problem drinking: Study Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Trials, 19(1), 295. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-018-2672-x.

  6. Keough, M.T., O’Connor, R.M., Swansburg, J., Barrett, S., Hodgins, D.C., & Stewart, S.H. (2018). Joint Effects of Impulsive and Self-Regulatory Processes on Frequent Gambling. Journal of Gambling Issues, 38, DOI:

  7. *Bilevicius, E., *Single, A., *Bristow, L.A., Ellery, M., Foot, M., Keough, M.T., & Johnson, E.A. (2018). Shame mediates the association between depression and addictive behaviours. Addictive Behaviours, 82, 94-100.

  8. Keough, M.T., *Penniston, T., Vilhena-Churchill, N., R. Bagby M. & Quilty L.C. (2018). Depression Symptoms and Reasons for Gambling Mediate the Association between Insecure Attachment Styles and Problem Gambling. Addictive Behaviors, 78, 166-172.

  9. Keough, M.T., O’Connor, R.M., & Stewart, S.H. (2018). Solitary Drinking is Associated with Specific Alcohol Problems in Emerging Adults. Addictive Behaviors, 76, 285-290.

  10. Keough, M.T., Hendershot, C.S., Wardell, J.D., & R. Bagby, M. (2018). Investigating the Mediational Role of Negative Urgency in the Anxiety Pathway to Cannabis Problems and Dependence among Postsecondary Students. Journal of American College Health, 66(2), 69-75


  1. Gavin, J., Keough, M.T., Mcbrearty, M., Abravanel, M., & Moudrakovski, T. (2017). A Canonical Variate Analysis of Personal Traits and Physical Activity interests: Furthering the Sport Personology Debate. Leisure, 41(4), 509-533.

  2. Keough, M.T., Wardell, J.D., Hendershot, C.S., Quilty, L.C., & R. Bagby M. (2017). Fun-Seeking and Reward Responsiveness Moderate the Effect of the Behavioral Inhibition System on Coping-Motivated Problem Gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33(3), 769-782.


  1. Keough, M.T., O’Connor, R.M., & Read, J.P. (2016). External Replication and Validation of the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire in a Large Sample of Canadian Undergraduates. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(5), 1093-1099.

  2. Keough, M.T., O’Connor, R.M., & Colder, C.R. (2016). Testing the Implicit and Explicit Cognitions Underlying BIS-related Drinking in Young Adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(5), 1065-1074.

  3. Keough, M.T., Battista, S.R., O’Connor, R.M., Sherry, S.B., & Stewart, S.H. (2016). Getting the Party Started - Alone: Solitary Predrinking Mediates the Association between Social Anxiety and Alcohol-Related Problems. Addictive Behaviors, 55, 19-24.

  4. Keough, M.T., Badawi, G., Nitka, D., O’Connor, R.M., & Stewart, S.H. (2016). Impulsivity Increases Risk for Coping-Motivated Drinking in Undergraduates with Elevated Social Anxiety. Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 45-50.

  5. Keough, M.T., & O’Connor, R.M. (2016). Interactive Effects of the BIS and the BAS on Trajectories of Alcohol Misuse after University Graduation. Invited paper by Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 9(S1), 33-40.


  1. Gavin, J., Keough, M.T., Abravanel, M., & Mcbrearty, M. (2015). Exploring Physical Activity Preferences across the Lifespan. Leisure, 39(3-4), 323-344.

  2. Keough, M.T., Hines, S., *Winslade, A., & O’Connor, R.M. (2015). Negative Urgency and Gender Moderate the Association between Anxiety Sensitivity and Alcohol-Related Problems. Journal of Addiction and Prevention, 3, 1-7.

  3. Keough, M.T., O’Connor, R.M., Sherry, S.B., & Stewart, S.H. (2015). Context Counts: Solitary Drinking Explains the Association between Depressive Symptoms and Alcohol-related Problems in Undergraduates. Addictive Behaviors, 42, 216-221.

  4. *Reynolds, A., Keough, M.T., & O’Connor, R.M. (2015). Is Being Mindful Associated with Reduced Risk for Internally-Motivated Drinking and Alcohol Use among Undergraduates? Addictive Behaviors, 42, 222-226.

  5. Le, A., Stojanoski, B., Khan, S., Keough, M.T., & Niemeier, M. (2015). A Toggle Switch of Visual Awareness? Cortex, 64, 169-178.  

2014 and Earlier

  1. Keough, M.T., & O’Connor, R.M. (2014). Clarifying the Measurement and the Role of the Behavioral Inhibition System in Alcohol Misuse. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38(5), 1470-1479.

  2. Gavin, J., Keough, M.T., Abravanel, M., Moudrakovski, T., & Mcbrearty, M. (2014). Motivations for Participation in Physical Activity across the Lifespan. International Journal of Wellbeing, 4(1), 46-61.

  3. Niemeier, M., Singh, V.V.W., Keough, M., & Akbar, N. (2008). The Perceptual Consequences of the Attentional Bias: Evidence for Distracter Removal. Experimental Brain Research, 189(4), 411-420.


Psychological Association of Manitoba
Registered Psychologist (#460)

Canadian Psychological Association
Chair of Addiction Psychology


Psychology Teaching Award - University of Manitoba - 2018

JGI Scholar’s Award - 2018

Junior Investigator Award Research Society on Alcoholism - 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship Canadian Institutes of Health Research - 2016

Certificate of Academic Excellence for Dissertation - Canadian Psychological Association - 2016

Accelerator Award – 2015 – 2016 Concordia University - 2016


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Dr. Keough’s research focuses on improving our understanding of the etiology and treatment of addictive behaviour, including both substance use and behavioural addiction (e.g., problem gambling). His work is mechanism-focused and is rooted in motivational models of personality and cognitive theory. He uses laboratory-based experiments, correlational studies, and prospective designs to identify who is at risk for addiction and the mechanisms underlying this risk. One specific aim of his work is to elucidate coping or self-medication pathways to substance use among young adults. Moreover, he is currently conducting a series of randomized clinical controlled trials to examine new treatments for addiction and co-occurring mental health issues (e.g., depression and anxiety).

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Matthew T. Keough