Some examples of our research:
Ongoing longitudinal study of 1132 emerging adults in its 7th year of data collection. Goal is to examine stress, coping, academic success, and long-term outcomes.
Participants are surveyed about their mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, self-harming behaviours, self-esteem) and psychosocial determinants of health, including academic motivation/achievement, achievement, sleep problems, media, temperament, stress, and coping. We also conduct experiments – for example, we examined associations between exposure to painful life events, stress, and emotions using physiological equipment (i.e., heart rate, cold-pressure task).
Youth Lifestyle Choices – Community University Research Alliance (YLC-CURA) is a longitudinal study of 4412 youth from grade 9 to grade 12. Goal is to better understand resilience and youth lifestyle choices, including positive and risky choices.
Working as a multidisciplinary team, YLC-CURA adopts a multi-faceted approach to the study of resilience in areas such as substance use, gambling, aggression, sexual activity, physical activity, and academic achievement. Study includes questions about leisure activities, interpersonal relationships, intrapersonal factors, community resources, and school behaviours.