The Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Institute for Lifespan Development Research is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort dedicated to studying human development across the lifespan, with special strengths in childhood and adolescence.
The Institute involves 90 faculty members representing Social Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, Education, and Business, as well as 40 community agencies, who collaborate to investigate psychological, social, health, neurophysiological and educational aspects of life from infancy to old age.
Our major current initiative is the Brock Healthy Youth Project (BHYP), which is a collaborative effort dedicated to longitudinally examining the link between health-risk behaviours and adolescent brain development. BHYP was recently awarded $1.43M from CIHR to fund the project for the next 5 years.
The Institute houses specialized labs, observation rooms, interview and testing rooms, as well as computer labs for large-scale studies.
Knowledge translation and mobilization are very important parts of our mandate and we work to make our research openly available in a variety of formats. For example, we produce research snapshots for research being produced within the Institute. For more information on our knowledge translation and mobilization work, please contact the Institute’s Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Jayne Morrish.