Interested students

We are always happy for students to be involved with Lifespan and with the work of our members. Graduate students and undergraduates alike are invited to sign-up to receive updates from the Institute regarding research events and other opportunities. Graduate students can apply to work with professors affiliated with the Lifespan Institute on their Masters or PhD projects, while undergraduates can volunteer with researchers, participate in research, and work on their thesis projects with professors.

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Looking for information on opportunities with Lifespan Institute members?

Below we have a list of some of our current members, along with information on their research and whether or not they are currently accepting students. If you are interested in connecting further with a faculty member please email them directly (note that you can connect directly with their faculty pages using the links below).

Professor nameResearch interestsAccepting students or volunteers
Naomi AndrewsMy research focuses on children and adolescents’ peer relationships, with a focus on aggression, bullying, and other social processes. I also do evaluation research based on promoting healthy relationships. Dr. Naomi Andrews is also a member of BRAVE (Brock Research on Aggression and Victimization Experiences). Check out their site here for more information.Currently considering undergraduate thesis students, graduate students, and volunteers.
Michael AshtonMy research focuses on the structure and measurement of personality characteristics and other individual differences (e.g., mental abilities, beliefs and attitudes, interests).Not currently considering graduate students or volunteers.
Anthony BogaertDr. Bogaert accepts students through both the Applied Health Sciences and Psychology programs at Brock.  He studies various aspects of human sexuality, including the development of sexual orientation, the coming out experience in sexual minorities, gender differences in sexuality, and asexuality.Currently considering volunteers.
Sandra BosackiOur research provides a unique window into children’s and adolescents’ thinking and ways of communicating with self and others. We focus on social cognition, identity, and well-being - especially how Theory of Mind (understanding thoughts and emotions in self and other) links to how we think and feel about and treat ourselves and others.Currently considering student researchers and volunteers for help with a study on adolescents’ social reasoning skills, kindness, and well-being.
Priscilla Burnham RiosaMy research focuses on applying qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to understand or improve the well-being of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families over the lifespan. Areas of interest include examining interventions to improve therapeutic rapport in clinical settings, understanding the service and support needs of people on the autism spectrum, examining the utility of mindfulness-based and other positive psychology-based interventions for caregivers of autistic children, and Acceptance and Commitment Training/Therapy.Currently considering graduate students.
Michael BusseriOne aspect of our research focuses on “subjective well-being (SWB)”.  Another aspect of our research focuses on how people evaluate their SWB as unfolding over time, that is, their beliefs concerning their past, current, and anticipated future well-being. We are interested in understanding these issues from a lifespan perspective, drawing on experiences and findings based on people of various ages, from adolescence through older adulthood.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Karen CampbellMy research focuses on the cognitive and neural changes that accompany normal human aging. In our present studies, we are interested in how increased distractibility with age affects memory and ways in which we can improve older adults’ memory.Currently considering volunteers.
Heather ChalmersDr. Chalmers is interested in the young carer role and the impact on development, gambling and other risk behaviours, gender differences in risk-taking behaviours, risk-taking as it relates to identity formation, and decision making regarding involvement in risky behaviours.Not currently accepting student or volunteers .
Stephen CheungDr. Cheung studies the effects of environmental stress (heat, cold air and water, hydration, altitude) on human physiology and performance. This research spans fundamental investigations into the mechanisms of human physiology, while at the same time being applied towards making work and recreation in extreme settings safer and more productive.Currently considering volunteers, grad students, and post-docs.
Rosemary CondillacDr. Condillac’s broad research agenda is driven by her commitment to understanding the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), autism spectrum disorder(ASD), other neurodevelopmental disabilities and mental health conditions and their care providers and improving their well-being and life quality of through her community engaged research agenda. Dr. Condillac’s research focuses on solving problems that are socially significant and empirically-based. Currently, Dr. Condillac and her students are currently carrying out research related to remote teacher education for exceptional learners, post-secondary needs of graduate and undergraduate students with ASD, the factors that influence staff and clinician well-being and client outcomes, improving the quality of behavioural intervention plans as well as evaluating specific assessment, intervention, and training methodologies to improve individual outcomes. The Condillac Lab has successfully pivoted all current research to be consistent with COVID-19 precautions to ensure the safety of our participants, community partners, and research teams.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Maureen ConnollyDr. Maureen Connolly works with qualitative arts-based inquiry, narrative, poetic and bodily expressive modalities and how these function across scholarly, pedagogic and other creative outlets. Dr. Connolly’s teaching and research include curriculum, stressed embodiment, dance & movement education. Her theoretical dispositions are semiotic, phenomenological, post/anti-colonial, irreverent and quixotic.Currently considering volunteers and students.
Kimberly CoteHow does sleep impact our waking function? We investigate the role of sleep in waking cognition, emotion, and performance, through studies on the effects of sleep deprivation and insomnia. We record EEG and event-related potentials from multiple scalp sites, and apply quantitative analysis techniques, to examine physiological arousal and attention during sleep/wake states.Currently considering undergraduate and graduate students.
Drew DaneMy research focuses on aggression, antisocial behaviour and bullying amongst children and adolescents. I have a particular interest in understanding the psychological and social factors that influence adolescents’ use of aggressive or cooperative strategies to achieve their goals. I have also been studying how aggression and cooperative behaviour is affected by peer relations, including popularity, friendships, dating behaviour, social prestige and alliance formation. Dr. Drew Dane is also a member of BRAVE (Brock Research on Aggression and Victimization Experiences). Check out their site here for more information.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Sandra Della PortaMy primary area of study surrounds children’s use of social power as it presents itself in different contexts (e.g., family, early learning programs, community). Current projects include power in pedagogy and power in infant-parent play. The end goal is to build knowledge and understanding on the concept of social power in children’s learning and development and recognize how it can complement other aspects of children’s well-being, including agency and assertiveness, social justice and equity, and multiliteracy.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Lynn DempseyI am interested in how children’s language develops, particularly in the preschool years. My research focuses on narrative language comprehension in both monolingual and bilingual children and in children with and without language and hearing impairments. I want to learn more about what children understand when stories are read aloud to them by others, how comprehension of story read-alouds develops, and what factors contribute to successful story comprehension in young children. I am also interested in the relationships between early comprehension of story read-alouds and later reading comprehension.Currently considering volunteers.
Paula Duarte-GutermanMy research examines how biological sex and major life history events such as parenthood affect behaviour and neuroplasticity throughout the lifespan. We use rodent laboratory models and complement this animal work with analyses of human databases.Currently considering volunteers, undergraduate thesis students and graduate students.
Veena DwivediThere are at least 7,000 languages spoken on the planet. Furthermore, each human brain consists of a network of about 86 billion neurons. How do human brains comprehend and generate language? In my lab, we examine how young adults interpret sentences in context, using theories from neuroscience, linguistics, and psychology. Interested students from any of these disciplines are welcome. We use both behavioural (self-paced reading) and electrophysiological (EEG, ERPs) methods. We are also interested in special populations (e.g., older adults, Alzheimer’s, ADHD).Currently considering volunteers, undergraduate and graduate students.
Stephen EmrichI am interested in the cognitive neuroscience of visual attention, perception, and working memory. I am also interested in how these processes function in special populations (e.g., older adults, mild traumatic brain injury). I examine these questions with the use of behavioural methods, neuroimaging (fMRI), and electrophysiological methods (EEG,ERPs).Currently considering volunteers and students.
Angela EvansMy research is at the intersection of Developmental Psychology and Law. Specifically, I examine social and cognitive factors that influence children, adolescents, and older adults’ moral understanding of honesty and their deceptive behaviour. I also examine issues related to child eyewitness testimony such as how to question children to obtain the most honest and accurate report, children’s competency, credibility, and our ability to detect their lies.Currently considering volunteer research assistants, undergraduate thesis students and graduate students at the MA level.
Brent E. FaughtDr. Faught’s research interests are in the disciplines of clinical epidemiology and public health.  His current research involves examining hospital-based challenges (e.g., hospital falls risk, Alternate Level Care patients, societal economic gain/loss for patients and caregivers) that impact healthcare delivery.Currently considering student volunteers.
Bareket FalkI am a pediatric exercise physiologist, with a wide interest in children’s responses to exercise and the physiological effects that physical training may have on healthy children, as well as on children with chronic diseases. My current work focuses on the effect of growth, maturation and physical activity on neuromuscular function and on bone development. Neuromuscular function is examined using recent technology called decomposition electromyography (dEMG), as well as using traditional surface electromyography (EMG) and strength testing. Bone health is examined using blood biomarkers of bone.Currently considering graduate and undergraduate students.
Ann FarrellMy research goals include examining the: (1) role of individual factors that contribute to the development of youth bullying (e.g., personality, temperament), (2) interactions among individual, social, and environmental factors that contribute to bullying, and (3) associations between bullying and other forms of violence (e.g., indirect aggression, dating violence) and well-being in the long-term. Dr. Farrell is also a member of BRAVE (Brock Research on Aggression and Victimization Experiences). Check out their site here for more information.Currently considering undergraduate, graduate students and volunteers.
Maurice FeldmanDr. Feldman studies child maltreatment and parenting, particularly related to child neglect and parents with learning difficulties. His current research focuses on early identification and intervention for children with or at risk for developmental, behavioural, emotional, psychiatric, and school problems. He investigates atypical development, including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, developmental psychopathology, and dual diagnosis.Not currently accepting volunteers or students.
Jan FrijtersDr. Frijters is an Applied Developmental Psychologist with a focus on learning difficulties, motivation, and intervention. He also has a passion for quantitative research methods, especially for techniques such as multilevel modeling, person-centred, and structural equation modeling approaches that can help sort out how developmental processes unfold over time and within specific learning contexts. Several large collaborative projects are underway with collaborators in Beijing and Xi’an China, the University of Stavanger in Norway, Yale University and Georgia State University in the US. These ongoing studies focus on the most severely challenged children, adolescents and adults: providing and evaluating intervention, examining the genetic and brain basis for reading difficulties, and examining how neuropsychological characteristics interact with these factors. There are numerous and rich opportunities for students at every level within his ongoing projects.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Kimberley GammageMy research examines factors that can improve positive body image and reduce negative body image across the lifespan and in special populations (e.g., young adults to older adults, individuals with spinal cord injury), physiological and psychological measures of body image, and exercise psychology, including the exercise environment and how it can be structured to promote adherence and positive psychological outcomes.Currently considering students.
Dawn GoodDr. Good’s research team is interested in understanding the processing constraints involved in cognition, reasoning, and memory ability and how these constraints impact community living and daily function as well as how these abilities may be preserved, compensated, and/or mimicked in neurologically compromised individuals.Currently considering undergraduate students and volunteers.
Todd GreenDr. Green studies Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and is interested in both the consumer response to CSR and the role of CSR in marketing communicationsCurrently considering volunteers.
Gordon HodsonDr. Hodson is a social psychologist who examines intergroup relations, with an emphasis on stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and dehumanization. He studies biases toward a wide range of groups (e.g., sexism, racism, anti-LGBT, speciesism), focusing on how individual differences and personality interact with the context to exacerbate social marginalization. His research typically explores the multifarious precursors of prejudice, including both cognitive (e.g., group representations) and emotional (e.g., anxiety, disgust, empathy) factors. Recent research has focused on interventions to improve intergroup attitudes and relations. For more information, visit considering volunteers.
Parker J. HolmanMy research focuses on investigating social behaviour and its underlying neurobiology during the key developmental period of adolescence. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding the role of oxytocin and vasopressin - two proteins produced in the hypothalamus - in mediating social behaviour development, especially in the context of prenatal alcohol exposure. Though most of my research uses animal models, my research focus has expanded to include investigating how prenatal alcohol exposure may affect the “gut-brain” axis and change behaviour in human subjects.Not currently considering students and volunteers.
Michael HolmesAll too often, people leave work at the end of the day feeling tired and suffering from aches or pains. This not only influences their performance at work, but their quality of life at home. Workplace injuries cause a significant financial and social burden on our society. Our research program integrates neurophysiology and biomechanics techniques to better understand work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The lab aims to optimize human performance at work and sport by developing recommendations to minimize the risk of injury and maximize performance through ergonomic solutions. We use tools such as 3D motion capture, electromyography, cortical and spinal stimulation and roboticsCurrently considering students.
Nota KlentrouDr. Klentrou studies how sexual maturation, inflammation, exercise, training, adiposity and nutrition affect musculoskeletal growth, development and adaptation with a focus on youth and athletic populations.Currently considering volunteers and students.
John KrzeczkowskiMy Research Program is guided by the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis which posits that exposure to adverse conditions early in life can increase disease susceptibility across the lifespan. My work is built on two main pillars. Pillar 1 aims to determine how adverse prenatal and early postnatal conditions (e.g., parental mood disorders, poor prenatal diet, sibling mental illness) shape the foundations of emotion regulation in children. Pillar 2 aims to examine how interventions designed to improve the health of parents and families can optimize emotion regulation children. Studies conducted within each pillar inform subsequent studies in both pillars, thereby providing a continuous stream of novel and important research questions that my students, collaborators, and I will address to improve the lives of children and families. The overall goal of my research is to determine how we can best harness the immense plasticity of the developing brain to prevent mental disorders and optimize the health of families in Canada and beyond.Currently considering undergraduate thesis students, graduate students, and volunteers.
Sean LockeDr. Locke is a behavioural trials and health behaviour change researcher; much of his research involves testing behavioural treatments for disease prevention, rehabilitation, or management. His current research focuses on exercise-focused interventions with an emphasis on testing exercise counseling strategies to help motivate sustained behavioural changes.Currently considering volunteers and students.
Chunlei LuDr. Lu’s research has evolved from the areas of education, health, and culture. Specifically, his research includes topics in: 1) curriculum and pedagogy (e.g., student-centred pedagogy), educational change, alternative education, and wisdom education; 2) health and physical education; 3) positive education, mindfulness, wholistic health, and alternative medicine (e.g., Yuan Shi Dian, traditional Chinese medicine); and 4) cross-cultural studies in education, health, and physical activities.Currently considering volunteers and students.
Caitlin MahyHave you ever noticed how young children often forget to do things, put necessary tasks off, or have trouble imagining the future? My research focuses on the development of future-oriented thinking in early childhood. We examine how two important abilities, prospective memory and episodic foresight, change with age and how they relate to self-regulation and social understanding. We have recently begun studying the emergence and development of procrastination behaviour in early childhood and are interested in how poor self-control and future thinking contribute to procrastination.Currently considering volunteers and students.
Antonia MantonakisHi, I’m Antonia. I’m a consumer psychologist and study how consumers make decisions about products – like wine. My research uses experiments – either in my “wine lab”, at a winery, or with online platforms. I started my research on brand memory almost 20 years ago and more recently have been examining how consumers think about wine labels when making a purchase.Currently accepting MSc and undergraduate thesis students and volunteers.
Voula MarinosResearch in my Justice Lab is focused on three main areas. First, I am conducting research on plea bargaining in the criminal justice system (adult and youth) specifically around how defence counsel and Crown prosecutors negotiate sentences, including their underlying motivations, and short-term and long-term interests. Second, my research is focused on youth justice processes, including diversion, mental health court, and sentencing. This research is concentrated on decision-making processes, the outcomes of these processes, and understanding the gaps between the law and practice. Lastly, research is being conducted about persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the justice system, including diversion, accommodations and supports.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Tanya MartiniMost undergraduates make time for part-time work, volunteering, and extracurricular activities on top of their coursework. My research is aimed at improving what we know about the career-related skills that university students develop during these types of learning experiences.Not currently considering volunteers or graduate students.
Lynn McClearyMy research interests include improving health and social care for older persons and their care partners. I and currently am part of a research team investigating ways to improve advance care planning and end of life care in long term care homes. I also conduct research aimed at improving gerontological education for health and social care professionals. I am currently part of a research team that is creating resources to teach gerontology students about the experiences of sexual and gender minority older persons.Currently accepting volunteers and students.
John McNamaraOur research team studies the most effective approaches to supporting children with reading disabilities. We partner with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara to implement and study reading intervention programs to support children throughout the Niagara region.Not currently accepting student or volunteers.
Cathy MondlochPeople gain a lot of information from faces: Who someone is, how they are feeling, and personality traits. I study how face perception develops across the lifespan and how  these judgements vary across face categories (e.g., own- versus other-race faces; young versus older faces).Not currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Laura MullinsMy research interests are rooted in critical disability studies and focus on addressing individual, organizational and systemic factors that affect the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Specific research areas include accessibility within post-secondary education, exploring acceptable housing for adults with developmental disabilities, the effects of exposure to trauma for individuals and support services, assessment and treatment of challenging behaviours in adults with dual-diagnosis, improving the systems and organization that support adults with developmental disabilities. In appreciation of the need for critical and transformative research within disabilities studies, my research involves Community-Engaged Scholarship with services that support persons with disabilities as well as Participatory Action Research with persons with disabilities. I am a mixed-methods researcher who chooses methods in response to the specific research question.Currently considering students and volunteers.
Scott NeufeldI am a social psychologist by training and a community psychologist at heart. My research addresses two core areas: expanding critical, structural, and intersectional perspectives on substance use stigma and approaches to meaningful engagement of people with lived experience in research and policymaking. Under the first theme, a centrepiece is a large database of Canadian substance use-focused anti-stigma campaigns that we are currently analyzing. Expansions include analyses of the link between drug decriminalization and destigmatization as well as process explanations for the under-representation of social groups worst affected by substance use stigma and overdose-related harms in anti-stigma campaigns. Under the second theme, a community-based survey on how people with lived and living experience of criminalized substance use in the Niagara region want to get more involved in contributing their expertise is ongoing. Much of my research is community-based (i.e. community members are directly involved as collaborators in the research) and I primarily utilize qualitative research methods.Currently considering students and volunteers.
Sheila O’Keefe McCarthyDr. O’Keefe-McCarthy is a registered nurse, expert in adult cardiovascular critical care and a cardiovascular pain scientist and is the Primary Investigator within her Heart Innovation Research program. Her program is dedicated to cardiac health focusing on women’s and men’s heart health using a sex and gendered approach and the latest in digital health technology. With respect to this, the inter-related current areas of focus are: 1) to examine and describe cardiovascular disease related pain and associated symptoms [early [pre-clinical] cardiac prodromal symptoms and acute symptom presentations], 2) develop and evaluate interventions to improve diagnosis and management and 3) create knowledge mobilization through employing arts-informed research design, analysis, interpretation and dissemination strategies. Sheila works clinically in the critical care area of the intensive care and serves as the National Research Director for the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and as member of the Ontario Division Executive and is the Provincial Research Chair for Ontario.Currently considering students and volunteers.
Erin PandaErin Panda is a Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientist. She studies how the brain processes language, and how it changes with development, learning and remediation. Erin uses EEG to track developmental changes to children and young people’s brain responses while they read or listen to speech. Working with school boards, she also evaluates how evidence-based educational programs can improve learning outcomes. She is especially interested in working with students who struggle with reading or attention, or who speak other languages. The ultimate goal is for neuroscience to offer new insights into the mechanisms of typical/exceptional development, a better understanding of why some child struggle with learning, and what educational resources can best help them succeed.Not currently accepting student or volunteers.
Maurine ParzenMy major research interest is on the role of current and emerging technology in health care and nursing education. Currently I am focused on how technology can support informal caregivers caring for older adults living in the community and increasing their technology knowledge. As technology continues to penetrate the health care system, I am also very interested in how technology literacy is currently integrated within nursing curriculum to ensure compassion and humanistic caring remain at the center of the nurse’s role.Currently considering volunteers.
Karen A. PatteMy research primarily focuses on youth health and equity. In particular, I am interested in youth mental health and ill-health, weight perceptions, body image, and unhealthy weight-control behaviours, as well as other risk and health behaviours (e.g, substance use, sleep). With a background in both health psychology and public health, I am interested the psychosocial, behavioural, and environmental predictors of mental health and illness. My research aims to advance understanding of how different contexts and exposures shape health trajectories over time to inform preventative practice, policy, and programs.Currently considering graduate students.
William PickettI am a new faculty member in health sciences at Brock, after spending most of my career at Queen’s University. My research interests focus on the epidemiology of different aspects of child health, rural health, and the topics of injury and violence. I help to run a national health promotion survey called "HBSC" (Health Behaviour in School-aged Children" for Canada and have held a number of CIHR grants that focus on unique determinants of health in child and rural populations.Not accepting volunteers or students.
Charlis RainekiMy laboratory uses primarily animal models to examine how our unique experiences across development have profound impacts on our brains and behaviour. Our primary research interest is to uncover biological mechanisms underlying neurobehavioral deficits induced by pre- and/or early postnatal adverse experiences, with a special focus on understanding the increased vulnerability to develop psychopathologies such as depression and anxiety.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Valdeep SainiMy research interests include the translation of basic operant phenomena to areas of social importance, clinical applications of behaviour analysis to the assessment and treatment of behaviour disorders, using behaviour science to study social responsibility, and increasing the relevance of behavioural interventions in mainstream society.Currently considering graduate students and volunteers.
Elizabeth ShulmanEveryone takes risks at some point, but research suggests that risk-taking is particularly common during adolescence and early adulthood. In my work I investigate why risk-taking increases in adolescence and decreases in adulthood, focusing particularly on decisions based on intuition. I also consider how research in this area should inform societal responses to adolescent risk-taking (e.g., crime). My work helps to educate individuals on why adolescents engage in risky behaviour. See here for more information about Dr. Shulman’s work Youth Development LabCurrently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Christine Tardif-WilliamsDr. Tardif-Williams studies the social emotional development of children and youth within the context of family relationships. Specifically, she is interested in the role of companion animals in the lives of children and youth, the quality of parent-child interactions, and trauma and abuse in the lives of children and youth.Currently considering volunteers and students.
Ayda Tekok-KilicDr. Tekok-Kilic is a "clinical and cognitive neuroscientist". She is interested in developmental psychopathological approach to anxiety and ADHD, "neural mechanisms" underlying cognitive control,cognitive, sensory and temperamental aspects of cognitive control in anxiety and ADHD, "attentional and interpretational biases" in the context of cognitive control, strength-based assessment of executive skills (focus on cognitive control), and sex differences in anxiety and ADHD.Due to pandemic Dr. Tekok-Kilic is not able to accept volunteers and students until September 2021.
Sabrina ThaiThe ultimate goal of my research program is to understand how people think about themselves, their relationship partners, and their close relationships (e.g., romantic relationships, parent-child relationships, and friendships). In particular, I am interested in how people respond to social comparisons that occur in the context of close relationships and the consequences these comparisons have for their relationships.Currently considering volunteers.
Craig TokunoDr. Tokuno studies the neurophysiological and biomechanical control of human movement, with particular interest in determining how the central nervous system contributes to balance control, and how it is affected by age or neuromuscular deficitsCurrently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Tricia VauseDr. Vause is interested in the behavioural assessment and treatment for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as dual diagnosis of ASD and other challenges such as Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour.Currently considering volunteers and students.
Tony VolkMy lab does a range of interesting evolutionary and developmental psychology research.  We primarily study bullying and aggression, but also study parenting, infant faces, personality/psychopathy, and the evolution of childhood. Dr. Tony Volk is also a member of BRAVE (Brock Research on Aggression and Victimization Experiences). Check out their site here for more information.Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.
Kai-Yu WangDr. Wang is interested in studying new technologies in marketing (virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence), ethical consumption, marketing communication, consumer psychology, and service Marketing. His current projects investigate the impact of social media use on consumer well-being as well as the impact of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in brand value co-creation and consumer behaviour.Currently considering volunteers.
Wendy WardDr. Ward’s research team studies how diet – including whole foods as well as specific nutrients and novel bioactives – can support bone and oral health throughout the life span. The long-term goal is to develop nutritional strategies that reduce the risk of osteoporosis-related fracture. Clinical and preclinical studies are conducted to answer our research questions.Currently considering graduate students.
Teena WilloughbyMy major research interests are in adolescent and emerging adult development. I focus on two main questions: (a) What predicts the individual differences found among adolescents and emerging adults with regard to risk taking, mental health, and academic achievement, particularly in terms of different developmental pathways over time, and how are these pathways related to psychosocial adjustment?, and (b) Is adolescence and emerging adulthood a sensitive period for development, resulting in unique vulnerabilities and opportunities for both negative (e.g., risk taking, nonsuicidal self-injury) as well as positive behaviors (e.g., engagement in structured activities)?Currently considering volunteers and graduate students.