Staff

Our staff

Dr. Frederick Grouzet

Dr. Frederick Grouzet

Director
Centre for Youth and Society

Dr. Frederick Grouzet (he/him) is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Centre for Youth and Society. His research focuses on values and aspirations (as the core of self-identity), self-regulation, and well-being.  Using advanced quantitative methods, he examined the effect of natural and social contexts (e.g., education, family), personal growth experiences (e.g., experiential learning activities, significant life transitions, life traumas), and self-reflective processes (e.g., mindfulness, nostalgia) on the development of goals, values and self-identity. He also investigates the relationships between values and personal well-being (e.g., happiness, optimal functioning), social well-being (e.g., positive leadership, social justice, intergroup attitudes) and ecological well-being (i.e., ecological behaviours). His research on self-regulation is applied to various health behaviours (e.g., eating, sleeping, alcohol consumption) and everyday use of technology (e.g., cellphone, internet, social media). Dr. Grouzet is co-editor of Self-Regulation and Autonomy (2013) published by Cambridge University Press, and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences.

Office: UH3 Rm 103c
Yen Yen Sammi Wong

Yen Yen Sammi Wong

Administrative Assistant
Centre for Youth & Society
Sammi (she/her) recently graduated from UVic with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her degree, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Youth and Society. The Centre has provided her with endless opportunities to get involved in community-engaged research. Her other research interests include relationship changes through the lifespan, experiences of racism during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the intersection of personality and mental health. As the Administrative Assistant, she is excited to support the Centre on a larger scale and continue her involvement in research.
Office: UH3, Rm 104

Our research assistants

Jessica Detta

Jessica Detta

Research Assistant, Social Media Assistant, e-News Coordinator
Centre for Youth & Society

Jessica (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate psychology student. She has a strong interest in social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and clinical counselling. Jessica is passionate about helping at-risk youth and the homeless population while addressing addiction and mental health and aims to pursue this area of work in her further education and career.

 

Hayley Ellis

Hayley Ellis

Research Assistant
Centre for Youth & Society

Hayley (she/her) is a second-year undergraduate Psychology student. She has a strong interest in the cultural diversity of psychology outside of traditional western applications. She hopes to focus her future work on the health and well-being of at-risk populations of youth, which is what drew her to the CFYS. As a Kwakwakaʼwakw person, she also aims to centre decolonization in helping professions to create more culturally appropriate care for indigenous people. 

 

Lauren  Harris

Lauren Harris

Research Assistant
Centre for Youth & Society

Lauren (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate Art History student with a minor in Museum Studies. She is passionate about the use of art to create positive social change, and the preservation of both material and intangible heritage. Her research is always focused on broadening the traditional narrative of history, and making art and education more accessible. She is excited to be able to contribute to the community by working with CFYS. 

 

Doris Li

Doris Li

Research Assistant, Graphic Design, Infographics
Centre for Youth & Society

Doris (she/her) is a fourth-year undergraduate Visual Arts student with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in multidisciplinary art practices and promoting social justice and mental wellbeing with compelling visuals. She aims to explore the connections between visual art and social science in her work and expand her understanding of youth related issues. She is looking forward to developing a more holistic view of Art and Psychology as well as bettering her skills through her work at CFYS. 

Brian Little

Brian Little

Research Assistant, Youth Council Coordinator
Centre for Youth & Society

Brian (he/him) is a third-year undergraduate student in the Elementary Education Program at UVic. He has a strong passion for working with children and youth both in educational and community settings. Brian plans on continuing his educational journey with a master’s degree specialization in special education so that he can work with students with exceptionalities. He is excited to contribute to the amazing work at the Centre for Youth and Society. 

Emilio Velazquez

Emilio Velazquez

Research Assistant, Data Analysis, Graphic Design, Infographics
Centre for Youth & Society

Emilio (he/him) is a fourth-year international undergraduate student at UVic. Majoring in psychology with a minor in economics, his interests are centred on exploring and describing human social behaviour. He is passionate about finding ways to apply computerized processes and information in settings related to social sciences. Emilio is excited to get the chance to grow his experience by working with the CFYS and wishes to further develop his career and education within his interests.