Student affiliates

CFYS Research Assistants at Ideafest, where they presented key findings from Community Research Exchange products.
CFYS Research Assistants at Ideafest, where they presented key findings from Community Research Exchange products.
Name Program of Study Research Interests
Brenda Adams Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, PhD Childhood obesity prevention programs that use a blended model of online and in-person program delivery.
Damilola Afolabi Economics, MA Inclusive economic growth, health, and education. Interested in working with vulnerable populations in marginalized communities to improve the active participation of youths and children in driving inclusive economic growth.
Taiwo Afolabi Theatre, PhD My research focuses on working with displaced populations, especially youths in Victoria and Nigeria
Larissa Alabe Padua Educational Psychology, MEd
Special Education
Literacy acquisition and development of children receiving instruction in their second language (L2); Educational supports that must be in place for children with special needs in care in B.C.
Ian Alexander Curriculum and Instruction, MA Educational Studies Support for and adaptation of international youth to education in Canada
Hanieh Almotahari Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, MEd Emotional and moral development, child and youth psychology, identity development, inclusive education
Keenan Andrew Child and Youth Care, MA Re-weaving legacies of gender-based violence with Indigenous young men
Stephanie Arlt Social Dimensions of Health, MSc Street-involved youth, drug use, harm reduction, social justice, and homeless youth policy in Canada
Luis Barros Curriculum and Instruction, PhD Narrative Inquiry in the context of understanding how immigrants shape and (re)shape their lives, identities and stories to live by within and through multicultural worlds
Katy Bigsby Educational Psychology and Leadership, Master's in Community Engagement and Adult Education Non-formal learning, children and youth with challenging behaviour, social-emotional learning
Alexandra Blinova Curriculum and Instruction, MA Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on program development and delivery of non-formal in-person school programmes
Leila Boloori Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Curriculum in elementary schools, child psychology, children and youth teaching, critical thinking, international education, English language art education, language literacy teaching and children's literature
Sydney Boothroyd Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, MA Effects of digital technology on youth mental health; relationship between screen consumption and mental, emotional, relational well-being of individuals and communities
Holly Brinkman Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, MEd
Special Education/Inclusion
Using applied drama to increase teacher self-efficacy and decrease student victimization in inclusive classrooms.
Alexis Brown Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, PhD Critical Literacies with Indigenous Youth
Anna Chadwick Child and Youth Care, MA My primary topic focuses on sexualized violence and gender-based violence against girls and youth in Indigenous communities. My research is arts-based and encompasses frameworks decolonization by incorporating values of land and body sovereignty in Indigenous communities. The research is part of the project, Sisters Rising, supervised by Dr. Sandrina de Finney.
Emma Chalifour Child and Youth Care, MA Exploring the experiences of children and youth during the intensive care unit stay of an adult family member
Sandra Chamberlain-Snider Theatre History, PhD Theatre History, children and youth in theatre and performance training, Canadian studies
Fanie Collardeau Psychology, PhD
Clinical Psychology
Intimate partner violence, romantic attachment and emotion-regulation, especially the regulation of shame
Elizabeth Comeau Interdisciplinary Studies, MSc Children's Human Rights, health, physical activity, self-determination
Parker Croshaw Child and Youth Care, MA Sexual Behaviour problems in youth, counselling, ethics, psychotherapy, forensic psychology
Bianca DeSilva

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, MSc


Childhood obesity prevention, family-based programs, physical activity and literacy, sport, healthy eating, positive mental health, screen time.
Sharon Dias Geography, PhD Social housing, public housing policy, human rights, social justice, refugees, participation of children and adolescents in policy decisions, Brazil
Rebecca Duerksen Anthropology, MA Youth experiences of chronic illness, youth perceptions of illness disclosure, dominant cultural and social ideas about youthfulness and young bodies (and associated stigma), and possible barriers to support-seeking behaviours for youth with chronic illness
Stephanie Field Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, PhD
Motor development, physical activity, perceptions of competence, recreation
Antwi Frimpong Law, LLM
Public Interest Law
Legal aid clinics to support community-based access to justice in developing countries
Patrick Gale Curriculum and Instruction, MA
Curriculum Studies and Leadership
Student and teacher ecoliteracy development through nature and food immersion, with an Indigenous and place-based focus
Jennifer Gruno Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, MA Benefits of nature-based physical activity; meeting the needs and interests of girls in physical and health education
Dorothea Harris Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, PhD Centring Coast Salish ways of knowing and being within the academy, the impacts of post-secondary education on Coast Salish students
Carolyn Helps

Psychology, MSc
Clinical Lifespan

Nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, community psychology
Kayla Hofman

Political Science, MA

Children's political agency; educational climate programs; generational injustice
Georgina Hope Educational Psychology and Leadership, Master's in Leadership, Community Engagement Fostering youth resiliency through storytelling
Katsistohkwí:io Jacco Political Science, MA Food sovereignty and its influence on positive family relationships
Adam Jenkins Sociology, MA Alternative justice models for youth who offend
Jocelyn Jones Psychology, BSc Trauma, autonomy, and developmental psychology, especially in women and LGBTQ+ communities
Meg Margaret Kapil Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, PhD The interweave of mental health, stress regulation, and self-regulated learning
Luke Kernan Anthropology, PhD Early psychosis among young adults; volunteering in mental health communities; arts-based methodologies, comics, and storytelling
Zahra Khimji Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, MA
Special Education
The role of executive function in adult readers' comprehension of science expository text; effect of Self Regulated Strategy Development reading interventions.
Hyuna Ki Curriculum and Instruction, PhD I am interested in critical literacy in secondary-level schools, especially how to raise students' critical awareness.
Amie Kim Psychology, MSc
Lifespan Health and Development
Self-regulation and language development in children.
Brooke Lagore Psychology, MSc Effects of social issues on physical health, life, meaning and suicidal ideation on adolescents and young girls
Julie Laliberté Child and Youth Care, MA Resistance, witnessing, arts-based community research
Ellery Lamm Writing, MFA A stage play centred around the mental health of teenage girls
Rashin Lamouchi Child and Youth Care, MA Impacts of migration on forced migrant youth
Nicole Legg Psychology, MSc
Predictors and trajectories of risky behaviours (i.e. disordered eating, suicidal ideations, nonsuicidal self-injury) in adolescents
SiMin Li Political Science, MA Digital humanity, identity of ethnic Chinese and International relations in Asia Pacific
Jemma Llewellyn Theatre, PhD
Applied Theatre
Digital media literacies and youth sexuality, arts-based research through youth theatre and curriculum pedagogies
Shelby Logan Psychology, MA
Social Psychology
Nature and well-being, existential psychology, motivation, positive psychology
Alyx MacAdams Social Work, MSW Trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit children and youth; supportive parent/caregivers; social citizenship; self-determination
Ana MacLeod Child and Youth Care, MA An autoethnography of reclaiming my Indigeneity
Myles Maillet Psychology, PhD Self-regulation, motivation, goals, statistics, research design
Tanya Manning-Lewis Curriculum and Instruction, PhD The challenge inner-city youths in colonized societies face with language, identity and place in school
Renay Maurice Sociology, MA Analyzing child support enforcement programs in Canada to develop recommendations that will inform policy changes
Brendan Micetich Psychology, Bachelor's Community-based research with a focus on mental health and emotional support
Jason Miller Sociology, PhD Supporting youth leadership and inter-generational alliance building in Canada's climate justice movement
Amy Mills-Guest Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, PhD
Leadership Studies
The impact of servant leadership practices on positive resiliency in elementary school children
Shantelle Moreno Child and Youth Care, MA Arts-based community-engaged research with Indigenous and racialized girls, young women, and youth of all genders
Addison Mott Child and Youth Care, MA Environmental psychology, counselling room design, ecopsychology, child and adolescent mental health, wilderness therapy
Laleh Mousavi Educational Administration & Leadership Studies, MA Critical consciousness about social issues, transformation, LGBTQ issues, international students
Emily Nichol Social Dimensions of Health, MA Childhood trauma and addiction, violence/trauma-informed approach to care, substance use services for pregnant and parenting women, stigma reduction
Patricia Obee Child and Youth Care, MA Physical environments that afford risky play in early childhood educations settings and the impacts of risky play on physical activity and well-being or children ages 3-4 years old
Summer Okibe Law, LL.M. Indigenous Peoples rights to Aboriginal title and human rights of children and women
Drexler Ortiz Psychology, MSc
Clinical Lifespan
Religiosity and religious identity of immigrant youth and families post-migration
Tiffany Patterson Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, MSc
Childhood and adolescent obesity prevention, physical activity and nutrition literacy
Christina Perkins Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, Master's in Special Education Early intervention, inclusive education, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, and supporting diverse student needs
Lauren Petersen Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, MA Social Justice, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and Indigenous culture through the arts
Jen Poole Education, PhD Special education, teacher education
Julie Prud’homme Psychology, PhD, Clinical Psychology Mental health risk and resilience in LGBTQ+ youth and emerging adults
Cindy Quan Psychology, PhD, Clinical Psychology Research interests include using community-based research approaches to examine the intersection of family systems, culture, and mental health as well as mental health service delivery. ​

Kisten Quistberg

Psychology, PhD
Clinical Psychology
Young children’s development of social understanding and self-regulation skills

Saman Rahimi

Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, MA Increasing creativity in youth students by the help of new teaching strategies

Christina Robillard

Psychology, MSc
Clinical Psychology
The impact of interpersonal relationships on risky behaviours (e.g., substance use, disordered eating, suicidal behaviours) in adolescents

Brad Rudner

Child and Youth Care, MA Effects of excessive screen time on youth mental health and its mitigation through nature connection

Monica Slobozianu

Psychology, MA Motivation in sport, exercise and health

Pauline Song

Psychology, MSc
Clinical Psychology
Childhood trauma and abuse, intrafamilial relations, cultural context and family relationships, intimate partner violence and effects on children, prevention and intervention for childhood trauma and abuse, policy implementation

Tom Spence

Psychology, MSc
Mindfulness meditation, quiet ego, wellbeing, optimal functioning

Meaghan Storey

Curriculum and Instruction, PhD Social and emotional learning in the classroom curriculum, particularly in language arts at middle/secondary levels
Joelle Taknint Psychology, PhD Cultural influences and psychological stressors such as discrimination's effects on identity development
Chelsea Thomas Curriculum and Instruction, PhD
Social, Cultural, and Foundational Studies
Student wellbeing and school climate/composition, connection-based teacher education, trauma-informed teacher education, ACEs, sexuality education, child honouring, emotions and learning and human interdependency
Debra Torok Psychology, PhD How forced migrant youth in Malaysia and Thailand construct their identities and future aspirations
Christopher Tse Social Work, MSW How forced migration informs refugee youth sense of identity development and future aspirations
Elizabeth Tuinstra Curriculum and Education, Master's in Music Education Music education, non-Western music education, cultural identity, decolonization, curriculum change, culturally responsive music education
Róisín Unsworth Sociology, PhD Violence, substance use & pathways to resilience among street-involved young women
Hector Vazquez Cordoba Education, PhD
Curriculum and Instruction
Music education/Indigenous perspectives through music education in elementary and secondary school curriculum
Paul Vincent Social Work, Indigenous Specialization, MSW Indigenous child welfare, children and youth, Indigenous feminist theories, and art-based methodologies.
Mattie Walker Social Dimensions of Health, PhD Trans, two-spirited, and non-binary health, trauma and violence support, and mental health practitioner education.
Jeremy Wintringer Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, PhD LGBTQ ally training programs offered by post-secondary institutions in the U.S. and Canada
Ryan Wong Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Specialization, PhD Neurodevelopmental trajectories of higher-order cognitive functions, particularly executive functioning or self-regulation.
Chris Wright Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, MSc
Early years, elementary school, physical activity, physical literacy, confidence, movement, movement competence
Rongxin Zhang Pacific and Asian Studies, MA Community-based child welfare system in contemporary China.

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