Christopher Lalonde

Christopher Lalonde

On leave to 30 Jun 2023

Office: COR A267

Ph.D. 1997 (British Columbia) joined Department in 1998

Area of expertise

Lifespan development, Cognition and brain sciences

My research focuses on cultural influences on identity formation and social-cognitive development. I am currently engaged in research projects that examine the role of culture in the health and well-being of Indigenous youth. In partnership with the Inter Tribal Health Authority, I am involved in a study of injury rates within First Nations communities on Vancouver Island. In collaboration with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, I am completing a project in Manitoba that examines culture and healthy youth development. At UVic, I helped to direct the LE,NONET Project that aimed to enhance the success of Aboriginal undergraduate students.

For more information, see my website.


  • Social-cognitive development
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous epistemologies and post-secondary education
  • Identity development

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Chris discusses his research on identity development within First Nations youth and how it relates to their well-being.

Representative publications

Lalonde, C.E. & Chandler, M.J. (2020). Cultural Continuity and Indigenous Youth Suicide. In M. Button & I Marsh (Eds.) Suicide and Social Justice: New Perspectives on the Politics of Suicide and Suicide Prevention. New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 53-70.

Allen, J. & Lalonde, C.E. (2020). Representations of natural environments, recurring characters and ways of living with the land in children’s retellings of First Nations oral narratives. Early Childhood Research Quarterly 53: 50-63.

Brussoni, M., George, A., Jin, A., Amram, O., McCormick, R., Lalonde. C.E. (2018). Hospitalizations due to unintentional transport injuries among Aboriginal population of British Columbia, Canada: Incidence, changes over time and ecological analysis of risk markers. PLoS ONE 13 (1): 1–18. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0191384

Hunt, S., Lalonde, C.E., & Rondeau, Y. (2010). Supporting Aboriginal student success: Report of the LE,NONET research project. University of Victoria.

Chandler, M.J. & Lalonde, C.E. (2008). Cultural continuity as a protective factor against suicide in First Nations youth. Horizons. 9(4), 13-24. [preprint]