The experiences of Indigenous school psychology trainees working with Indigenous communities

To date, there is little understanding of how to adapt school psychology practice to fit the needs of Indigenous populations. This project seeks to understand the current challenges that exist for school psychology practice with Indigenous peoples and what changes are needed to advance the practice. By completing autobiographical studies, Indigenous master’s students-in-training who will be working with First Nations communities and Indigenous students are uniquely positioned to consider how school psychology can better serve the interests of their people.

Active children today, healthy adults tomorrow: Getting serious about physical activity and physical literacy in our schools

As the intern, I will be taking on specific components of this evaluation as my own research contribution. These select components form the research project for which we are seeking Mitacs funding.

Co-creation of a comprehensive support pathway for the learning and mental health needs of youth in care

Research has illustrated the significant challenges that youth in care often face in meeting their education goals and in managing their mental health and well-being. Specifically, a subset of these transitional aged youth, often referenced as “NEET” (youth not in employment, education, or training) often face significant challenges to meeting their subsequent educational or occupational goals in early adulthood.

The current project aims to increase understanding on the current challenges and opportunities in supporting the learning and mental health needs of these youth in care.

Expanding Web-Based Educational Opportunities for Canadian Students in STEM

The closure of schools across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed significant gaps in educational provision. In addition, K-12 teachers have had difficulty finding learning resources related to the programs they are responsible for teaching. When students fall behind in school, they develop a learning gap with their peers. Learning gaps are relatively common and invariably require, at some point, a strategy to help the student catch up.

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) Research Hub: Synthesizing the last decade of Canadian research on specific learning disorders

The objective of this project is to develop a user-friendly, online database of Canadian research that directly relates to Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), and provide research report synthesizing the contents of the research hub to date. This project will benefit Canadians, as it will provide stakeholders involved with SLD easy access to information.

An exploratory study of Asian International Students‘ experiences in Ontario Schools

A rapid increase in the number of Asian international students attending K-12 schools has led to the investigation of the complex, multi-layered aspects of the life experience and needs of Asian international students in Ontario schools. Working closely with View-Wide International Education Group and using multiple case studies, this study will explore the factor of facilitating their transition and articulate the nature and challenges of Asian international students’ experiences in adjusting to new school settings in Ontario.

COVID-19 Teaching and Learning Transition Project

As people and institutions around the world are incurring the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, education has felt a large blow.

Do socio-demographic and parenting factors moderate the impact of the HIPPY program on children’s school readiness?

The purpose of this project is to assess the impact of a home-based education program for preschool-aged children called the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). This program aims to increase school readiness of children deemed educationally “at-risk” by reason of family poverty, parent education levels, family isolation, settlement issues, and/or English language skills. 13% of HIPPY participants are refugees, 70% are newcomers to Canada, and 12% are Indigenous.

Positive Youth Development and Youth Sports during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The goal of the project is to understand how athletes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through online surveys and interviews, the researchers hope to learn about the way
the pandemic. They also want to know what athletes are doing to cope and how their families and coaches are supporting them. Study findings will guide the partner organization in their development of holistic recommendations and automated tools optimized through artificial intelligence.

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