ReadLS – An online intervention for improved reading

In this research, we are designing and implementing a study to determine if and how, an on-line intervention
(ReadLS) works to help students with developmental dyslexia learn to read. The project involves reviews of the
academic literature on developmental dyslexia and of the more mainstream literature describing commercially
available reading interventions. Using this knowledge, the interns will design and implement a controlled study
to compare the learning associated with ReadLS to another commercial reading intervention.

Mobilizing the science of language and reading for volunteer tutors and parents

Calgary Reads is a not-for-profit community literacy organization that seeks to improve children’s lives by helping them become confident, joyful readers. The role of the intern is to create two knowledge mobilization products to share the science of reading with volunteers, parents, teachers, and other collaborators. Calgary Reads facilitated delivery of a tutoring program for 20 years. However, the program needs to be updated in the science of reading and available as a deliverable for training of volunteers both in person and online.

Identifying the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of the visible minority essential workers and their coping strategies

Canada has made an extensive effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite all effort, however, some populations were hit harder by the COVID-19. Visible minorities, who often include immigrants and refugees have been disproportionately exposed to and affected by the COVID-19. Especially, the visible minority essential workers who are crucial for the country’s infrastructure including healthcare, law enforcement sector, retail food, transportation, and others were affected the most. They have been reported being more anxious, depressed, and sadder than their non-minority counterparts.

Implementation of a Customized Platform for Patient Education and Embedding Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) in Enhanced Recovery after Robot-Assisted Surgery (ERA-RaS)

Lack of customized patient education leads to medical errors which are the third leading cause of death in North America. Most patients don’t fully understand the role they need to play before and after their surgeries for reasons like language barriers. They forget up to 80% of the information provided to them, and half of what is remembered is misremembered. It means there is a chance that surgeries won’t happen as planned. That’s dangerous for patients and can be frustrating and expensive for caregivers.

Building a Mindfulness-Based Community of Inquiry to Educate for Regenerative and Sustainable Living in Times of Crisis

The COVID pandemic and looming climate crisis have pushed people to become aware of our vulnerability and rethink our lives/lifestyles. This proposed research sees mindfulness as important in supporting school educators to educate for sustainable living in environmental crises. Mindfulness has gained a mainstream status in school-based programs for its benefits on teachers and students' wellbeing.

Restorative Action Student Support Analytics

In partnership with schools and community partners, the Restorative Action Program deals with bullying, physical violence, crime, mental health, substance abuse, suicide and self-harm – with programming delivered to over 8000 youth in Saskatoon schools.

Bridging the Gap: A Research Evaluation of a High School to Post-Secondary Preparatory Program for At-Risk and Underrepresented Groups

Mathstronauts’ NEXUS Program is a 12-week program in which grade 11 and 12 students from underrepresented groups gain fundamental technical skills in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and soft skills (time management, note taking, etc.) to support their transition into post-secondary education.

The Effect of Exercise-Induced Fatigue on Inter-Limb Asymmetries in Elite Youth Hockey Athletes

The aim of this research project is to observe the difference in function between the dominant and non-dominant lower limb in elite youth hockey athletes. Further, to observe how this difference is altered when the athlete is fatigued. Reducing or eliminating limb imbalances is thought to have a positive outcome on reducing injury risk, ensuring optimal development, and allowing for the greatest functional capabilities.

Technology therapy with MakerKids®: Supporting children’s socioemotional development with innovative STEM-based programming

Technological advancements have profoundly altered the lives of children and youth in the 21st century. While there are undeniable harms associated with excessive screen use, digital media has positively transformed how children learn, make friends, and interact with society. Research has firmly established the benefits of technology-based learning for young people’s reasoning and thinking abilities, and preliminary evidence also suggests that some digital media activities may improve children’s mental health.

A Virtual Network for Arctic Youth Mental Wellbeing

This project, a collaboration between the Arctic Youth Network (AYN) and Project CREATeS, is to create a virtual platform that supports suicide prevention in Arctic youth by building a virtual community, as well as to promote mental wellbeing through digital and creative media.
The proposed youth-led, community-based research agenda builds upon a successful grant completed in collaboration with the Arctic Council and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, from 2017-2019.