Margaret McBeath is a graduate student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in issues related to psychological and health outcomes of university students and believes that co-operative education plays a pivotal role in student experience and outcomes. Her research has contributed to a greater understanding of the psychological outcomes for students who participate in co-operative education, specifically related to tacit knowledge, self-efficacy, and self-concept. She is currently working on a project that is examining the impact of sense of belonging, peer support, and social media use on the mental health and well-being of co-operative education students. This project has involved both qualitative (focus groups) and quantitative (large scale survey) methods. Based upon the findings, a peer support program was piloted at the University of Waterloo in winter 2016.

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