CANLAB LOGOThe Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Lab ("CAN Lab") is located in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Research in the lab focuses on the development of executive control, a collection of inter-related skills that promote purposeful, goal-oriented behaviour. Intuition tells us that executive skills play an important role in our ability to navigate the changing demands of our everyday environments (as when, for example, we are required to juggle competing demands for our time, shift priorities, and keep track of important information). Although much work has been done examining how executive control develops, our understanding of executive skills in children and adolescents is still limited. How is executive control organized during development, how do specific executive skills improve as children age, and why might these skills be important in a developmental context? These are some of the questions that our studies aim to address in the context of typical and atypical development. The overarching goal of the CAN Lab is to find ways of intervening with children to produce more positive mental health outcomes via interventions that strengthen executive skills.

  1. Apr. 23, 2021Doctoral student receives SSHRC award

    We are pleased to share that doctoral student Eleenor Abraham was receintly awarded a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. Congratulations Eleenor!

  2. Apr. 1, 2021MA student receives SSHRC award

    Congratulations to Master's student Fatima Wasif, who is the recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. Way to go!

  3. Mar. 26, 2021Trauma and mental health in children and youth: Student Eleenor Abraham publishes in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy

    This study, conducted with a community sample of children and youth, examined mental health concerns associated with exposure to relatively 'low' levels of interpersonal and/or accidental trauma. Our investigation demonstrates that although the prevalence of trauma is lower among children and youth in the general community compared with high-risk samples, the negative impact of these trauma experiences on their anxiety and mood remain significant.

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Looking for teens with ADHD!

We are now running online interviews with 13-17 year-old teens who have been diagnosed with ADHD to learn more about their goals and experiences. The interviews are 1-hour long and teens are given a $25 electronic Amazon gift card in appreciation for their time. For more information about this research study, please take a look at this flyer and contact the lead researcher, Mahsa Sadeghi (m9sadegh@uwaterloo.ca), for more information and/or to participate.