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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.


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  1. Aug. 8, 2016What does science say about the persistence of childhood ADHD?

    ADHD was once believed to be a disorder of childood, which we now know is not the case. What predicts ADHD persistence? Our work, recently published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, provides some answers to this question (see also our 'Publications' page to download a copy of this manuscript). 

  2. May 25, 2016Graduate students present at APS

    Graduate students in the CAN Lab will be presenting their work at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, IL this week. Martyn Gabel will be discussing how emotional experiences may have a negative or positive impact on our executive skills depending on how emotional we are in general. Tamara Rosner will be discussing how our executive skills and personality traits  uniquely influence how we accomplish the goals that we set for ourselves in everyday life. 

  3. Nov. 30, 2015The Record reports on our clinical trial for ADHD youth

    Our local news outlet, The Record, has reported on our clinical trial for youth with ADHD at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Click here to read the article.

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Attention moms: Help us learn more about family life

Parent and childrenWhat is this about? The CAN Lab is studying how parent-child behaviours may impact family life.

What will you be asked to do? The study is in two parts and involves the completion of questionnaires at home and tasks in our lab. Children also participate. 

What will you receive? All participants receive a gift card in appreciation of their time.

Click HERE for more information!