Current research opportunities


At any one time, there are usually several ongoing studies in the lab that converge on the topic of executive functioning. Examples include:

  • examining how childhood adversity may negatively impact the development of executive functioning
  • exploring whether difficulties with executive functioning place teens and young adults at increased risk for mental-health problems and engagement in health-risk behaviours
  • understanding how different emotional experiences influence one's ability to effectively use their executive skills
  • determining whether or not executive skills can be 'trained' with intervention programs

Some of our studies involve people in the community who generously volunteer to participate in our work. Current research opportunities are listed below.

The impact of parent-child behaviours on family life

The Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo is starting a study that aims to better understand how the behaviours of parents and children can impact family life. We are looking for mothers and children (aged 8-17) to participate. The study has 2 parts and involves the completion of questionnaires at home and tasks in our lab. Please contact our lab for more information ( or 519-888-4567 ext. 32053).