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

Our studies involve students at the University of Waterloo as well as children, youth, and adults in the local community who generously volunteer to participate in our work.

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 (, for more information and/or to participate.