Current research opportunities


Studies in the lab converge on examining executive functions in development. Examples include:

  • examining how childhood adversity may  impact the development of executive function abilities
  • exploring whether difficulties with executive functions place children, youth, 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 function abilities
  • determining whether executive function abilities can be trained-up or supported through intervention programs

Our studies use complimentary research designs and methods with student volunteers at the University of Waterloo as well as children, youth, and young adults who are recruited from the community.