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APHD’s Diverse Research Highlighted at 2nd Annual Event

December 13, 2017

Earl Woodruff, Chair of APHD, enjoys the research gala with APHD faculty Charles Pascal

The Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development (APHD) hosted the second annual Research Gala this Monday, December 11th. The event, aimed at showcasing the active research occurring in the department, was attended by members of the OISE community including students, faculty and staff members, and OISE Dean Glen Jones. OISE’s 12th floor was transformed into a research gallery, decorated with academic posters and interactive stations from APHD faculty and their labs.

APHD Associate Chair Katreena Scott says that the department had hosted a holiday party for years, but they wanted to try something new that would be well-attended and prompt collaborative research discussions.  "We decided to try something different, something that would bring in the larger group of faculty, students, staff and collaborators in APHD.  We love it!  Everyone gets a chance to catch up on the exciting projects that are ongoing in everyone's labs as well as catch up socially.  I had a great time and I walked away having learned a couple of new things."

Live musicians and a warmly-lit Nexus Lounge created a celebratory atmosphere for researchers and their professional networks to share the diverse and cutting-edge research that is happening in APHD.

"What a totally superb event  combining leading edge research conversations with a socially binding environment complete with some jazz and great food," says APHD faculty member Charles Pascal. "It made me feel extra proud of my home department." 

Christie Fraser accepts the Leithwood Award from Michele Peterson-Badali and Esther GevaIn an award presentation during the evening, the Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year was presented to Christie Fraser by the OISE Dean’s Office. The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional, stimulating, and cutting-edge research produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. Fraser’s doctoral thesis examined the early and later cognitive, linguistic, and reading profiles of English language learners who are at-risk for reading difficulties, which she completed under supervision of APHD faculty member Esther Geva.  

“The high caliber of doctoral research that is produced at OISE makes me feel very honoured to have been chosen for this award,” says Fraser. “I am incredibly grateful that my research is being acknowledged in this way.” 

The Department of APHD hopes the event will continue to grow next year.

See our event photo album here!

Becky Stewart
Communications Officer, APHD