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Research Highlights at APHD

Congratulations to APHD researchers Michel Ferrari, Chloe Hamza and Angela Pyle, and all other OISE recipients of SSHRC Insight Grants this year! 

APHD faculty Michel Ferrari, Chloe Hamza and Angela Pyle

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Lab Spotlight

Jenny Jenkins explains her research

Video: Jenny Jenkins - Research

Early vulnerabilities in children; the development of mental health problems in children and patterns of children's early learning

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APHD student Melissa Hunte Receives Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship

Melissa Hunte, DPE student, recipient of Connaught Scholarship

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Research at APHD

The Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development is home to a high concentration of counselling, developmental, school and clinical psychology research, led by faculty who are experts in their field. This year we are looking forward to developing large-scale international projects that address the emerging issues concerning mental health, well-being and education.

Kang Lee Lab - research in action


APHD faculty conduct research in a diverse range of areas related to human development and psychology. Explore our curiosity-driven questions and faculty profile pages to see research interests in our department.

Two APHD faculty members are currently Canada Research Chairs.


APHD students are highly engaged in faculty research labs through a variety of different roles, including Graduate Assistantships, Work Study positions, and Research Fellowships.


APHD faculty have active research labs and regularly present at prestigious academic conferences such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, the annual Canadian Psychological Association conference, and others.

Faculty also regularly participate in visiting scholar programs and deliver lectures across the globe.


Student engagement in faculty research labs yields very high success rates in securing external student awards and funding

This year, student award recipients include Mark Wade, Natania Marcus, and incoming student Melissa Hunte.


Our faculty have an impressive list of awards and achievements. This year, professor Angela Pyle received the Early Education & Child Development Early Research Career Scholar Award at the AERA conference.

Read more about our faculty accolades here


Please see our APHD faculty profile pages and the OISE Bookshelf for a sample of publications by our talented faculty.

In 2018APHD faculty received three of 12 SSHRC Insight Grants awarded to OISE scholars.

Each winter, APHD hosts a Research Gala to share and celebrate ongoing researchx.

APHD faculty research poster at the annual Research Gala

Canada Research Chairs

Three APHD faculty members are currently Canada Research Chairs:

Abby Goldstein (Tier 2 Chair)

Kang Lee (Tier 1 Canada Research Chair)

Jeffrey Ansloos

The Canada Research Chair Program is a permanent program created by the Government of Canada to establish research professorships in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. Chairholders improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work. Tier 1 Chairs are outstanding researchers, acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.Tier 2 Chairs are exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

Early Childhood Research at the Jackman ICS Lab School

Research Centres

APHD is affiliated with a number of OISE's research centres & institutes. These centres expand our reach to effect positive change through the study of child development and help to inform public discourse, public policy and the professional learning of those who work with young children.

Atkinson Centre logo The Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development promotes research on child development, and the development of early learning policy and practice that serve young children and their families. Central to the work of the Atkinson Centre is the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion in its research agenda.
CDCP logo The Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to research and development of multicultural and diversity issues in counselling and psychotherapy, focusing particularly on the stigmatized social identities of gender, race, sexual orientations, class, disabilities, religion, and age.
Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre The Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is dedicated to the support of applied multidisciplinary research in child development. It is an integral part of the Institute of Child Study’s mission of integrating research, graduate/teacher training, and exemplary elementary education in the ICS Laboratory School. Current research is aimed at understanding children and innovative programs to support their education and development.
Jackman ICS logo

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study brings together graduate teacher education through the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education (MA-CSE) program, exemplary educational practices for the Laboratory School children in nursery to Grade 6, and multidisciplinary research in child development at the endowed Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Research Centre.


APHD Leithwood Award recipient Christine Fraser, 2017

Faculty Research Questions 

Explore the curiosity-driven questions that our faculty address in their research:


Jeffrey Ansloos

Jeffrey Ansloos:
How do we decolonize Indigenous mental health and education?


Anne Claude Bedard

Anne-Claude Bedard:
How do we help individuals with ADHD, old and young, improve their memory and concentration?


Charles Chen
Charles Chen

How are personal meanings influencing your life-careers?

Xi Becky Chen

Becky Chen:
How are Syrian refugees coping in Canada?

Todd Cunningham

Todd Cunningham:
How do we best identify and support students with learning difficulties?

Michel Ferrari

Michel Ferrari:
Who is living the best life, and how can we educate ourselves to attain it?

Patricia Ganea

Patricia Ganea:
How is childhood learning shaped by the ideas they hold, the language they hear, and the media they experience?

Esther Geva

Esther Geva:
What's so special about learning to read in a second language?


J. Roy Gillis

J. Roy Gillis:
Why are only certain identities targeted for bullying in our schools, and what can we do to eliminate this bullying?


Abby GoldsteinAbby Goldstein: 
How do parents influence the risky behaviours and healthful habits of their children as they transition into adulthood?
Chloe Hamza

Chloe Hamza:

How can we help emerging adults cope with stress in academic settings?


Eunice Eunhee Jang

Eunice Eunhee Jang:
Can improved assessment meas-ures and methods suggest learning pathways that help students achieve and surpass their potential?

Jennifer Jenkins

Jenny Jenkins:
Why do some family relation-ships work better than others? Can we train children and parents in greater empathy?

Steven Katz

Steven Katz:
How do system leaders learn to answer these two important questions:  "Am I getting better?" and "How do I know?"


Kang Lee

Kang Lee:
When and why do young children learn to tell lies? And, why do very young children become racially biased and how can we reduce it?

Rhonda Martinussen

Rhonda Martinussen:
How does a student’s ability to focus, organize, plan, and complete academic tasks affect motivation in the classroom?

Roy Moodley

Roy Moodley:
How can Global South Psycho-logies be integrated into Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Charles Pascal

Charles Pascal:
How can we put research into policies that improve outcomes for children?

Jan Pelletier

Janette Pelletier:
What long-term impact does early years policy (such as two-year full-day kindergarten) have on children’s learning and well-being, on parents and on educators?

Michal Perlman

Michal Perlman:
What makes early childhood education and care programs good for children and families, how can we measure that quality and what can governments do to improve it?

Michele Peterson-Badali

Michele Peterson-Badali:
What are the most effective ways to support the rehabilitation of youth involved in the criminal justice system?

Angela Pyle

Angela Pyle:
How does play support children's learning and development?

Margaret Schneider

Margaret Schneider:
Why do humans derive so much benefit in terms of health and well-being from their companion animals?

Katreena Scott

Katreena Scott:

How can we ensure children live in homes free of abuse, neglect and domestic violence?

Lana Stermac

Lana Stermac:
How does sexual violence on campus impact on women’s learning and education?

Richard Volpe

Rick Volpe:
What is the relationship between early experience and later life outcomes?

Jeanne Watson

Jeanne Watson:
What are the factors that help people change through psychotherapy and what role does emotions or a positive relationship with the psycho-therapist play in producing change? 

Dale Willows

Dale Willows:
How has use of the internet and social media changed teachers’ professional learning?

Earl Woodruff

Earl Woodruff:
How are moment-to-moment emotions influencing the learning process?