APD1210HY is an elective course for full-time DPE MEd students. This course provides the opportunity to participate in a research project throughout the first year of the program for 0.5 course credit. 

As a student enrolled in APD1210HY, you will work closely with a professor (Faculty Supervisor) in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and become involved in original research. You can expect to learn research methods, share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge, and build continuing relationships with faculty members. 

Note: In the 2023-2024 academic year, this course will be taught/coordinatedsupervised jointly by Dr. Anne-Claude Bedard (Fall 2023 term) and Dr. Tracy Solomon (Winter 2024 term).

To be eligible for APD1210HY, you must:

  • Be a full-time DPE M.Ed. student
  • Be able to work in your Faculty Supervisor’s research lab for approximately eight to ten hours a week from September 2023 – April 2024 (this may take place online/remotely or on campus depending on public health recommendations and faculty preferences – please see placement information below)
  • Attend mandatory APD1210HY class seminars throughout the fall and winter terms - every other week on Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm Toronto Time.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 APHD Research Colloquium talks throughout the academic year - typically on the last Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm-2:30pm Toronto Time). These talks will take place online/remotely or on campus.

Research Practicum Placements 2023-2024

Please click individual project titles for more information about the placement, including a description of project and expectations of particiapting students.

Project Title Faculty Member Lab Website
Language and literacy Development of French lmmersion Children Becky Chen Chen Lab
Wise Life Management Michel Ferrari Wisdom and Identity Lab
Frame and Scope of Wisdom Michel Ferrari Wisdom and Identity Lab

Educating for Wisdom

Michel Ferrari Wisdom and Identity Lab

Imagination and reasoning in young children

Patricia Ganea Language and Learning Lab
Experiences of Black 2SLGBTQ+ People in Ontario J. Garrett-Walker I am Research Lab
Toward standardizing a test of higher order language Esther Geva

Geva Lab

Higher Order Language

How Cultural Beliefs and Attributions Mediate Parental Involvement in the Education of Children with Learning Difficulties: The Case of South Asian Immigrant Parents. Esther Geva Geva Lab
Responding to the Stigma, Fear, Discrimination and Misinformation Related to the COVID-19 Disease Outbreak: A Novel Analyses and Intervention for a Novel Coronavirus Roy Gillis COVID-19 Stigma 
Intimate Partner Violence Survivors’ Experiences in Counselling and Psychotherapy Ellie Gutowski Dr. Ellen Gutowski
Top 10 Most Common Student Misconceptions in Elementary Mathematics Zachary Hawes Zachary Hawes
Exploring the differential impact of school-based racial discrimination on psychological distress among immigrant-origin Black youth Linda Iwenofu  Power in Youth Lab
Anti-Black Racism and Mental Health in Higher Education: Perspectives of Current and Prospective Post-Secondary Students in a Canadian Context Linda Iwenofu  Power in Youth Lab
Supporting international graduate students for academic success and well-being Eunice Jang  Jang Lab

Supporting teaching and learning through technology-rich scenario-based assessment for young readers

Eunice Jang  Jang Lab

Impact of interrupted schooling on the development of neural systems for reading in resettled refugee children

Kaja Jasinska


Supporting children’s learning with home- and school-based interventions in communities with high risk of illiteracy and child labor. Kaja Jasinska BOLD Lab

Advancing quantitative research methodology in educational and psychological research

Feng Ji

Feng Ji

Emotional Engagement to Manga Stories Kang Lee Development Lab

Sleep Psychophysiology

Kang Lee Development Lab
Efficacy of Online and Technology-Based Delivery of Parenting Interventions: An Integration of Evidence  Michal Perlman Michal Perlman

Play-based learning in kindergarten classrooms 

Angela Pyle Play Learning Lab
Canadian Mental Hygiene Longitudinal Study LSAP Data Base

Richard Volpe

Richard Volpe

Adult Cognition, Resilience, and Experience Study  Mark Wade  The IDEA Lab
Facilitating the Process of Understanding in Real-time: A Machine Learning Approach  Earl Woodruff Emotions & Learning Optimization (ELO) Lab


How to Enroll

Step 1

Read available APD1210HY project descriptions in the chart above (see Research Practicum Placements 2023-2024).

Step 2

Enrol in APD1210HY for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Course selection begins at 6:00am Toronto Time on July 12, 2023 via ACORN. Note: spots for this course will be limited and enrolment will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Step 3

In July 2023, students who registered successfully in APD1210HY (as well as the first few students waitlisted for this course) will be contacted via email by one of the Course Instructors . They will be asked to complete an application form to indicate which Faculty Supervisor(s) they are interested in working with and to submit a resume/CV. The Course Instructor will review the applications and forward them along to the relevant Faculty Supervisors for review. Note: Please be sure to check your utoronto email address/voicemail regularly throughout July for this correspondence.

Step 4

In early August 2023, the Faculty Supervisors may contact those students they wish to meet and interview. Note: Please be sure to indicate your preferred email and telephone number on your application form for August interviews and please check your email and voicemail regularly during this time as there may be several rounds of interviews. If you cannot be reached during this time, you will not be considered for a research placement within this course

Step 5

By the end of August 2023, each student registered in APD1210HY will be notified by a Course Instructor if they have been matched with a research practicum placement and, if so, with who. Note: the Course Instructor will do her best to accommodate student preferences for research placements but may not be able to grant every registered student their first, second or even third choice. If a student was not matched to a placement, they will be asked to drop the course at this time.

Step 6

Students will have to sign an agreement (contract) with the Faculty Supervisor they have been placed with by the end of September 2023 regarding the agreed upon expectations for participating in the course.

Step 7

Beginning the first week of class, we will meet during in class time every other week during the fall semester to introduce students to working in a research environment (e.g., ethics, writing a proposal, performing literature reviews, etc.

Additional Information

Enrolling in APD1210HY normally requires working 8-10 hours per week on the research project and regularly attending your Faculty Supervisor’s lab meetings.

Evaluation of your performance in APD1210HY will be based on the following components:


Grade %

Due Date

Graded by

Research project proposal (2-3 pages written report or lab meeting presentation)


TBD with your Faculty Supervisor (must be completed by end of the Fall semester)

Faculty Supervisor

Lab Duties




December 9, 2022


April 6, 2023

Faculty Supervisor

APHD Research Colloquium Reports


1 week after the live colloquium attended

Course Instructor

In Class Participation



Course Instructor

Final Project Poster


April 6, 2023

Course Instructor




June 15, 2023

Research project descriptions and detailed course information will be available online.

Week of July 5, 2023

Fall/Winter course schedule becomes available online.

July 12, 2023

Fall/Winter course registration opens on ACORN.

July 12-21, 2023

Enrolled students will be contacted and asked to submit their CV and an application indicating their top three choices for research projects.

(Note: Enrolled students should check their utoronto email addresses/listed phone numbers regularly throughout July for this correspondence)

July 24 - August 11, 2023

Faculty research supervisors will be able to interview/meet with students interested in their research projects.

(Note: Students must indicate their preferred email addresses and telephone numbers on their application forms for August interviews and check them regularly during this time as there may be multiple rounds of interviews. If students cannot be reached, they may not be considered for a research practicum placement).

August 11, 2023

Deadline for faculty research supervisors to rank their student choices.

August 25, 2023

Registered students who have been matched will be informed which research project and supervisor they have been matched to. (Note: If a student was not successfully matched to a placement, they will be asked to drop the course at this time).

September 13, 2023

First in-class meeting of APD1210 (classes will take place every 2 weeks for September - November and again in March).

September 30, 2023

Deadline for student, course instructor and faculty research supervisor to complete research practicum contract.

December 1, 2023

Deadline for students to submit or present research proposal to faculty research supervisor (10%). Note: Actual date set by individual faculty research supervisors (may be earlier in the term).

December 8, 2023

Deadline for faculty supervisor to evaluate fall term lab duties (25% - rubric will be provided).

January 17, 24 & 31 & February 7, 2024 Individual student meetings with course instructor (to be scheduled).
March 6, 2024 Winter semester in class seminar
April 5, 2024 Deadline for student to submit final research poster (25%)
TBD Research Practicum Poster Showcase - student will present final research poster.

April 19, 2024

Deadline for faculty research supervisor to evaluate winter term lab duties (25% - rubric will be provided).


For more information and advice about APD1210HY Research Practicum, email Course Instructor Dr. Anne-Claude Bedard at ac.bedard@utoronto.ca.