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Adolescence is a time of change…

Adolescence is a remarkable developmental period in which children are transformed neurobiologically, cognitively and interpersonally as they prepare for adult roles and relationships. The confluence of these diverse changes makes adolescence a “sensitive” developmental period, where vulnerability increases but opportunities for growth are also heightened.

In our lab we are interested in factors that increase risk and provide protection during pre-adolescence and adolescent development. Our work integrates research on both normative and atypical developmental trajectories with the goal of understanding how we can support healthy development and intervene during critical transitions to reduce risk. Over the past decade we have focused on understanding risk and protective factors among adolescent girls and boys at high risk for violence and victimization. Our eight-year longitudinal study with these teens has produced important findings on the complexity of their mental health needs, the social contexts that place them at risk and the personal and relational factors that buffer them from adversity.

We are strongly committed to knowledge translation, and the development of evidence based interventions to prevent and reduce risk. Together with community partners in mental health and education, we have developed, delivered and evaluated programs that provide important benefits to youth and their families and cost saving measures to society.

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Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health lists Connect in their Evidence In-Sight report

The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has listed The Connect Parent Group under their “Evidence In-Sight: Attachment based therapy for children, youth and families (ages 6-18)” report. The Evidence In-Sight report covers existing, evidence-informed interventions targeting parents of adolescents that focus on attachment principles. To access the report, visit the … Continue reading Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health lists Connect in their Evidence In-Sight report

AHL will be presenting at the Prairie Child Welfare Symposium on October 26, 2016

  On Wednesday October 26th, 2016 Dr. Moretti will be presenting at the 8th Biennial Prairie Child Welfare Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Reclaiming Connections Workshop will run all day (9 am – 3:30 pm). Please see below for her workshop description! Reclaiming Connections Workshop The development of culturally sensitive and safe parenting programs for … Continue reading AHL will be presenting at the Prairie Child Welfare Symposium on October 26, 2016

AHL will present at the Heart-Mind 2016: Cultivating Resilience Conference

The Adolescent Health Lab will be presenting at the 4th annual Heart and Mind Conference on October 22, 2016 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, BC. Abstract: Resilience through Relationships: Promoting Attachment Security in Adolescence A sense of security in relationships is a profound source of resilience. This is especially true in childhood and adolescence. … Continue reading AHL will present at the Heart-Mind 2016: Cultivating Resilience Conference

AHL presents at the Maples Research Day

The Adolescent Health Lab presented research at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre. Click the links to view the posters presented! Bartolo, T., & Moretti, M. M. (2011). Rejection sensitivity and aggression in adolescence: Examining the role of anger rumination. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, QC. Click … Continue reading AHL presents at the Maples Research Day

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