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Adolescence is a time of change… it 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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AHL’s Tania Bartolo, PhD and Mari Del Casal, BA Graduate!
AHL’s Tania Bartolo, PhD and Mari Del Casal, BA Graduate!
Tania Bartolo and Mari Del Casal have graduated from Simon Fraser University, earning a PhD and BA, respectively. Please see below for Dr. Bartolo's dissertation...
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Dr. Moretti will be presenting at the Quebec Committee for Youth with Behavioural Difficulties (CQJDC) Conference in April 2018
Dr. Moretti will be presenting at the Quebec Committee for Youth with Behavioural Difficulties (CQJDC) Conference in April 2018
Dr. Marlene Moretti will be presenting at the 7th Biennial Conference of the Quebec Committee for Youth with Behavioural Difficulties (CQJDC) this upcoming April, 2018. Please see...
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The Adolescent Health Lab presents at the International Attachment Conference 2017
The Adolescent Health Lab presents at the International Attachment Conference 2017
The Adolescent Health Lab presented at the 2017 International Attachment Conference in London. Dr. Marlene Moretti presented on Connect; please see below for her talk...
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Keynote Address by Dr. Moretti – Lighting the Way Conference May 11th, 2017
Keynote Address by Dr. Moretti – Lighting the Way Conference May 11th, 2017
Lighting the Way: Attachment Through the Years  Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, May 13, 2017 (All day) Dr. Marlene Moretti will be providing...
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Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health lists Connect in their Evidence In-Sight report
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...
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AHL will be presenting at the Prairie Child Welfare Symposium on October 26, 2016
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...
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