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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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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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AHL will present at the Heart-Mind 2016: Cultivating Resilience Conference
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...
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AHL presents at the Maples Research Day
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....
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Two-Year Findings from a National Effectiveness Trial: Effectiveness of Behavioral and Non-Behavioral Parenting Programs
Two-Year Findings from a National Effectiveness Trial: Effectiveness of Behavioral and Non-Behavioral Parenting Programs
Högström, J., Olofsson, V., Özdemir, M. et al. (2016). Two-Year Findings from a National Effectiveness Trial: Effectiveness of Behavioral and Non-Behavioral Parenting Programs. Journal of Abnormal Child...
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New Leader & Participant Statistics from Connect
New Leader & Participant Statistics from Connect
Between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, Connect facilitated the following, province-wide: 5 leader training workshops (Oct 2015, Jan 2016, Feb 2016, Mar 2016,...
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