Adolescent Health Lab

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.

Announcements

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health lists Connect in their Evidence In-Sight report AHL Presented at the Prairie Child Welfare Symposium on October 26, 2016 AHL will present at the Heart-Mind...

People

The Adolescent Health Lab at Simon Fraser University is led by Dr. Marlene Moretti Ph.D., R. Psych, along with her post-doctoral fellow, graduate students and research assistants.

Research & Current Projects

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...

Connect Attachment Programs

is an evidence-based 10-week manualized group program for parents and alternate caregivers of pre-teens and teens who struggle with significant behaviour problems and mental health issues. Co-developed over the last 10 years by the Maples...

The Society for Emotions and Attachment Studies (SEAS) to host a virtual mini-conference on father-child attachment! June 24th & 25th, 2021

SEAS and the Special Interest Research Group on Father-Child Attachment and Relationships (SIRG-FCAR) are thrilled to host a virtual mini-conference on father-child attachment. The event will be held on Zoom on June 24 and June 25, 2021 from 8am – 12pm EDT. Learn more here.

New video testimonials from parents completing the Connect Program are now available!

Click here or on the image below to view video testimonials from parents who have completed the Connect Program through KVC Kansas. We are extremely grateful for the generosity these families have shown in sharing their experiences, thank you to all of the caregivers and practitioners that make this program …

UPDATE: CIHR Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery

Our project “Reducing Risk and Promoting Health Among Vulnerable Teens and their Families in the Context of COVID-19: A Multisite National and International Implementation and Evaluation Study”, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is currently underway! Our main goals are as follows: Mitigate the negative impact that …

Thank you to everyone who attended our eConnect Online Facilitator Training

We would like to thank everyone who was involved with our 6 half-day virtual facilitator training for eConnect online! We had an incredibly engaged group of clinicians from around the world learn how to facilitate both eConnect Online and in-person Connect. With trainees and supervisors joining us from South Africa, …

AHL will be presenting at Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Virtual Conference 2021

SRCD is an international, multidisciplinary, nonprofit professional association whose primary goal is to promote the understanding of child development through research and dissemination. Two posters, spearheaded by Sherene Balanji and Emily Thornton, will be presented by the AHL. The first is a psychometric evaluation of an Affect Regulation measure while …

AHL will be Presenting at ABCT’s 54th Annual Convention, November 2020

A systematic review investigating the association between parental depression, adolescent attachment, and adolescent mental health outcomes conducted by AHL member Sherene Balanji and Dr Marlene Moretti will be presented as a poster at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention taking place in Philadelphia, PA November 2020! …

Introducing eConnect Online!

The eConnect Online program is an adaptation that builds on the strong evidence of the broadly implemented in-person Connect program. We have adapted the program to be delivered online using a secure videoconferencing platform. This support caregivers from different locations to come together online for highly interactive and engaging sessions …