Our Lab

The PEERS Lab studies social and emotional development during childhood and adolescence. Our research primarily focuses on the development of socially and economically vulnerable children and adolescents and factors that enhance or undermine their resiliency. Read More


Past Projects

Alberta Collaborative

An interdisciplinary collaboration evaluating two evidence-based programs designed to support children’s healthy development. This project is funded by the Alberta Ministry of Health and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research (ACCFCR). Read more.

Beyond the Hurt

A collaboration with the Red Cross Western Division evaluating a school-wide approach to the prevention of peer bullying and promotion of healthy relationships in junior high and high school. This project is funded by ACCFCR. Read more.

Coaching Early Childhood Educators

An interdisciplinary collaboration examining how professional development support for early childhood educators improves instructional quality in early learning settings and nurtures young children’s school readiness and self-regulation skills. This project is funded by ACCFCR. Read more.

Early Experiences

A collaboration with ABC Head Start investigating how home and classroom characteristics support vulnerable children’s self-regulation and social-emotional adjustment across the early school years. This project is funded by the Killam Cornerstone Grant Program and the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) at the University of Alberta. Read more.