Welcome to the REACH Lab

Research within the REACH Lab focuses on child, adolescent and emerging adult mental health promotion and risk reduction. Our primary research interest is in the area of mood disorders with a focus on adolescent depression. Specifically, our program of research examines (a) the developmental trajectories of mood disorders from childhood to adolescence to emerging adulthood, (b) school-based mood disorder and violence prevention programs, and (c) community-based programs that address the mental health needs of diverse populations, mainly Aboriginal youth.

Our Values

We are committed to promoting decolonization, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our lab. We support and engage students from diverse backgrounds, including those with various personal, academic and research experiences. Our involvement includes participation in initiatives such as the Department of Psychology’s Research Experiences to Support Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) program, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA), Black Scholars Program in Psychology, and the Faculty of Health Experiential Education Office. We also collaborate with the Co-operative Education Work and Integrated Learning Program (CEWIL) to support Black students. Our research aims to explore emotion regulation across different equity-deserving groups including first-generation students and those involved in child welfare.

Please contact reach@yorku.ca for more information about any of the projects within the lab or potential research opportunities.