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Overall, my research interests focus on the relationship between early experience and later life, and how children cope with major life challenges and transitions.

Areas of interest include life span human development; socialization and social development; self-concept; social cognition; family relations; child abuse; theory, policy, and practice connections; prevention and human services delivery; school-community interface; history and systems; evaluation research; qualitative methods.

My most recent research conducted through the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre—the research unit at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto—has been supported by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.

I also collaborate frequently with Dr. John Lewko, Director and Professor at the Centre for Research in Human Development at Laurentian University.