Research

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The LaMarsh Centre collaborates with community agencies to design cross-disciplinary research initiatives that matter.  Below find examples of our members' current and recently completed projects.

  • Making SPARX Fly in Nunavut:The Government of Nunavut, Department of Mental Health and Addictions, in collaboration with Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York University and Auckland University are proposing to run a pilot project to test the effectiveness of SPARX with Nunavut youth. The SPARX (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-Factor thoughts) computer program was developed by a team at Auckland University to assist youth to learn new skills that help to reduce symptoms of depression and/or stress. The pilot project will have three phases and will span from September 2014 to December 2016.
  • Evaluation of the Mapping Attributions of Parents (MAP) program
  • Parent-infant separation in trans-national families: Risk, resilience, and the needs of young immigrant parents.
  • The York Parenting Project: Identifying Factors that Lead to Risk and Resilience in Canadian Parents and Infants from Diverse Communities.
  • Extension for Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet). Networks of Centres of Excellence: New Initiatives.
  • Promoting healthy relationships for healthy development: Creating a community of evidence-based practice. Human Resources Skills Development Canada.
  • Chronic pain management group program benefits and the role of attention in outcome. Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience laboratory for theoretical and applied neuro-education research. Leaders Opportunity Fund, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
  • Enhancing cognitive flexibility and academic achievement through musical training. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • Identifying criminal and civil (family) justice system interventions that prevent suicide and femicide-suicides by estranged male partners and which promote parental collaboration between separated and divorced parents.  Justice Canada (PI Desmond Ellis)
  • Cognitive sophistication in rational thinking: Development and dissociations with cognitive abilities. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • Tai Chi for older adults: Improving physical and psychological health and identifying and overcoming cultural/ethnic barriers to participation. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • Trickle down effect? Exploring the influence of the Olympic Games on preschooler development and sport participation. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • An uneven playing field: Understanding relative age effects in sport. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • Assessing youth sport programs’ facilitation of positive youth development. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • Enhancing psycho-social development in youth living with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Junior Faculty Award, York University.
  • Understanding the experiences of a child star athlete from a developmental perspective: A longitudinal case study. Junior Faculty Award, York University.
  • Art therapy for Chinese Canadian breast cancer survivors in Toronto: a pilot study.
  • Food and Cancer: An educational program to fortify food literacy and safety.
  • Building a healthy and connected community (in collaboration with the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, Family Life and the Community Services of Ontario)