LaMarsh conducts applied research on domains that impact the health and well-being of children and youth, including children and youth at risk. We conduct interdisciplinary research in health, education, relationships and development of infants, children, adolescents, emerging adults and families everywhere. Our research focuses on:
- Research on children and youth, defined as the first two decades of the life span. The problems of youth are of broad concern not only to the academic community but also to society at large.
- Factors and conditions that place youth at risk for maladaptive outcomes, both physical and psychological. Risk factors of interest include ecological, social, behavioural and physical conditions that impede well-being. This focus includes applied research that investigates programs designed to prevent risky behavior, such as violence or HIV/AIDS risk.
- Programs that promote positive physical or mental health in youth. The scientific study of risk implies a complementary examination of factors which protect against risk and promote resiliency. LaMarsh faculty members are committed to research which promotes positive youth development.
There are a number of interconnected research themes with particular areas of member expertise:
- Physical activity and physical health
- Healthy relationship promotion
- Risk and resilience in marginalized and vulnerable youth
- (Neuro) cognitive development
- Childhood disability
- Child, youth and emerging adult mental health