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Rebecca Raby has seen many changes to the Department of Child and Youth Studies during her nearly 12 years at Brock.
Now the chair of the department, Raby arrived on campus in 2002, when the new master’s degree program was just getting started. She joined a small faculty of eight people but watched it grow quickly over the next four years, doubling in size in that time.
The new additions added depth and breadth to the new youth component of the department. Prior to 1998, the department’s focus was child studies with less room for investigating youth issues.
New hires also filled out the three streams of research defining CHYS: developmental psychology, exceptionalities, such as learning disabilities, and socio-cultural, including studying the diversity of experiences of young people.
“That was really a very exciting time of growth,” Raby recalled. “The leadership of (then-chair) Dorothy Griffiths and then Fran Owen was really great at modelling that we all pitch in to make the department successful.”