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Dr. Linda Rose-Krasnor

The overall direction of my research program is to understand the development of social competence in children and youth, with a special focus on the roles of parents, peers, and activity involvement.


 I am a co-investigator in a large longitudinal study of the role of friendships and parent-child relationships in adolescence. In addition, as research director of the Centre for Excellence of Youth Engagement, I have been involved in studies focused on better understanding the process of youth involvement and strategies for promoting greater youth participation in activities and organizations. I have a particular interest in the role of youth engagement in the development of social competence and adjustment, especially among socially withdrawn youth.


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bosacki Dr. Sandra Bosacki
Sandra Leanne Bosacki is an Associate Professor in the Graduate and Undergraduate Department of Education at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Her teaching and research interests include sociocognitive, emotional, moral, and spiritual development within diverse cultural and educational contexts. She is a contributing associate editor of the International Journal of Children's Spirituality and is the author of the books entitled, Children's emotional lives: Sensitive shadows in the classroom (2008) and The culture of classroom silence (2005). She has puublished research papers in the Journal of Educational Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, Social Development, and Gender Roles: A Journal of Research.
Emily Thomas

I’m the Research Coordinator of the Youth Engagement Lab. I previously completed my honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Rose-Krasnor. In my thesis, I explored the incidence, nature, and perceived outcomes of shyness-changing events. In my future research, I would like to identify means of promoting positive development in children and adolescents, particularly as it relates to social competence.

Stoney McCart
Stoney is the Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, as well as the Director of the Students Commission in Toronto. The Commission is a charitable organization dedicated to creating and promoting opportunities for young people to learn and grow in a positive and safe environment.

Heather Woods

I am a Masters of Education student completing my thesis under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Bosacki. My research interests are in the areas of teachers’ beliefs and perceptions of social withdrawal and shyness, as well as their beliefs and perceptions about school bullying, and anti-bullying initiatives. My thesis is exploring elementary school teacher’s self-efficacy to intervene in bullying situations, as well as their theory of mind, self-concept, and beliefs about the schools anti-bullying initiatives and supports. Other research I am involved with explores teacher’s gendered perceptions of shy and socially withdrawn children.


Janet Goetz

I am a fourth year undergraduate student in honours psychology. I am currently working on my thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Rose-Krasnor. My thesis project is interested in looking at the advice given to parents about how to parent their socially withdrawn children. I am doing this by analysing parenting advice in popular parenting magazines. I would like to see what advice emerges from these sources, as well as how accurate the advice is to research literature on this topic.


Derek Hiemstra

My name is Derek Hiemstra, a fourth-year undergraduate honours student interested in doing an honours thesis on shyness with Dr. Rose-Krasnor. I am doing research on the information found by adolescents who are shy or who suffer from social anxiety. Of special interest to me  within psychological research are different methods of treating disorders and encouraging healthy, moral, and active minds. In my spare time, I enjoy seasonal sports, and writing short stories about life in the beautiful country of Canada.

Sarah Nafziger

I am currently a fourth year honors thesis student in the Social Development and Youth Engagement Lab. My current thesis project examines the relationship between parental stress and children’s emotional problems, and how shyness and youth’s positive psychological engagement in their activities may moderate this relationship.

Junru Zhao

Junru Zhao has finished her PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology and her dissertation investigated autonomy and relatedness in Mainland Chinese adolescents.












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