CHYS Applied Research Project

Department of Child and Youth Studies

CHYS Applied Research Project

A partial list of potential projects will be available by February 1st, and will be updated as new projects become available.

Heather Chalmers - Working with and understanding Young Carers

  • Since 2004, Dr. Chalmers has been working with several community-based agencies to understand the needs of Young Carers and to develop programs to address those needs. In 2008, the Powerhouse Project was opened to provide support to Young Carers. Dr. Chalmers continues to work with the Powerhouse Project to ensure the needs of Young Carers are most effectively being met. This project provides opportunities for involvement in program development, program delivery, program evaluation and research related to the impact of caregiving on development. 

Maureen Connolly

  • Theses based in SNAP ( Special Needs Activity Program) may be an empirical study using analysis of collected data from the program site and /or participants, may be conceptual / literature based, may be descriptive –interpretive—this depends on the student’s interests, disposition, and organizational and planning skills. Regardless of the approach and design, SNAP is an activity program for children, youth, teens and young adults with various disabilities, and offers developmentally appropriate, relevant and meaningful movement experiences in a Station Based Pedagogy approach. Students interested in exploring issues related to and /or experiences of children, youth, teens and young adults with disabilities, and in particular in active play contexts, will enjoy this type of thesis experience.

John McNamara

  • This applied research project represents a partnership between John McNamara's research team and the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region. As a research team member you will work with John and the LDANR on one of a number of possible applied projects. These include facilitating reading programs, delivering parent workshops, working on social-skills training. All of these possibilities will have you supporting children with learning disabilities. Your unique project will be decided upon after meeting with John and the LDANR. 

Lauren McNamara

  • The applied research project with The Recess Project involves working in an assigned school as a Research Assistant/program coordinator for innovative recess activities. There are a range of opportunities available, from planning and organizing recess activities, training university volunteers and grade school students, working with teachers and principals, teaching/encourage physical activity and prosocial skills, and collecting data.

 Fran Owen - Working with Youth to Develop a Sexting Awareness Program

  • Frances Owen and Pathstone Mental Health colleagues are examining sexting and its consequences in underage youth. The team has gathered information from youth and professionals about factors that contribute to sexting and ways to support youth who have experienced its consequences. The next step is to develop educational materials and strategies for professionals to use in their work with youth. If you are interested in working on this project, please specify in your application whether you have access to a car.

Christine Tardif-Williams

  • This applied project involves a collaboration between Dr. Christine Tardif-Williams’ research team and Therapy Tails Ontario. Together we are examining the potential impact of animals on measures of academic and social emotional success among children and youth within educational and counselling contexts. New members of this team will work closely with Dr. Tardif-Williams and can become involved in one of several possible applied projects including curriculum development (e.g., designing stories about animals to promote empathy and prosociality), program delivery and evaluation, working along side children, teachers/principals, and companion animals, and collecting and analysing data.

Dawn Zinga – DSBN Academy Youth Engagement Projects

  • This applied project opportunity is a partnership with the DSBN Academy. You will have an opportunity to work with Dr. Zinga, Academy staff, and Academy students to support academic opportunities and help Academy students develop a better understanding of higher education contexts. Possible projects include designing and/or supporting Encore (after school) programs, creating interactive workshops and creating opportunities for Academy students to interact with Brock faculty and students. You will have an opportunity to work as part of a research team. Most projects will be focused on working with students from grade six to grade ten. Your project will be determined based on your interests and through consultation with Dr. Zinga and DSBN Academy staff. For more information about the Academy, please visit their website (