Faculty Contacts

Department of Child and Youth Studies

Faculty Contacts

Current Professors

Heather Chalmers
Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviour; Gambling; Resilience; Development of Gambling Problems; Predictors of Gambling Involvement; Risk and Protective Factors; Gender Differences in Risk-taking Behaviour; Decision-making Processes in Risk-taking
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Maureen Connolly
Stressed Embodiment (including disability, strength training and conditioning); Disability Studies; Pedagogy and Curriculum; Organizational Culture; Policy and Leadership Development; Semiotic Phenomenology
Professor, PEKN
Cross-appointed with CHYS

Maurice Feldman
Child Maltreatment; Parenting; Behaviour Disorders; Autism; Developmental Disabilities. Expert in parenting by persons with learning difficulties
MC A236
905-688-5550 Ext. 4894
Cross-appointed with CHYS

Jan Frijters
Motivational, Volitional, and Relationship Factors on Children's Learning; Interface between Academic Skills and Non-cognitive Determinants of Skill Growth; Reading; Reading Difficulties
Associate Professor

Dorothy Griffiths
Clinical Issues Regarding Dual Diagnosis (persons who are developmentally disabled and have mental health issues); Sexual Abuse and Offence; Aggression and Self-injury, and Social Skills Training with Persons with Developmental Disabilities; Human Rights and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
CRN 330
905-688-5550 Ext. 4069

Zopito Marini
Bullying, victimization and intervention strategies; Cognitive mechanisms and social processes underlying the development of sociocognitive abilities; Mediating and moderating factors in children's adjustment and self-regulation; Bullying and developmental disabilities; The development of conscience and moral emotions; and Exploring the link between bullying and classroom incivility.
CRN 332
905-688-5550 Ext. 3178

Voula Marinos
Crime, Sentencing, Punishment for both Young and Adult Offenders in Canada; Non-custodial Punishments; Public Attitudes Towards Sentencing and Punishment; Reforming the Sentencing Process
Associate Professor

John McNamara
Children with Language and Learning Disabilities; Early Identification and Prevention of Reading Problems; Neurological and Environmental Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Dyslexia; Developmental Health of Children with Reading Disabilities
CRN 346
905-688-5550 Ext. 3835

Lauren McNamara
School Engagement, Technology in the classroom, Motivation, Innovation in the school, and Noninstructional aspects of school and their Impact on Development and Learning (e.g. recess).
Assistant Professor
CRN 329

Richard Mitchell
Theoretical, Social, and Legal Constructions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; Human Rights Theory, Policy, Law and Practice; Citizenship and Social Policy Discourses for Young People; Transdisciplinarity in Theory and Methodology; Critical Social Pedagogy; Participatory action, ethnographic and grounded theory approaches to research with Children and Young People; Sociology of Childhood; Sociology of Human Rights; Autopoietic Systems Theory
Associate Professor
CRN 352
905-688-5550 Ext. 5085

Shannon Moore
Restorative justice practices in education, justice and community settings; International standards for justice and human rights; counselling psychology, mental health and well-being; critical pedagogy; intersectionality; transdisciplinary praxis; qualitative methodologies
Associate Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies

Tom O'Neill
Transnational Labour Migration; Ethnographic Research Methods; Cross Cultural Study of the Economic Uses/Abuses of Children and Youth; Constructs of "Modern" Childhoods; Discourses of Children's Rights; Transnationalism and Globalization; Children and Youth in war zones
Associate Professor
CRN 343
905-688-5550 Ext. 3110

Frances Owen
Teaching and support of Human Rights for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities; Resource Allocation and Service Access in Families of Preschool Children who have Communication Delays; Systemic Issues in Clinical Practice; Prevention of Abuse and Promotion of Human Rights in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities; Nature and Development of Organizational Citizenship Behaviour in Counsellors and other Helping Professionals
CRN 328
905-688-5550 Ext. 4807

Shauna Pomerantz
Sociology of Education; Girls' Studies; Youth Cultural Studies; Popular Culture; Moral Panic; Media Analyses; Post/Feminisms; Identity/Subjectivity; Postmodern; Poststructural, and Postcolonial Theories; Social Justice; Critical Pegagodies; Qualitative Research Methodologies
Associate Professor
CRN 331
905-688-5550 Ext. 5371

Rebecca Raby
Critical, Post-structural and Feminist Theory; Discourses of Childhood and Adolescence; Gender and Sexuality in Childhood and Youth; Peer Cultures; Social Inequality; Governance and Regulation of Children and Youth; Resistance; School Rules; Children's Participation and Activism; Children and Work; Qualitative Methods and Methodologies
CRN 340
905-688-5550 Ext. 3172

Hans Skott-Myhre
Globalization; Radical Youth Work; Youth Subcultures; Philosophy of Child and Youth Studies; Body Practices and Creative Force of Childhood and Youth; Children,Youth, and Popular Culture; Qualitative and Ethnographic Research Methods; Post-colonial/Post-Capitalist Subjectivity
Adjunct Professor

Kathy Skott-Myhre
Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating; Attention Deficit Disorder; Spirituality; Wellness Psychology; Anxiety Disorders; Hypnotherapy; Street Youth; At Risk/High risk Youth; Youth Subcultures
Adjunct Professor

Christine Tardif-Williams
Parent-child relationships, attachment and conflict; The role of companion animals in the lives of children and youth (e.g., the child-animal bond and animal/child abuse, empathy, mental health and coping, and disabilities and therapy); Child maltreatment; trauma and abuse in the lives of children and youth; The impact of acculturation on family relationships
Associate Professor

Danny Tarulli
Sociocultural Foundations of Development (e.g., Vygotsky); Dialogical, Narrative and Hermeneutical Approaches (e.g., Bakhtin, Gadamer); Theoretical and Meta-Theoretical Issues in Child and Youth Development; Self and Identity Development; Individual Agency; Children's Play; Child and Youth Rights; Rights and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Associate Professor
CRN 327
905-688-5550 Ext. 4513

Ayda Tekok-Kilic
Developmental neuroscience/
neuropsychology; working memory (WM) development; anxiety disorders in children and youth and how anxiety affects mental functioning; socio-cultural influences on cognitive processes (social neuroscience)
Associate Professor
CRN 349
905-688-5550 ext. 3937

Tricia Vause
IBI for Children/Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Assessment and Treatment for Children and Youth with other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (e.g., intellectual disabilities, ADHD); Discrimination Learning/Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA) Test; Stimulus Equivalence; Parent and Staff Training; School Consultation; Program Evaluation
Associate Professor
CRN 350
905-688-5550 Ext. 3559

Tony Volk
Developmental Evolutionary Psychology; Parenting; Development of Parenting; Child Facial Cues; Scholastic Outcomes; Bullying & Victimization; Cultural and Social Influences on Parent-Child Relationships
Associate Professor
CRN 347
905-688-5550 Ext. 5368

Terry Wade
Social Determinants of Health Across the Life Course; Disadvantaged Populations
Professor, Health Sciences
Cross-Appointed to CHYS
STH 317
905-688-5550 Ext. 4146

Dawn Zinga
Children's and Adolescents' Perceptions of Multiculturalism; Multiculturalism and Education; Discourses on Child and Youth Rights; Acquired Brain Injury in Educational Systems; Children's Artwork and Narratives; Teen Mother's Interactions with their Infants, Attitudes Towards Mothering, and their Hormonal Profiles
Chair and Associate Professor
CRN 325
905-688-5550 Ext. 3152