The SFU Child Research Group currently consists of four research labs interested in child development.
All Families Lab
Aims to understand how we can raise happy, kind, and resilient kids. Our research focuses on parents' and children's mindfulness, mental health, and the role of cultural factors in development. We are especially interested in adolescent development, spanning ages 9 to 17. We are currently recruiting for a number of projects, including:
The parenting experience
Grow to Care Lab
Aims to learn about what children and adolescents (ages 5-15 years) think, how they feel, and what they do in a wide range of socio-moral situations. With this work, we plan to develop strategies that parents and teachers can use to encourage youths’ kindness and positive peer relationships. We are not actively recruiting at the moment, but you can find out more about our current research here.
Language Learning and Development Lab
Studies language learning in infants, children, and adults. Current research projects include:
The "Jewel" Study
The "Basel" Study
Phonological Processing Lab
Focuses on child language acquisition and adult phonological processing. Using eye-tracking and artificial language learning, the lab examines speech processing and word recognition in real time. Current projects:
This series of studies examines the learning of complex sound patterns by adults and children. Specifically, we ask whether and how individual phonological patterns can be combined, and how that combination affects listeners’ ability to access lexical information.
We are not actively recruiting at the moment, but you can find out more about our current research here.