Child and Adolescent Research & Education

    • danielle185Dr.Danielle M. Law

      PhD, Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, The University of British Columbia

      MA, Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, The University of British Columbia

      BA Psychology, The University of Alberta

      I found my home at Laurier Brantford in 2012 and am very excited to be part of the growth and development of this vibrant, interdisciplinary and collaborative community. I spent most of my childhood and early adulthood in and around Edmonton, Alberta, where I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Alberta. In 2002, I made my way to beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia where I spent 10 years completing my graduate degrees (MA and PhD) and my post-doctoral work.

      I take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of children and youth. Broadly, I am interested in studying how children and adolescents develop cognitively and socio-emotionally as they interact and socialize using various technologies. With this in mind, my primary area of research focus has been in the area of cyberbullying and responsible Internet use. Key to my research, teaching and learning philosophies is my desire to connect academia with the community. In this vein, I strive to ensure my research informs the work I do with the community, while simultaneously allowing my work with the community to inform my research and teaching.

      The best part of my job is interacting with students and helping them to reach their desired goals. To successfully provide opportunities for growth, I have developed the Child and Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) Lab. Through CARE, students have the opportunity to participate in research projects, attend conferences, learn about different theories and research methods, and/or give talks and presentations to children, youth and the community.

      I am also available for thesis/dissertation supervision and welcome students who are willing to explore the social and emotional development of children, youth and emerging adults as part of their graduate work.

    • andrea185Andrea Culshaw

      I’m in my 2nd year of my Masters of Arts in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. My passion is to help people discover and live up to their potential! I also have two young daughters who are growing up into a world saturated with technology. I wonder how social media can spur youth to reach their potential, yet I’m aware that social media and cyberbullying can be a real threat to their relationships and mental health. I am dedicated to the goals of the CARE Lab; engaging in research and outreach to help youth deal with these important issues. I enjoy using my skills in idea generation, attention to detail and leadership development within the CARE Lab.

    • brianna185Brianna Dasilva

      I am a 4th year Human Rights and Human Diversity student completing a combined honours degree in Youth and Children’s Studies. I have been working on the research component of CARE labs for the past 3 years. I joined the CARE lab research team because I had an express interest in gaining transferable research skills and saw Dr. Danielle Law’s work on cyberbullying and internet use at the university level as a valuable research project. I have been involved in reviewing and editing survey instruments, developing online surveys, collecting data in classes, inputting data into SPSS, and conducting thematic data analysis. I look forward to continuing to work with the research team for the remainder of my final year!

    • kaitlyn185Kaitlyn Rumph

      I am currently in my third year of study at Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford Campus in the Bachelor of Youth and Children’s Study Program, with the intention of one day becoming a Child Life Specialist, but who knows where the path will lead me. This is my first year being a member of CARE and I became a member because I am passionate about helping others. CARE has allowed me the opportunity to share knowledge and reach out to others; making an impact on individual’s lives, whether it is big or small. The awareness CARE brings on social issues through outreach is very influential and has a positive impact on young lives, which I believe is beneficial throughout life. It is one of my favourite aspects of CARE. I love the community and positive environment that comes along with being a member of CARE and that it has furthered my knowledge in the Youth and Children’s Study field.

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      Kate Harvey

      I am currently in my fourth year at Wilfrid Laurier, studying Concurrent Education. I love being a part of CARE because I have the opportunity to promote awareness about bullying and offering information to help the victim, bully and bystander because its important to remember we all have our own story and struggle. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside, reading and playing with my cats!

    • Kennedy185Kennedy Wilkenshaw

      I am a second year Youth and Children student at Wilfrid Laurier University and I am a crazy pug lady! I joined C.A.R.E in my first year of school because I have a huge passion for mental health and cyberbullying. I wanted to do what I could to make a change and C.A.R.E is one of the ways I plan on doing it!

    • Kodey185

      Kodey Hewlett

      I have been part of CARE for three years now. I currently act as a CARE crew leader and am the Knowledge Mobilization Team Leader and Media & technology specialist. I am currently in the leadership program at Laurier as well as Human resources management at Conestoga. Anti-bullying and mental health awareness are my passions and what I spend pretty much all of my free time doing. I am also obsessed with pizza and Starbucks.

    • Laurel185Laurel Wyllie

      I am an RECE Mohawk graduate, fourth year Youth and Children’s Studies undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University. Looking to do a Masters in Social Work.

      This is my third year being a member of CARE. I remember my first year, first semester at Laurier and I had Dr. Danielle Law as my professor for a course. When she mentioned her work in researching and education on Cyber bullying my interests were sparked. Growing up I have always wanted to take care, and help those around me. Children and Youth are my core passion, and I have seen the harm of Cyber bullying first hand. I know the effect this new form of bullying has, and I wanted to diminish it the best way possible... empathy and education. This is my last year in my program, and I am looking to go into a postgraduate study in Masters of Social work or Masters of Child Protection. During this time I hope to continue my work with the CARE team and help use what research I am finding in my program.

    • lena185Lena Sousa

      I am a fourth year student at Wilfrid Laurier University within the Concurrent Education program with a double major in Society, Culture & Environment and History. Through my degree, I am also working on obtaining minor in psychology and religion. I am passionate about teaching, inspiring and motivating children to be all that they aspire to be. And I usually spend my free time either reading or sketching and painting. When I was a student in elementary and high school, I was quite often in the position of being bullied and/or being a bystander. If I could go back in time, there are so many aspects of this that I would try to change. And for this reason, I joined the CARE team to not only have a better understanding of my personal experiences but also to gain knowledge in how to prevent children and youth in today’s society from dealing with these same issues. And as a teacher, I wanted to further my expertise in knowing how to demonstrate preventative strategies to children and youth.

    • Care Assistants

      Afeez Smith
      Anna Kong
      Baylee Landriault
      Claudia Marmol
      Cole Norton
      Erica Matthews
      Kelsey Fernandes
      Lindsay Goudie
      Melissa McNaughton
      Natali Shufani
      Nick Denomey
      Nick LaNave
      Page Parson
      Rachel Halter
      Samantha Croteau
      Sara Menardi
      Vaarahi Rajakulendran