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Black and White Students

About Us

We are a group of researchers in the Department of Psychology at York University and the University of Victoria. Our goal is to collect survey data from teens and their parents across Canada to understand how COVID-19 is affecting their mental health and family functioning. We will use this information to inform policy, provide feedback directly to teens and their parents, and help our clinical partners understand how to best help Canadian youth and their families.


Stephanie Craig, PhD, C.Psych

Principal Investigator

Dr. Stephanie Craig is the principle investigator for the Teens @ Home project.  She is a post-doctoral fellow and clinical psychologist at York University.  Dr. Craig’s research focuses on understanding the development and treatment of teens who struggle with mental health difficulties. Specifically, she is interested in the different pathways and protective factors for mental health difficulties including the parent-child relationship, and the development of effective affect regulation strategies.

Megan Ames, PhD, R.Psych

Principal Investigator

Dr. Megan Ames is a co-Principal Investigator on the Teens @ Home project. She is an assistant professor at the University of Victoria and a registered psychologist. Her research interests are in how mental health influences health behaviours in teens.


Debra Pepler, PhD, C.Psych

Co- Principal Investigator

Dr. Debra Pepler is a co-Investigator on the project.  She is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University, an officer of the Order of Canada, and Co-Founder of PREVNet.  Her current research examines aggression and victimization among adolescents with a focus on the processes related to these problems over the lifespan. She has been honoured for this research with a Contribution to Knowledge Award from the Psychology Foundation of Canada, the Educator of the Year Award from Phi Delta Kappa (Toronto) and a Senior Research Fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.

Carl James, PhD


Dr. James is a Professor and the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora in the Faculty of Education at York University. His research is on intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, class and citizenship as they shape identification/identity; the ways in which accessible and equitable opportunities in education and employment account for the lived experiences of marginalized community members; and the complementary and contradictory nature of sports in the schooling and educational attainments of racialized students.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, PhD


Dr. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a philosopher of science and post-doctoral fellow working on AI at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.  

His broad interests led him to be the inaugural Advisor in Innovation, Science and Competitiveness to the President of Haiti and Economist at the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He holds a MBA and is Chair at CARE for Internationally-Educated Nurses and is a Member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group at the Schulich School of Business. He is also a former Board Member at Groupe Média TFO and former Chair at Obsidian Theatre.

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Bianca Bondi, MA

Graduate Research Assistant

Bianca Bondi is a doctoral student at York University within the Clinical-Developmental Psychology Program, Clinical Neuropsychology Stream. She is a graduate research assistant for the Teens @ Home project. Bianca’s graduate research focuses on cumulative risk and protection, early intervention, and neurodevelopment in substance- and trauma-exposed infants and young children in the context of parent-child relationships.


Romina Noormohammadi, B.Sc

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Romina Noormohammadi is a 4th year undergraduate student studying honours Biomedical Sciences at York University. She is a research assistant for the Teens @ Home project. Romina is interested in investigating how COVID-19 has impacted familial relationships and youth mental health.

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Alexey Urusov B.A

Research Assistant

Alexey Urusov is a recent York Psychology graduate and is a research assistant for the Teens @ Home project. His research interests include childhood psychopathology, substance use, and psychotherapy outcomes.

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