Our research focuses on risk factors for youth substance misuse and mental health problems. We aim to understand why early onset substance use is so highly concurrent with other mental health concerns and future addiction.  We also apply our research findings to develop new prevention approaches targeting identified risk profiles.   We study environmental factors, genetic factors, and use computerized assessments and neuroimaging tools to measure functional brain development during  the adolescent period. Our youth advisors assure that our research addresses issues and uses methods that relevant and appropriate for youth.


The purpose of the pan-Canadian and CIHR-funded Emerging Health Study (EHT) research project is to provide additional evidence and develop guidelines for the treatment of opioid-related disorders in youth (ages 15-25) and to promote prevention and early intervention with newer users and youth at-risk of opioid use.

International Collaborations