Research Nodes

Social Policy and Planning

This node studies the role that communities and societies can have on influencing policy or programming that focuses on human development and well-being.

  1. Role of community
  2. Role of society
  3. Role of education
  4. Role of digital technology
  5. Role of community participation and participatory methodologies in relation to policy dialogue
  6. Art, healing, and social chang

Node Co-Directors: Shaheen Shariff | Ingrid Sladeczek

Functioning Across Lifespan

The development of an individual from multiple perspectives (e.g., cognitive, emotional, biological, physical, spiritual, recreational, and vocational development).

  1. Developmental milestone attainment
  2. Cognitive functioning
  3. Social expectations
  4. Physical functioning (health and disease)
  5. Development (emotional, biological, physical, spiritual, recreational, educational, vocational

Node Director: Neil Andersson

Family, Community & School, and Society

The individual within his/her context. More specifically, this axis will focus on relationships with parents, siblings, and family, as well as expectations (age, culture, gender-based) placed upon the individual within his/her community and society.


  1. Relationships (parents, siblings, family)
  2. Expectations of community & school, and society (age, culture, gender)
  3. Well-being of teachers and students.
  4. Relationship between teachers and parents
  5. Participation and civic engagement in relation to schools, communities and societies
  6. Addressing issues of safety and security
  7. Intergenerationality


Node Co-Directors: Jacob Burack | Jeffrey Derevensky

Education for Mental Health and Well-being

This node focuses on the enhancement of mental health and well-being across the life span through education focusing on the whole person in context. 

Enhancing mental health and well-being across the lifespan through education:

  1. Education for mental health and well-being in K-12 school settings
  2. Education for mental health and well-being in post-secondary settings
  3. Lifelong learning for well-being
  4. Education for well-being focusing on the whole person, Cognitive, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual and Social.

​Node Director: Professor Nancy Heath, McGill University, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology





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