Dr. Michael Chandler

Dr. Michael Chandler, PhD

Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Professor Chandler is a developmental psychologist engaged in research at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The focus of his ongoing program of research is to illustrate how an understanding of the normative course of young people's social-cognitive development, coupled with an appreciation of the role that culture plays in constructing the course of identity development, strongly shapes a youth's emerging sense of responsibility for their personal past and commitment to their future well being. Professor Chandler's research has earned him the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Senior Research Prize, a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Scholar in Residence fellowship, as well as the nomination of Canada's only Distinguished Investigator of both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, 2001-2007. His scholarly efforts have also earned him the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Teaching Prize. Most recently, his program of research dealing with identity development and suicide in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth has been singled out for publication in the Society for Research in Child Development's monograph series, and with Dr. Chris Lalonde, is currently furthering this work which is funded by SSHRC.

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