Child and Youth Healthy Futures Lab

Different coloured hands surrounding the earthLead investigator: Carla Hilario

Our lab aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of children and youth. We study the structural and social determinants of youth mental health and mental health care inequities, with a focus on the needs of underserved and equity-deserving young people, and use research evidence to inform and advance equity-oriented interventions.

We use a range of research approaches such as mixed methods, administrative health data analysis, qualitative description, critical design methods, and concept mapping. Our projects are informed by youth participatory action approaches, integrated knowledge translation, and an intersectional lens.

Current projects are examining associations between racial discrimination experiences and adolescent mental health; exploring youth perspectives and experiences of racism in relation to healthcare access, use, and quality; and engaging Indigenous and newcomer youth in dialogues about truths and actions needed for anti-racism and reconciliation futures.

Mischa Taylor, Research Coordinator

Mischa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology and a Master’s degree in Community Engagement from the University of Alberta. Mischa has been involved in community-based projects exploring newcomers’ psychosocial adaptation, youth mental health, and more.

Jacklyn Awotwi-Pratt, research assistant

Jacklyn Awotwi-PrattJacklyn is a fourth-year Bachelor of Science Psychology major.  Her research interests include mental health, emotions, and hand gestures.

Pavan nahal, Research Assistant

Pavan GillPavan is a Graduate Academic Assistant at UBCO’s Child and Youth Healthy Futures lab. Pavan supports participant recruitment and data collection. Alongside her research experience, Pavan is completing her Master of Social Work (Clinical) at the University of British Columbia.