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Congratulations to graduate student Madison Westley, who received a CATE Recognition Award for her M.A. thesis titled “Exploring the Impacts of Media Use in the Classroom and Trauma. “ Madison is the Manager of Community Research at the Mental Health in the Digital Age Lab and is supervised by the Director, Dr. Jennifer Laffier.

Awards - Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE) (<>

Lab Mission

How does technology

influence human development & well-being?

The Mental Health in the Digital Age Lab is a research hub that explores how technology is impacting human development and well- being across the lifespan. 
Research and community based projects focus  on research to practice ideas for optimum well-being and learning. The lab is a collaboration of work from Faculty and graduate students in the Mental Health in the Digital Age course.

Lab Goals 

It is the lab's mission to support individuals and communities by conducting research and outreach work in the following areas:


Individual and Collective (Community)

Mental Health

Technology's role in
human development and well-being

Digital Wellness and Digital Self-Intelligence

Socio-emotional Learning and Emotional Intelligence


Positive Psychology and authentic happiness, thriving, and flourishing


The intersection of learning and mental health 


Psycho-education in schools, workplaces, and communities

Upcoming Workshops

Media Literacy Education and AI by Harvard Education Now

Join us for a conversation about how educators and families can help young people think critically and evaluate all types of communication including digital platforms. We will discuss the skills needed to navigate a world increasingly influenced by artificial intelligence, misinformation, and fake news.

Acting on New Findings from the Education Recovery Scorecard

Tuesday, April 2, 5–6:30 p.m. ET

Media Literacy Education and AI

Wednesday, April 3, 3-3:30 p.m. ET

Cradle-to-Career Pathways Supporting Social and Economic Mobility

Thursday, April 18, 5–6:30 p.m. ET


Announcement: New research from MediaSmarts reveals the online lives of youth during the pandemic

Young Canadians in a Wireless World (YCWW) is Canada’s longest running and most comprehensive research study on young people’s attitudes, behaviours, and opinions regarding the internet, technology, and digital media. MediaSmarts has surveyed over 20,000 parents, teachers, and students through this study since 1999.  

The findings from YCWW are used to set benchmarks for research on children’s use of the internet, technology, and digital media and have informed policy on the digital economy, privacy, online safety, online harms and digital well-being, digital citizenship, and digital media literacy, among other topics. This research is also used to inform other projects at MediaSmarts and at other organizations, including academic institutions, within our vast and growing network of research partners. 

Click here to access the full report


MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy. Their vision is that all Canadians have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. MediaSmarts offers thousands of free digital and media literacy resources for teachers, parents and librarians on its website. They provide leadership in advancing digital and media literacy in Canadian schools, homes and communities; develop and deliver high-quality Canadian-based digital and media literacy resources; and conduct and disseminate research that contributes to the development of informed public policy on issues related to media.


For more information, visit us at

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One in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction problem - and nearly half of Canadians reported that their mental health worsened during the pandemic.

Supporting the mental health and well-being of Canadians, as we continue to face the uncertainty and challenges from COVID-19 and its variants, is a Government of Canada priority. Through PocketWell, a free app to the Wellness Together Canada (WTC) online portal – Canadians can access new resources, including a self-assessment tool and tracker that monitors mood and mental well-being.

PocketWell also connects seamlessly to the WTC portal, allowing access to free and confidential sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals, as well as other mental health and substance use services all from their phone. Call 1-866-585-0445, visit or download the PocketWell app today.

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