Who are we?

CRC, Young Lives and CIHR slides - young livesThe Young Lives Research Lab (YLRL) is the research community of Dr. Kate Tilleczek, Professor, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth in Global and Local Contexts. The Young Lives lab is located at the University of Prince Edward Island.

The YLRL operates with a core groupof dedicated researchers, strengthened by investigators from other UPEI departments, as well as national and international colleaguesPost-doctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate students round out the team.  We promote a collaborative research environment with many people working across projects.

Recently, the Young Lives Research Lab, in partnership with Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, completed a year-long project that gave aboriginal youth an opportunity to speak about digital media and mental health. Follow this link to view some of the incredible videography that was produced from the project.

About Dr. Kate Tilleczek

Dr. Kate Tilleczek is a Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is also the founder and Director of the Young Lives Research Lab.

Kate arrived at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2009 as Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Child/Youth Cultures and Transitions and, with funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), established the Qualitative Research Lab (QRL). The goal of the QRL was not only to support Kate in her research, but to provide resources for other qualitative researchers on campus.

On January 1, 2014, Kate was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth in Global and Local Contexts and the Young Lives Research Lab was established.

Through her research as CRC, Kate studies the emerging and complex lives of youth, especially those who are most marginalized, facing poverty, inequality, and discrimination. This research examines the modern relationships between mental health, technology, and education, and seeks to improve our understanding and inform decision making in these areas. For more information on the CRC please visit here.

In 2013 Kate accepted the CEA Whitworth Award for her work in marginalized youth education policy and practice.

Below is a link of Kate talking with CBC’s Matt Rainnie on Island Morning after receiving the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth in Global and Local Contexts.