About Us

Here in the PRIDE Lab, we investigate three primary questions as they pertain to adolescents.

 

​How do identities develop and change over time?

Adolescence is considered to be a time of great change and development of identities in the lives of adolescence. In this line of research examine how identities are changing over time and what contextual factors and socializing agents could be influencing this change.

How are identities related to mental health, well-being, and academic motivation?

Research has generally shown social identities, like ethnic-racial identity or gender identity, are positively associated with more adaptive outcomes​. However, there is still much to be known about what influences these associations and in what contexts. We are working to close this gap by investigating these relations and moderators across various contexts.

 

 How can identities be leveraged as assets to promote positive youth development and outcomes?

Research around social identities has exploded in the past 15 years, demonstrating at a stronger, more positive sense of self on the basis of various social identities promotes a host of adaptive outcomes. Surprisingly, little research has begun to develop ways to enhance and leverage these identities to foster better outcomes for youth. We are aiming to close this gap by developing interventions to shape identities to be congruent with positive youth development and outcomes.

About Our Logo

Our logo was designed by First Nations artist Joshua Hunt. The three elements of the logo offer symbolic relevance to many Native Nations across North America. The bear represents power and courage, the village represents community, and finally, the eight-pointed star represents hope. In our research, we aim to encompass these three elements through empowering youth and their identities, fostering hope and resilience, and instilling a sense of hope for a brighter and better future.