Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science

Banff, Alberta | March 19 - 22, 2023

The 52nd Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science topic was School Mental Health: Utilizing Science, Culture, and Context to Inform Practice. It aimed to highlight both the challenges and opportunities in school mental health, with an emphasis on identifying practical strategies for mental health professionals, educators and administrators, and researchers.

CHART lab members Judy Wu and Julia Kaufmann attended the conference and presented five posters that covered various topics related to youth mental health and well-being, such as eco-anxiety, mental health literacy, the impacts of COVID-19, and school belonging, all using YDI data! 

The posters featured contributions from many members of the CHART lab team—Dr. Hasina Samji, Dr. Jacqueline Maloney, Dr. David Long, Dr. Jenna Whitehead, Jillian Herring, Rachel Correia, and Mari del Casal. The conference was an opportunity to learn about all the ways researchers across Canada and the US are promoting youth mental health and well-being, as well as showcase some key mental health findings from the YDI. 

Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium

Irvine, California | March 2 – 4, 2023

CHART Lab director Dr. Hasina Samji presented The “Wicked” Challenge of Worsening Youth Mental Health – Pandemic Impacts and Beyond at the 33rd Kavli Frontiers of Science U.S. Symposium in Irvine, California. Her presentation illuminated the impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health using both data from the YDI and other sources. She discussed protective and risk factors for youth mental health and highlighted the importance of taking a public mental health approach to prevent worsening mental health outcomes in adolescence.