The pandemic has taken a great toll on peoples physical and mental health. The Faculty of Health at York University is committed to empowering people to live longer, heathier, and happier lives through research that creates positive change for our students, our communities, and our world.
Several initiatives launched by researchers at York, and supported by dedicated community members, have changed the way we understand and study Health, particularly in relationship to children. Dr. Angelo Belcastro, Faculty of Health professor, launched KINKIDS to inspire healthy activity in at-risk, inactive kids and gather data for future research. His work has had proven benefits on the cardiovascular and mental health of the children who participate in his program.
Many of our distinguished educators are conducting research to improve the lives of children in Canada and around the world. Working with Indigenous community leaders and elders, Dr. Yvonne Bohr is exploring the potential of video games on the improvement of mental health in Indigenous youth in the far north. Dr. Gordon Flett is doing research to understand the vulnerabilities of young students who feel like they don’t matter, and how that relates to feelings of depression. The work of Dr. Jonathan Weiss focuses on supporting individuals with autism, and their families, from childhood through adulthood. The high proportion of Canadian students who are victims of bullying inspired Dr. Debra Pepler to launch PREVNet, a network for developing relationships and social interventions to provide better experiences for kids within and outside of school. The work that our faculty does reaches far beyond the walls of the university. From research initiatives to community outreach, York University is making important discoveries in the field of health. Our insightful, imaginative, and committed faculty are not only working on revolutionary research but are also dedicating their time to prepare the future leaders of health and healthcare to continue uplifting our communities. Through innovative research and impactful breakthroughs, York University will continue to pursue the goal of giving all children, their families, and communities a better and healthier life.