Research and Education Institute

Research Project – Seeking Participants

This research project is looking for participants in regards to virtual mental health services offered at Pathstone Mental Health. If you or your child or youth has received support through any of Pathstone’s virtual mental health services and wish to participate in this research study, or want more information, please email

Parenting Support Study – Seeking Participants

In association with McMaster University, Psychiatry & Behavior Neurosciences, and Offord Centre for Child Studies.

The overall goal of this family support study is to take a closer look at two new parenting programs and get an understanding if families benefit from either, or both. Both programs offer ways for parents and caregivers to develop practical skills, which can help decrease challenging behaviours and emotions in young children, and help, better the families’ relationship. By taking part parents/caregivers may find they feel more positive about themselves and caregiving skills and strategies, but also helping other parents/caregivers in the future.

The research study is actively looking for families with children aged 2 -6 to enrol in this study. In recognition of the time and effort as participants in the study, parents will receive gift cards for completing required interviews.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs please email or call 905.688.6850 x319


Pathstone Mental Health has established the Pathstone Children’s Mental Health Research Institute to actively pursue children’s mental health research. Pathstone is actively involved in program evaluation and research studies. All research activities require approval from the Pathstone Research and Ethics Committee. We are also a member of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Development in partnership with Brock University. Dr. Sidney Segalowicz is the Research Advisor.

Education and Training Institute

Pathstone has developed an Education and Training Institute. Since its inception there has been over 60 graduate students (students working toward their Masters in Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counselling, or Doctoral students in Clinical, Educational, and Developmental Psychology). In addition the institute has developed training workshops in a number of areas and has presented at over 15 conferences or training sessions. Dr. Fran Owen is the Advisor to the Institute.

Projects currently underway and coming to the Branscombe Mental Health Centre

Study 1 – ADHD & Anxiety – Dr. Ayda Tekok-Kilic, Neuropsychologist

  • To understand the link between anxiety, ADHD and SPD and their multi-level relationship with temperament and executive functions in children and adolescents with ADHD and Anxiety

Study 2 – Complicated & Dual Diagnosis Mental Health Issues – Dr. Dawn Good, Clinical Neuropsychologist

  • Understand the complex mental health needs of children/youth in the Niagara region

Study 3 – Brock Healthy Youth Project  –  Approved and endorsed by the World Health Organization

  • This is a 5 year, $1.4 million project
  • It involves 18 researchers and over 30 partner organizations, including Pathstone
  • Looking at brain development and why risk behavior is more dominant in some youth and not others

Future Studies (Two Clinics) on OCD and Neurodevlopmental Disorders – Dr. Tricia Vause, Clinical Psychologist

  • Using a transdiagnostic approach, this clinic would be a the first of its kind to directly target both physical and mental health with a blended approach of dance and behavior therapy to improve motor skills, executive functioning, social skills and to promote belonging and connection among our young people. 
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