Our Core Team

Dr. Kate Tilleczek | Scientific Director & Founder
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Young Lives, Education and Global Good and Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, Kate is the founder and Scientific Director of the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA). International in scope, the YLRL investigates how complex modern societies are shifting to support and/or negate the lives and wellbeing of young people. Kate currently leads eight externally funded, youth-based research projects that engage young people in research about education, human and planetary wellbeing, the Anthropocene and the digital age.
Deborah MacDonald
As Senior Research Associate and Manager for the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Deborah supports the work of the YLRL's intercultural, interdisciplinary teams across Canada and the Americas.
Pablo Aranguiz Mesias
An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Pablo's work and research are focused on education and action for local and global sustainable development.
Dr. Jonah Rimer
An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Jonah investigates the vast impacts of digital media, policy, and practice on young people today.
Dr. Janet Loebach
An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Janet's work and research focus on socio-environmental impacts on the wellbeing and behaviour of young people.
Tatyana Terzopoulos
A Ph.D. student, Tatyana uses arts and participatory-action methods to inform her work with culture, language, and teaching.
Matthew Munro
An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab, Matt focuses on youth access to mental health systems, Social and Emotional Learning, digital media and wellbeing.
Alexandre Mendes Cursino
A Ph.D. student, Alexandre focuses on Indigenous knowledge and resurgence learning.


Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Dr. James Stinson - (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Jonah Rimer (Oxford University) 2016-2019; SSHRC
  • Dr. Brandi Bell (Carleton University) 2013- 2018, CIHR
  • Dr. Tracy Deyell (University of Colorado) 2015-16; SSHRC and CIHR
  • Dr. Janet Loebach (University of Western Ontario) 2014-15: SSHRC
  • Dr. Laura Mae Lindo (York University) 2013; SSHRC

Dr. Sara Guilamo, Ana Luisa Reyes, & Marlen Pérez  Dorville of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestre, Dominican Republic -- RCYP Team.

The Rights for Children and Youth Partnership Team at the 13th Annual Caribbean Child Research Conference, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago..

Arlene Smith, Victoria Rampersad, & Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago -- RCYP Team.