Default header image

Join the Lab

Join the Supporting Youth Development Lab


Graduate Applications
2024 Admissions

There is a graduate student opening in the lab for the 2024-2025 school year in the CCAP program at the University of Guelph. Applications are typically due the prior December 1st; so December 1st, 2023 for September 2024 admissions.

Research fit is one of the most important aspects of applying to grad school. I am mindful of being transparent about what I am looking for in applicants. Although I have completed work on COVID-19 and mental health, the majority of my upcoming projects will be focused on the development and treatment of childhood/ adolescent aggression and CU traits, adolescent complex mental health, adverse childhood experiences, and developmental mechanisms of emotion regulation and attachment. I am currently partnered with two community based mental health programs: Stop Now And Plan and Syl Apps. A strong quantitative background would be required for much of the work I do, however, I will consider those interested in qualitative research in special cases.

As my work is deeply developmental as well as clinically applied, I highly recommend candidates consider the developmental and clinical implications of your research interests in your application materials. I provide many suggestions on how to improve application materials on my Twitter (@DrStephCraig), please feel free to look back through old tweets to find those suggestions.

Although you are welcome to email me prior to the admission deadline, please note I am unable to review CVs, provide feedback on applications, or meet with students prior to reviewing applications. This is to ensure equity for those who have not received mentorship and advice regarding grad school applications. That being said, if you have specific questions regarding my research or the program, I will respond to those emails when I am able to.

More information about the program can be found here:

Program statistics regarding previously accepted students can be found here:


Undergraduate Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to work on one of my main research projects (see Research).

Independent Research Project/Volunteer Research Assistant

What is an independent research project (IRP)?

Independent research projects are similar to an honours thesis. There are 2 IRP courses you could take consecutively in Psychology, PSYC*3240 and PSYC*4240.

PSYC*3240 This course provides individual students with hands-on experience conducting a research project. Students are supervised directly by a faculty member as they conduct an in-depth investigation of a specific topic within psychology. Typically, the course involves both the practice and reporting of research. Through this experience, students will develop a broader appreciation of the relations between knowledge, theory and research while acquiring basic skills in research methodologies and modes of inquiry. In addition, students will develop their writing and oral communication skills (e.g., integration of relevant literature, reporting of research).

PSYC*4240 This course provides individual students with hands-on experience conducting a research project. Students are supervised directly by a faculty member as they conduct an in-depth investigation of a specific topic within psychology. Typically, the course involves both the practice and reporting of research. Students will apply the research and communication skills they have acquired through prior coursework in order to work more independently. 

If you are interested in applying, please complete an application under the following link:

Independent Research Project/Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer and IRP applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applications for IRP students will be reviewed before each semester. Volunteer applications will be reviewed as positions open.


Honour’s Thesis

Applications for an Honour’s Thesis in 2024/25 have now closed.

Please check back in Fall 2024 for updates on the application process for 2025/26.