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Jennifer Laffier

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Education

Contact information

Education Building - Room 417
Downtown Oshawa
11 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 2891


Dr. Laffier is an Assistant Professor, and a Licensed Psychotherapist and Creative Arts Therapist with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental psychology, mental health and education. She conducts research in the area of human development and well-being in the digital age and is currently the Director of the Mental Health in the Digital Age Lab.

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Courses taught

Bachelor of Education (Faculty of Education)

  • Mental Health in Schools
  • Adolescent Development
  • Child Development
  • Special Needs and Diversity

Master of Education (Faculty of Education)

  • Mental Health in the Digital Age
  • Trauma-informed Educational Practices
  • Youth, Media, and Pop Culture

Bachelor of Criminology ( Faculty of Social Sciences)

  • Theories of deviance
  • Introduction to Psychology

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Faculty of Health Sciences)

  • Developmental Psychology

Research and expertise

  • Bullying and safe schools
  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Creativity and the creative arts
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Global mental health practices impacting learning and success
  • Mental health education for teachers
  • Psychological empowerment for at-risk populations
  • The role of play and nature in wellness
  • Laffier, J., Ewert, C., & Bernard, G. (2019). Choices in approaching conflict, 2nd Edition. Toronto: Edmund Montgomery Publishing. 
  • Laffier, J. (2020). Depression and Suicide in the virtual worlds of youth. In David Lester (Ed) Understanding Suicide Ideation. New York; Nova Science Publishers.
  • Laffier, J., Hughes, J., & Petrarca, D. (2016). The role of culturally competent future teachers in promoting global citizens in their classrooms: Best practice ideas from a pre-service teacher education program in Canada. In Cultural Awareness and  Competency Development in Higher Education, IGI Global. 
  • Hughes, J., Laffier, J., Morrison, L., Mamola, A., & DiCastell, S. (2019). Addressing bullying through critical making. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(1), 309-325. 
  • Laffier, J. (2016). The role of artistic expression in the psychological empowerment of bullying victims. Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal: Special Edition on Art Therapy and Mental Health, 29(1), 12-20. Taylor & Francis.