Abby Goldstein

Canada Research Chair in The Psychology of Emerging Adulthood

Tier 2 - 2016-04-01
Renewed: 2021-04-01
University of Toronto
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Using mobile technology and survey methods to understand factors contributing to risk and well-being in a diverse group of emerging adults as they transition into adulthood.

Research relevance

This research will provide essential insight into the lives of Canadian emerging adults and lead to novel strategies to prevent risk and promote well-being during this critical time of life.

Research summary

Young adults aged 18 to 25 are at a critical juncture in their lives—both psychologically and cognitively—as they face the transition into adulthood. It is a time of significant challenge and opportunity. But today’s emerging adults are experiencing increasing mental health concerns and higher rates of substance use relative to other age groups. They have unique developmental needs that must be considered when creating approaches to support their healthy transition into adulthood.

Dr. Abby Goldstein, Canada Research Chair in the Psychology of Emerging Adulthood, is providing insight into the lives and well-being of Canada’s emerging adults. Using a novel, multi-method approach, she and her research team are addressing critical issues and enhancing the policies and practices that directly affect the lives of emerging adults, their parents and those who work closely with them. Ultimately, they aim to promote wellness and well-being for Canadian youth during this critical time of their lives.