About the lab

Research in the lab focuses on the mental health of emerging adults and the psychological variables believed to play an important role for success in post-secondary/tertiary education and subsequent school-to-work transitions.

The specific objectives of the lab are to:

  • Advance research on the mental health and well-being of emerging adults

  • Explore the social, cognitive, and health outcomes of emerging adults who are making school-to-work transitions

  • Develop interventions and initiatives that will produce more positive mental health outcomes for emerging adults with a focus on those in post-secondary/tertiary education

  • Examine the role of experiential learning such as cooperative and work-integrated education on school-to-work transitions

  • Communicate research findings and collaborate with researchers and institutions around the globe


Welcome to the

Well-Link Lab

Enhancing student mental health & school-to-work transitions

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Research projects in the lab involve examining the impact of peer support and sense of belonging on the mental health and well-being of university students and also exploring the relationship between experiential learning and certain psychological constructs such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-concept, self-efficacy, motivation, study skills, and work ethic.


We’ve been fortunate on many occasions to have our research published by the media in the press. If you’d like to stay up to date regarding our latest research projects, be entertained by stories about the research life, or get access to our informative resources, make sure you get in touch today.

Funding & Sponsors

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Profile of Dr. Maureen Drysdale

A  profile of Dr. Maureen Drysdale and the research being done in the Well-Link lab was featured in the St.Jerome's Update Magazine.

Student Mental Health & Wellness @ uWaterloo

The University of Waterloo's President's Advisory Committe for Student Mental Health released their final report and 36 recommendations. Lab director, Dr. Drysdale and Lab Manager, Margaret McBeath were members of this committee and contributed to the report.

How do we produce work-ready, world-ready graduates?

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues on campus and in the labour force. Maureen Drysdale and Tracey Bowen discuss how carefully-implemented work-integrated learning programmes can support students during the critical school-to-work transition and set them up for the world beyond university.


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