What We Do
The Well-Link Lab provides resources and conducts research on the mental health and well-being of emerging adults (ages 18-29) and the psychological variables believed to play an important role for success in post-secondary/tertiary education and school-to-work transitions. We collaborate with researchers and institutions around the globe.
The mental health and well-being of emerging adults (ages 18-29)
The social, cognitive, and health outcomes of emerging adults who are making school-to-work transitions
The role of experiential learning, such as cooperative and work-integrated education, on school-to-work transitions
Interventions and initiatives to produce more positive mental health outcomes
Resources and strategies for emerging adults to succeed in university and school-to-work transitions
A safe space on campus for students to access peer support and resources
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Enhancing student mental health & school-to-work transitions
Our research projects and publications include examinations of:
The mental health and well-being of emerging adults (18-29), and the impact of peer support and sense of belonging in university students;
The mental health of marginalized emerging adults in learning and working places;
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of university students;
How seasonal changes affect modalities of learning in university students;
The relationship between experiential learning and psychological constructs such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-concept, self-efficacy, motivation, study skills, and work ethic.
In The Media
Our lab provides resources for current students and recent graduates to access online and on-campus support, including:
Peer support and academic development;
Individual counselling services;
Group counselling services and workshops for wellbeing and coping strategies;
Career advisors and graduate school preparation;
International student peer support and resources;
In The Media
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.