ABClab

Attention, Behaviour, and Compassion Lab

We are a research lab at Saint Paul University with the goal of improving the psychological well-being of children and adults with challenges with attention and behaviour through compassion-based care. Much of our research concerns Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

We believe that ADHD can involve remarkable abilities to be harnessed. We strive to study the strengths and challenges of ADHD so that the right supports can be put in place to empower individuals with ADHD and their communities.

We also aim to understand in general how to disrupt the cycle of self-blame through trauma-informed self-compassion so as to foster the whole and authentic self. We aim to contribute to an open and engaged society that nurtures the human spirit and believes in the value and potential of every person.

If you would like to hear about current or future studies in the lab, please contact us here. More information about the lab at Saint Paul University can be found here. Find us on Facebook at: spu.abclab


Current research studies

Understanding how to promote effective emotion regulation among parents of children with ADHD using wearable technology (funded by NFRF), in partnership with researchers at McGill University, University of Calgary, University of British Columbia & BC Children's Hospital, Dalhousie University, Carleton University, University of Waterloo, University of Ottawa & Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of California, San Francisco, and University of California, Berkeley.

Understanding how COVID-19 is continuing to impact families with and without ADHD (funded by CIHR), in partnership with researchers at Carleton University, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia & BC Children's Hospital, and the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC).

Understanding how to promote parent-teacher collaboration for children with varying attentional difficulties (funded by SSHRC), in partnership with co-investigator at Carleton University.

Understanding the associations between parent cognitions and spirituality (funded by Saint Paul University)


Resources on ADHD

Canadian Psychological Association's (CPA) Fact Sheet

Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC)

Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA)


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