Mental Health in the Digital Age Lab

Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Oshawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on the influence of technology on human development and well-being across the lifespan to promote digital well-being and optimum mental health.

Areas of expertise

The Mental Health in the Digital Age Lab is a research facility dedicated to understanding the influence of technology on human development and well-being. The lab’s central mission is to conduct research that enhances the livelihood of individuals and communities in the digital age.

Its diligent team, led by Dr. Jennifer Laffier, a licensed therapist with extensive expertise in mental health research, conducts groundbreaking research that examines the impact of technologies on human well-being. In addition, the lab organizes community projects such as youth and student programs, parent workshops, educator webinars and workplace training that aims to promote digital wellness and well-being.

The Mental Health in the Digital Age Lab aspires to undo the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage individuals and communities to seek support in a rapidly evolving society.

Research services
  • Program and product evaluations
  • Consulting on workplace mental health policies and guidelines
  • School based programs and trainings (students, teachers, leaders)
  • Parent webinars and workshops
  • Action based research projects
  • Technology reviews and recommendations
  • Digital wellness program development
Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Policy and governance
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
Research meeting roomCollaborative space for research discussion. Room capacity: approx. 15.
  • MediaSmarts
  • Mental Health First Aid Canada
Deepfakes and harm to women.
First Nations wellness resources.
Mental health First Aid training.