“I want every child, family and community to embrace the gift of life. I want them to have the opportunity, and the resources as well, to realize their gifts and to deal with the challenges that are part of their lives.”
– Dr. Stuart Shanker
In 2016, Dr. Stuart Shanker founded the SRI Self Regulation Institute (SRI), a sister organization to TMC. SRI is a not-for-profit charitable organization, based at Trent University, under the direction of Brenda Smith-Chant: a psychology professor at Trent and a former researcher for the Ministry of Education in Ontario. SRI was created to study self-regulation in its many aspects, and conduct applied and community-based research on the effects of practicing self-regulation. The purpose of SRI is to support health and wellness in children, youth, and adults by supporting, conducting, and eventually funding applied and basic interdisciplinary research on self-regulation in any of the five domains of well-being: biological, emotional, cognitive, social, and prosocial.
An open access, peer reviewed publication created to further the conversation and our understanding of Self-Reg
A Letter from SRI’s Science Director,
Dr. Stuart Shanker:
“The creation of the Self-Regulation Institute marks the fulfillment of a personal dream:
A chance to gather together a diverse team of scientists, working in close harmony with parents and teachers, in a joint effort to understand the extraordinary impact of Self-Reg. The first Self-Reg rule when working with children and teens is to ask: “Why?”: “Why am I seeing this behaviour, or this emotional or social problem, or this learning challenge, or this stunted prosocial growth?” I find myself asking the very same question as I look at the explosive growth of Self-Reg across the country. The better we can understand why this is happening – what need Self-Reg is meeting – the better we can enhance this remarkable paradigm-revolution.
SRI also represents a researcher’s dream: a chance to pursue and forge connections between hitherto isolated domains; to delve more deeply into the many questions raised by Self-Reg; to assess the effects of Self-Reg and examine the countless ways these benefits can be enhanced; to reframe the extraordinary research efforts of different disciplines; to contribute to an inspired and inspiring view of human potential – at every point in the life cycle. Interdisciplinary research in the human sciences has long been an academic dream in search of a paradigm and a vehicle to make such knowledge-synthesis possible. Self-regulation is that paradigm; SRI is that vehicle. But the opportunity to explore and build out this new paradigm is more than just a dream: it is the gift of doing research that will truly benefit all members of our society.”
At the Self-Regulation Institute, we focus on five key areas in our research