“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 Self-Regulation Institute (SRI), a sister organization to The MEHRIT Centre. SRI is a not-for-profit charitable organization, based at Trent University, under the direction of an esteemed and diverse board of directors. The purpose of SRI is to deepen our understandings of stress and the management of stress through integrative research.   Our research is inspired by our community and is focused in five key areas: reframing existing research about stress from a Self-Reg lens, stress in the five domains, the transient nature of stressors, and the practice and assessment of Self-Reg.  SRI is committed to sharing this interdisciplinary research in innovative, meaningful, and impactful ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities.



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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.”

Dr. Stuart Shanker


Self-Regulation Institute
Trent University, Symons Campus 
DNA Building, Block B, Suite B101 
2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8

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