Throughout his career, Stuart has researched and studied the role of self-regulation in mental and physical wellbeing and academic achievement. He has focused on the beneficial role that positive stress plays in children’s development and learning and the worrying effects of excessive negative stress.
Stuart founded SRI, where he currently serves as Science Director to continue his research into self-regulation.
Brenda currently serves as Sr. Researcher & Sr. Research Advisor at SRI. The questions that drive Brenda’s current research are those that directly impact people, their families, and those they work with. For Brenda research is about doing her best to “making things better.”
Susan’s contributions to research are as diverse as her service work experiences. She has been an educator, school administrator, special education teacher, inclusive schooling coordinator, curriculum developer and educational researcher. She has taught in a variety of cultural contexts, including four years teaching international students in Italy and seven years working in an Indigenous community in Northern Canada. Susan led the territorial implementation of the Early Development Instrument, co-authored the Government’s Early Childhood Framework and developed the NWT kindergarten curriculum. She went on to lead the Planning, Research, and Evaluation division for the Department of Education before relocating to Edmonton to head up the Society of Safe and Caring Schools and Communities for one year.
These experiences always lead back to the self-regulation research, writing, and thinking of Dr. Stuart Shanker. In 2014 Susan became the Executive Director of The MEHRIT Centre Ltd. and under her leadership the organization has grown and developed into a much respected, accessible, and successful centre of teaching and learning. Now Susan brings her skills to SRI in order to focus on supporting self-regulation research that is community driven and relevant.
Linda was educated at Queen’s University and continues to be a life-long learner. She is a retired educator with 30 plus years’ experience in education and community involvement. Her journey has included classroom experience in both elementary and secondary settings, district facilitator, school and district principal and member of Ministry of Education projects, as well as an instructor for Additional Qualification courses for both Queen’s and York Universities. She brings diverse knowledge and experience in Special Education, Safe Schools and self-regulation. Linda continues to support the learning of others as an experienced international presenter and coach with diverse audiences that included system leaders, teachers, professional support staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators, school trustees, parents, students, community leaders, police partners and medical professionals.
In addition, Linda sits on the Board of Directors for Frontenac Youth Services, a not-for-profit mental health agency for children, youth and their families.