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Welcome to the Hearts & Minds Lab at the University of Manitoba! Our lab is located in Winnipeg and co-directed by Dr. Ryan Giuliano and Dr. Leslie E. Roos.

The Hearts and Minds Lab includes an interdisciplinary research team of clinicians, psychological scientists, and student trainees. We apply principles of translational neuroscience to investigate both developmental and clinical science questions. Learning about the mechanisms through which experience is embedded in our brains, bodies, and behaviours helps us to create therapeutic programs to support family needs. Our research falls into three main themes, including: (1) environmental influences on neurocognitive function, (2) identifying caregiving practices that promote child resilience, and (3) dual-generation programs to support families of young children.

Thanks for coming to our website to learn more about what we do. Please feel free to reach out to our team for more information, training opportunities or potential collaborations by browsing to the Get Involved page.

We respectfully acknowledge that members of the Hearts & Minds Lab live, work, and learn on Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on those territories, we acknowledge the harms of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.