Youness Robert-Tahiri (He/Him)Student, University of Toronto
- University of Toronto
About Youness Robert-Tahiri
Hello! I am a 3rd year undergraduate student in the Psychology (Specialist) program at the University of Toronto, St. George. I am passionate about children's mental health and the many ways that youth can overcome adversity. I am especially interested in developing interventions that promote resilience and healing for survivors of childhood adversity.
To this end, my Laidlaw Scholar research involves examining the origins of childhood kindness. I want to explore how adversity such as poverty, family conflict, and community violence, affect pathways of kindness. Specifically, I want to identify protective factors from those who experience childhood adversity but remain kind to themselves and others. By doing this, I hope to develop interventions that promote prosocial behaviour among survivors of childhood adversity.
I balance this emotionally heavy passion with a deep appreciation of the world of comedy. This entails performing comedic improvisations at various venues in the city. This art form has helped me develop resilience in the face of my own lived experience with childhood adversity. As such, I am also fascinated by the relationship between comedy and mental health.
I loved hearing about this research project when we met. It addresses so many issues that I am passionate about: overcoming adversity, early years intervention, mental health, positive social engagement and cultivating character. Good luck with your research @Youness Robert-Tahiri. I can't wait to read it.
Thank you for your continued support, Susanna! I appreciate it.
This is extremely inspiring. Thank you for sharing, Jiale.