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Planning AHEAD Study

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. David Kealy
  • Research Assistants: Zarina Giannone, Megumi Iyar, and Sharon Ahn

Thinking about our futures can help us feel more prepared and satisfied with our lives. Our research team is interested in learning if our group sessions can positively influence your outlook and perception of future possibilities.

Who Can Participate?

We are currently recruiting participants for our Planning AHEAD study. Planning AHEAD focuses on uncovering how young adults can better prepare for their futures, fostering more purposeful and meaningful lives. Participants must be: (a) between the ages of 18-25, and (b) English-speaking.

What’s Involved?

Participants in the study will participate in 4 group sessions with two experienced facilitators. Each group will be 1.5 hours long and sessions will occur once a week for 4 consecutive weeks. Participants will be invited to engage and share their hopes and aspirations for the future. They will be asked to complete research questionnaires both prior to the first group session (week one), as well as after the last group session (week four).

What’s In It For Me?

Participants will be compensated for their time and effort. They will receive a $100 honorarium for participating in all aspects of the study.  Additionally, participants will gain significant knowledge and skills, while contributing to the advancement of research. Similar group sessions are often quite costly and Planning AHEAD affords the opportunity to get paid while learning about yourself!

Questions? Want to Participate?

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact our research team at:

You are also invited to check-out our Facebook page for more information. See: Planning AHEAD Research Study

Importance of Participating

Please do consider participating in this study. Your participation is deeply valued and integral to the advancement of research and psychological treatment in this area.

Where To Go For Your First Assessment/Group Session?

All assessments and group sessions will take place in Suite #420 on the 4th floor of the David Strangway Building (5950 University Boulevard) located on the UBC (Vancouver) Campus.

When you arrive for your first visit, please wait in the waiting area in Suite #420. Someone from our research team will be there to greet you shortly!

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