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PROSIT – Predicting Risks and Outcomes of Social InTeractions
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  • PROSIT – Predicting Risks and Outcomes of Social InTeractions
Important Information

Due to the current situation in Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada, we would like to stress that this website is not monitored on a daily basis. For information on mental help resources and crisis interventions, please refer to health authorities in your community. You can also access helpful resources on our News page.




Predicting Risks and Outcomes of Social InTeractions (PROSIT)

PROSIT is a research study that aims to improve the mental well-being of youth. To achieve this goal, we are working with healthy youth and patients in Nova Scotia.  From our healthy participants, we wish to learn what youth can do to stay healthy, and from our patients, to learn how youth can quickly recover from  a mental disorder.

We believe that the way youth interact with their family and friends can tell us a lot about their health and well-being. Often, youth are simply asked by clinicians how they socially interact, but it can be difficult to remember every social interaction one has with their family members and friends. Therefore, we have created an app that passively captures information on the daily social  interactions of youth.

Our app can tell us how many calls youth are making, how many messages they  are sending, and how often they are using social media to interact with their family and friends. By understanding the social behaviours of youth, we can better understand how to best help youth to become and stay healthy and create programs to better support Nova Scotian youth.



Modern technology can help improve your care. Through the built-in sensors of your smartphone, clinicians can track your daily activities, such as calls, messaging and so on. This can let them know how you are doing and if you need help.


Social Media Study

Social media can offer numerous potential benefits to its users. It can promote a sense of community, strengthen interpersonal connections and facilitate access to knowledge and social support networks. However, concerns have been raised about its potential harms. Research suggests that social media may be linked to poor mental well-being in adolescence. Frequent social media use has been associated with an increased likelihood of symptoms attributed to anxiety disorders and depression, ADHD and problematic drinking. To better understand this relationship, we are using a mobile-sensing app that objectively and passively records how adolescents use social media. In doing so, we will be able to assess whether social media use predicts adolescent mental well-being and determine whether associations of social media use with poor mental well-being are mediated by motives of use, cyberbullying or reduced physical activity and sleep.

To find out more about the study, please click here:


Mobile Sensing Study

Our goal is to investigate the following research question: does our anxiety tracking phone app reveal differences in how youth and adults experience anxiety?

For this project, we’re looking for adults with anxiety problems to help us develop a smartphone app for assessing anxiety. The study will take two weeks to complete, and will involve answering some brief questionnaires and using our phone app for 14 consecutive days.

If you are interested in joining our study, please visit for more information.



Abiaz Hossain
Research Assistant

I am completing an Honours degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a Minor in Psychology at Dalhousie University. I am a big advocate for eliminating the stigma around mental health and am especially interested in research done on anxiety and ADHD. In the PROSIT Lab, I currently assist with the GAYA and eCare-22q11 studies.

Sandra Meier
Principal Investigator

I am a psychologist by
and I discovered
research as my way 
help improve people's lives.

Silvia Marin-Dragu
PhD Student

I am passionate about research that utilizes technology to enhance mental health, and this fall, I will be starting my PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Ravishankar "Ravi" S Iyer
PhD Student

I am PhD student in Computer Science. My interests are in the domain of HCI, UI/UX, Digital Games, Applied Machine Learning, and mobile app development. I am working on KEYSENSE project to leverage typing metrics for timely interventions of mental disorders among youth.

Abu Sayeed Roni
Research Assistant

I’m a second-year Bachelor of Computer Science student. I am passionate about using technology to help people live a better life. At the PROSIT Lab, I’m assisting with the Mobile Sensing Study to investigate the effects of social media on youth with anxiety disorders.

Bilikis Banire
Postdoctoral Fellow

I completed Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering. My research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Eye Tracking, Affective Computing, Machine Learning, Attention Bias, Autism, and Persuasive Computing.

Mohamed Muzamil
Master Student

I am a graduate-level Computer Science student at Dal. My research interests include data analytics, visualization and the use of AI techniques to build intelligent systems. 

Shuya Li
Research Assistant

I am a 3rd year student at Dalhousie University in the Medical Sciences program. I am interested in youth health and wellness, with future aspirations of working in healthcare.

Nicholas Murray
Master's Student

I am recently accepted to the Masters in Psychiatry Research program at Dalhousie. I am interested in the possible effects of social media on youth with anxiety disorders. In the Fall of 2022, I will start working on my Master's project, until then, I'm assisting as a volunteer.

Holly Carbyn
Summer Student

I will be starting a Masters in Psychiatric Research at Dalhousie in the fall of 2023. Until then, I am working as a summer student in the lab. I will be assisting with the eCare-22q11 study this summer and during my Masters degree.

Simal Dolek
Research Assistant

I'm doing an Honours in Neuroscience, a minor in statistics and a certificate program in Data Analytics at Dalhousie. I am passionate about analyzing databases to detect trends in cognitive processes in order to improve our overall understanding of the brain!

Kirstie Smith
Lab Manager

I am the administrative coordinator and manager of the PROSIT Lab. I have several years' experience working in research and am a strong mental health advocate who seeks to be a safe place for everyone. My credentials include a Master of Arts in Sociology from Dalhousie University.

Marcus Cormier
Research Assistant

I have just completed my B.Sc. in Psychology and Chemistry from Dalhousie University with Honours in Psychology. As I will be assisting on the Social Media Study, I am passionate about the many ways modernity can help but also hinder people’s mental health and well-being.

Youna McGowan
Research Assistant

I am a fourth-year Neuroscience major at Dalhousie with a certificate in Medical Humanities. I am particularly interested in research on anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Within the PROSIT Lab, I will be assisting with investigating attention bias modification.

Julia Saad Hossne
Research Assistant

I am a fourth year Dalhousie University Student double majoring in Psychology and Biology. As a student, I am passionate about learning new ways to help those struggling with their mental health.

Jibran Hagalwadi
Research Assistant

I’m a 3rd year student at Dalhousie University pursuing a Bachelors of Neuroscience. I work as a research assistant at the PROSIT lab. I am currently working on the SMILE study. My areas of interest include mental health, medicine, and research. Aspiring to become a neurosurgeon in the future!

Brooke Cramer
Research Assistant

Brooke is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, with a Minor in Law, Justice, and Society and a Certificate in Science Communication and Leadership at Dalhousie University. She is extremely interested in mental health and wellness, along with science communication. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, exploring the outdoors, and reading!

Prannat Jain
Research Assistant

I'm a 3rd year student pursuing a Bachelors in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. I have experience with Full Stack Development, DevOps and Research. I am interested in using my abilities to help the lab achieve its targets and goals.

Mikayla Hanlon
Research Assistant

I am a second year Psychology student at Saint Mary’s University. I have a passion for research, and have gained valuable experience through volunteering with the Social Attitudes Psychology Lab at SMU. In joining the PROSIT Lab, I am excited to assist with the GAYA study.

Ankana Boruah
Directed Research Student

I am a third year psychology student. Currently I am doing a directed research project revolving around the Social Media Study. I am deeply passionate about mental health and hope to improve the mental wellbeing of people.

Áine Killeen
Research Assistant

Áine Killeen recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology. She has worked with children and adolescents for many years and is very passionate about youth mental health

Annika Setterington
Research Assistant

Annika Setterington is a fifth-year Neuroscience student at Dalhousie University with a minor in English. They recently completed their Honours project exploring the impact of active learning tasks used in online university classes and how active learning affects students’ exam performance.


Andronika Kelso
Honours Student

I am fourth year student pursuing my undergrad in Psychology. I’m currently working on the Sexting behaviours, motivations and outcomes study for my honours thesis. I am passionate about interpersonal relationships and how they translate to the social world.

Nathan Rowarth
Lab Manager

Nathan Rowarth recently completed his PhD in Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University. He finds tremendous joy in welcoming new research professionals and watching them grow. He looks forward to honing his skills and interests in the PROSIT Lab, and making an impact on how everyday technology can predict our physiology, stress, and behaviours.

Louise Mason
Research Coordinator

Louise Mason recently graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours with a focus on forensic psychology. Louise is very interested in the psychological development in children and youth while using social media to the research team's advantage. She has experience in psychometric rating, recruitment, and study coordination. She is excited to be joining the PROSIT Lab Team and contributing to projects she values.

Clinic Team

The clinical team includes over 15 child and adolescent psychiatrists with a wealth of experience and expertise in patient care, education, research and advocacy.

Lab Alumni

Alyssa Forbes


Previous Research Assistant

Alanna Kaser


Previous Research Assistant

Hailey Burns


Previous Master's Student

Sana Sheikh


Previous Research Assistant

Chloë Fuller


Previous Research Assistant

Lillea Hohn


Previous Research Assistant

Kola Adesalu


Previous Research Assistant

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