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Nurturing the Seed of Infinite Potentialities in Every Child

Tina is the Director of the Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention (SEDI Lab). She is registered clinical child psychologist and a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Tina’s research focuses on social-emotional development and mental health in children experiencing varying levels of adversity. She and her team work closely with local and international communities and agencies to provide research-informed knowledge and develop and test interventions that can help nurture the development, wellbeing, and potential for kindness in children from all walks of life. You can read more about Tina’s research here.

Tina likes the artist Paul Klee, especially his works that features angels.




Principal Investigator


Chanel is the project lead for pip o. She oversees knowledge translation and community engagement initiatives at the SEDI Lab. Chanel has worked with children and families for over 20 years in schools and EarlyON Child and Family Centres. One of her favourite things to do is gathering natural materials and unique art supplies to invite children (and grown ups!) to create and enjoy process art and fun art projects together. She believes that every child is an artist and that art can be a healthy and therapeutic way to express feelings, give wings to ideas, and bring people together.


Project Manager



Art Director



Project Assistant



Pei-Yu Chang is the art director for pip o. She is an illustrator, author, college lecturer and translator based in Münster, Germany, originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She illustrates, writes and translates for small and big people. The pip o. Project is her collaboration with the Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention (SEDI Lab) at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She provides creative concepts and visual representation to promote core research findings to children, young adults, and their parents and educators. As a kid grown up in her family’s printing factory, she loved to collect the leftover scraps of paper and other materials for her artworks. The smell of paper and ink mixed in the air reminds her of home.



Bisma is a fifth-year student at the University of Toronto who is studying Health Studies and Biomedical Ethics. In her role as a work-study student on the pip o. Project, Bisma helps to edit the PIP Gazette magazine and assists in coordinating our community arts workshops for children. She enjoys going to the gym and getting exercise and likes to have movie marathons with her cousins in her free-time (which is a type of marathon she doesn’t have to train in the gym for!)


Team Members:

 Ruth Speidel

Melis Yavuz-Müren

Michelle Melvin

Hagar Saleh

Isabella Vreux

Samira Karimova

Chris Dippel

Former team members:

Anastasiya Gordiychuk, Tyler Colasante, Redab Al-Janaideh

We are grateful for our community members and partners and our team who have contributed their talents, knowledge, and enthusiastic support for this project. Thank you!

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