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Substance Use & Health in Emerging Adults

The SHEA Lab is an interdisciplinary Research Lab based at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Our team is dedicated to enhancing health and wellness in emerging adulthood, advancing evidence-based policy and practice, and supporting safer substance use.

Exploring New Ideas

We focus on understanding the patterns and underlying mechanisms of substance abuse and health in emerging adults. We are located in the Annex building at Saint Francis Xavier University where we are proud to have established a collaborative and open-minded Research Lab comprised of faculty, staff and students.


Current Research

Our research involves the exploration of topics and themes that we believe could support change in policy and practice.

Read on to find out more about our latest work.

5 Years

UniVenture is a 5-year research partnership testing, adapting, and sharing a wellness program for undergraduates across 5 Canadian universities.

2 Years

The Sex and Cannabis Study is concerned with finding sex and gender differences in modes of consumption, and the implications of those differences. 

2 Years

The goal of CAPP is to create an evidence-based framework to evaluate and inform alcohol policy development at post-secondary institutions.

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Past Research

We are proud to showcase the findings of previous research members of our lab have been involved in. We believe our efforts and contributions serve as important stepping stones to developing a better understanding of emerging adults, substance use and health.

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