Welcome to the ASPIRE Lab
at TMU!

About us

Welcome to the Adolescent Social Processes and Interpersonal Relationships (ASPIRE) Lab. The ASPIRE Lab is directed by Dr. Ryan Persram and housed in the Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Our aim is to conduct rigorous, responsible research to understand the correlates and consequences associated with youth social relationships and their subsequent development and well-being.

Announcements & updates


March 13, 2024

The ASPIRE Lab was recently part of a project with the LERID team at Concordia University and researchers at the...

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Thesis Proposal Presentations

December 6, 2023

Congratulations to our two undergraduate thesis students, Leonette and Ashley, on giving fantastic presentations about their proposed studies! For her...

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The 2023-2024 ASPIRE Lab Team

November 10, 2023

The ASPIRE Lab’s first group picture!

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Get Involved

Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Persram supervises graduate students in both the  clinical and psychological science graduate programs.


Dr. Persram is reviewing applications for MA-level students for Fall 2025 admission to Toronto Metropolitan University’s Psychology Program (Clinical or Psychological Science).


Please note that in order to ensure that all applicants receive equal and fair consideration, Dr. Persram does not respond to inquiries for meeting requests to discuss applying to graduate school under his supervision.

Prospective RAs / Thesis Students


The ASPIRE Lab regularly reviews applications for research assistants for various ongoing research projects and final year thesis projects. 


Please note that RA-ships are typically prioritized for current TMU students. Students who have graduated from TMU or are from other universities are welcome to apply; however, available spots are not guaranteed.


Please  visit our Contact Us page, fill out the online form, and attach your (a) CV and (b) unofficial transcript if you are interested in getting involved in the lab.

Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows


If you are interested in applying as a Postdoctoral Fellow via one of the external agencies (e.g., SSHRC), please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Persram (ryan.persram@torontomu.ca).


Please note that prospective Postdoctoral Fellows should hold a PhD in either Psychology or Human Development.