Leah Crowell completed her bachelors in Child & Youth Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University and masters in Sociology at Dalhousie University. She has worked with young people for the past 15 years and is passionate about the need for trauma informed approaches and meaningful and proactive services, supports, and programs to assist in the healthy development of resilient children, youth, and young adults.
While studying she worked as a part time teaching assistant, research assistant, and educational program assistant. Prior to joining the RYSE project team Leah worked on two research projects that examined different aspects / impacts of young people involved with the criminal justice system. Previous to working with young people Leah managed the daily operations of two entrepreneurial projects, and was also a manager in technical support and training roles. Leah is a regular volunteer in Nova Scotia’s Restorative Justice program, as a Board Member and as an active participant in restorative justices circles, and co-founder and volunteer of MOMS Halifax, a support group for family members of incarcerated persons. Her research interests include: social and emotional development, fostering resiliency, relational and restorative practices in CYS, the developmental needs of youth and young adults, the impact societal attitudes, social environments, and social relationships have on developing youth and young adults, and the influence technology and social media has on young peoples’ developing social and emotional health.