Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology

While kids may be resilient, the pandemic is testing the limits of that resilience.

Children and teens are dealing with a toxic cocktail of stressors and it's hurting them. According to a study from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, 70 percent of children and youth surveyed experienced a deterioration of mental health in the first wave of the pandemic.

Published on: 26 Feb 2021

Language is the building blocks of literacy. In this project, we aim to find out the relationship between ability to understand from spoken language and text in bilingual children, adolescents, and adults.

McGill researcher, Dr. Gigi Luk at Educational and Counselling Psychology, is looking for children (ages 6-9) and adolescents (ages 12-15) to understand how language and reading are related and develop in bilingual individuals.

Classified as: call for submissions
Published on: 25 Feb 2021

Every new parent knows that their sleep suffers when they have children, and there’s evidence that may not get better for a while. However, a study led by Marie-Hélène Pennestri, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, on parents and sleep, showed no association between interrupted sleep and later cognitive or physical development problems.

Published on: 12 Feb 2021

Dr. Nancy Heath, of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, was recently interviewed on CBC Radio Noon Quebec with Shawn Apel, about students' needs of social connections and their mental health.

Lack of these connections is a key part of mental health, and though not all students feel that classrooms are a safe way to keep these connections, Dr. Heath wonders if there are outside options that would give young people a safer way to connect while maintaining distancing to rebuild their normal connections.

Published on: 9 Feb 2021

Many of us have not been on campus for some time, and I’m sure there are new members of our Faculty who have yet to experience life on-campus. Please be reminded that it is still possible to pick up items and conduct small-scale activities on campus, but take note that we require three business days to process requests.

Published on: 9 Feb 2021

Dr. Tina Montreuil, from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, recently wrote an article in the national online newspaper The Conversation on parenting in a pandemic and how to develop stronger family relationships during COVID-19.

 

Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/parenting-in-a-pandemic

 

 

Published on: 5 Feb 2021

It’s no secret that students have had a very tough time during this COVID-19 pandemic.

A new study by McGill University and the University of Toronto found that students who've never had mental health issues now find themselves in greater distress.

Classified as: mental health
Published on: 29 Jan 2021

Teen suicide prevention during COVID-19: How parents and kids can have honest and safe conversations

“School or no school, it won’t matter.”

“Young people’s issues are minor compared to those of adults.”

As researchers concerned with suicide prevention in youth, we sometimes hear people express sentiments like these about young people in the pandemic. But socialization is an important part of growing up. As much as COVID-19 has affected adults, it may affect children and teens even more.

Published on: 28 Jan 2021

Discover 7 Essential Principles of Great Teaching

The most effective teachers are those who are both purposeful and intentional in their daily work. Built on seven well-researched principles, this resource outlines how new and veteran teachers can thoughtfully cultivate a rich learning environment conducive to the success of every student.

"Any teacher at any stage of teaching has the power to turn things around and begin leading their students toward academic growth.”
— Teaching With Purpose

Benefits:

Published on: 26 Jan 2021

Mothers with multiple children report more fragmented sleep than mothers of a single child, but the number of children in a family doesn't seem to affect the quality of sleep for fathers, according to a study from McGill University.

Published on: 25 Jan 2021

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed January 24 as the International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. The theme of the 3rd International Day of Education is ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’. Now is the time to power education by stepping up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the center of the recovery. (UNESCO)

 

Classified as: international day of education
Published on: 22 Jan 2021

As we continue to navigate pandemic life, the question of "healthy screen time" continues to be debated, particularly concerning child users. Screen time has helped provide a useful social outlet when face-to-face interactions are so limited but do parents have a cause for concern?

Published on: 18 Jan 2021

Children’s screen time has long been a contentious issue for the modern parent. The situation has become more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published on: 15 Jan 2021

From McGill Office of Sustainability: 

The Green Labs Expansion is a $50,000 envelope of SPF funding to assist labs on McGill campuses to adopt sustainable best practices learned from previous Sustainability Projects Fund projects. Approved funding will be available to teams for one year to assist them in creating a proof of concept to secure long-term funding for these practices.

Classified as: Sustainability
Published on: 13 Jan 2021

McGill Education and the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) are proud to announce that the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) board has elected ECP's Professor Ada L. Sincore as President for 2021-2022. The CPA posted the following announcement, highlighting Professor Sinacore:

Published on: 12 Jan 2021

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