Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology

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


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

With Canadian universities beginning the Winter 2021 remote semester, Global News investigated further into the overall morale of post-secondary students with regard to COVID fatigue. McGill ECP's Dr. Nancy Heath and PhD candidate Stephanie Zito (McGill M.Ed '20) were both featured as part of the news piece:


The following is a series of McGill-associated excerpts from "Morale at an 'all-time low': Post-secondary students grapple with COVID fatigue":


Classified as: mental health
Published on: 12 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.

Classified as: sleep, mothers, fathers, children, babies, first-time, experienced, Samantha Kenny, Marie-Hélène Pennestri
Published on: 12 Jan 2021

Some Canadians are choosing to leave their Christmas lights on a little longer this year in a bid to keep the holiday cheer going during these dark times. Dr. Tina C. Montreuil, Assistant Professor for McGill Educational and Counselling Psychology, says the lights can really bring a boost to morale during trying times. “Hope is an essential ingredient of resilience,” she said. “One of the only really true ways that we can sustain the ongoing restrictions is to holding onto some level of hope.”

Published on: 7 Jan 2021

Karissa Leduc, a doctoral candidate in the Human Development Program, was awarded the American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award. This award is given to doctoral students to support costs associated to research projects that reflect excellence in scientific psychology.

Karissa's dissertation research explores the impact of parent-child conversations about cyberbullying on children's and adolescents' behaviours and beliefs about responsible online social interactions.

Published on: 11 Dec 2020

Two donations, one from the estate of Mary Marsh and another from The Molson Foundation, will support students and spur innovations in pedagogy.

At a time when school teachers everywhere are being challenged by the second wave of the pandemic and by technological advances that are changing where, when and how students learn, McGill’s Faculty of Education is pleased to announce over $7 million in new philanthropic support through a pair of generous gifts from longstanding donors.

Published on: 9 Dec 2020

They may not know it yet, but McGill’s student teachers are getting a big boost from a kindred spirit.

The late Mary Marsh, DipEd’42, a Grade 1 teacher at Rosedale School in Montreal for most of her career, has left more than $4.8 million in her will to support students in the Faculty of Education through a suite of awards – an investment that couldn’t have come at a better time for a profession deeply marked by the pandemic.

Published on: 9 Dec 2020


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