Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology

A new partnership between McGill’s Faculty of Education and Trafalgar School for Girls – known as the CoLab – aims to advance collaborative research that will address the evolving needs of both educators and students. Unlike traditional laboratory schools at Oxford, Columbia, UCLA and the University of Chicago, which operate as an adjunct to a university, this new venture will be a true partnership, the first of its kind in Canada.

Published on: 9 Dec 2020

Parents shouldn’t worry about their baby’s inconsistent sleep patterns

Study of 44 infants finds that half never slept 8 hours consecutively


Published on: 3 Dec 2020

New parents often expect their baby to start sleeping through the night around the time they reach six months of age. But according to a new study led by Professor Marie-Hélène Pennestri, parents should view sleep consolidation as a process, instead of a milestone to be achieved at a specific age. Tracking 44 infants over a period of two weeks, she found that sleeping patterns vary greatly – not only for different babies, but also night to night for the same baby.

Classified as: infant, Baby, sleep, parents, sleeping through the night, sleep consolidation, Marie‑Hélène Pennestri
Published on: 2 Dec 2020

Dr. Tina Montreuil, of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, was interviewed by Global News on how Quebec families are reporting increases in stress as the second wave of the pandemic continues, and how a focus on self-care is one of the effective ways to deal with the issue.

Watch her interview or read the full article here:

Published on: 20 Nov 2020

Bassam Khoury, Assistant Professor of the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology, was interviewed in the Association of Psychological Science (APS) Observer journal in "Careers Up Close: Bassam Khoury on How Mindfulness Breeds Compassion".

Read the full article and interview here:

Published on: 18 Nov 2020

For fourth-year B.Ed. students approaching the end of their programs, knowing what path to take after graduation can be challenging. Whereas many B.Ed. grads are eager to pursue careers in teaching, training, pedagogy, youth programming, or other employment sectors, others may not feel ready to join the job market just yet. Some students may want to broaden their knowledge and skillsets, become more specialized, or expand their career opportunities.


Published on: 18 Nov 2020

Have you wondered what small actions you can take to enhance student wellness in your remote courses? Professor Nancy Heath and her team recently created the resource Enhancing Student Wellness: Simple Tips for Instructors, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services and the Wellness Hub. The resource describes simple, easy to implement activities that can make a big difference to students in your course.  

Published on: 12 Nov 2020

A lot of parents are expressing concern with the amount of time their kids are spending on screens, especially during the pandemic since some kids are having to attend school from home. Is all screen time bad for children and teens?

Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology Chair, Dr. Victoria Talwar, was interviewed by CTV News Montreal to give her expert advice.

Watch the video interview here: CTVNews/VictoriaTalwar

Published on: 9 Nov 2020

PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Monica Paraghamian, (supervisor Dr. Bronwen Low) was featured in The Montreal Gazette with her Op-Ed piece, A Safe Environment for Learning Involves More Than Cleaning.

Monica gives us the inside view of the daily stresses being faced by Quebec elementary and high school teachers and provides suggestions for the provincial government.

Published on: 5 Nov 2020

Faculty of Education AV Loans Service Update

Please be aware that that AV Loan Service pickup and return service hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in room 328 of the Education Building (3700 MacTavish). To reserve any equipment, please follow these protocols:


Step #1: Reserve Equipment

Published on: 2 Nov 2020

Dr. Victoria Talwar, from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, was featured in a Globe and Mail article discussing how much entertainment screen time children should have to balance shared activity time with family members.

Published on: 29 Oct 2020

The Montreal Gazette shines a spotlight on Dr. Adam Dubé, Dr. Victoria Talwar, and Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, from ECP, and their upcoming Effective Parenting event.  Each will give a talk and Q&A session about the challenges of parenting in the digital age.

Dr. Dubé will discuss the impact of remote learning and will provide resources that can help children with learning difficulties.

Dr. Talwar will discuss the pros and cons of social media. She will also address cyberbullying and internet surfing.

Published on: 21 Oct 2020

For many parents, figuring out how to get children to disconnect from screens can be a frustrating, daily challenge.  But is it all bad? How concerned should parents be about excessive screen time and kids? This fall, McGill’s Department of Educational Counselling Psychology will be hosting a virtual series of three weekly lectures that will address the best ways for parents to raise kids in the digital age — all for free. 


Published on: 15 Oct 2020

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2020

McGill’s Faculty of Education is committed to enhancing mental health resilience at McGill and beyond.

Learn more about what you can do for stress-management through our materials for students:

Published on: 9 Oct 2020


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