Dr. Nancy Lee Heath

Academic title(s): 

Distinguished James McGill Professor | Director, Development and Intrapersonal Resilience Research (DAIR) Team | Co-Founder/Co-Director, Self-Injury Outreach and Support (SiOS) | Associate Member, Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW)

Dr. Nancy Lee Heath
Contact Information
Email address: 
nancy.heath [at] mcgill.ca

Education Building
3700 rue McTavish
Montréal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Professional activities: 

Research Partner, Centre of Excellence for Mental Health (CEMH), Lester B. Pearson School Board

Mental Health, Intervention & Psychopathology
Areas of expertise: 
  • Building mental health resilience in educational settings
  • Mindfulness
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Emotion regulation
  • Student stress and coping

Dr. Nancy Heath is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) and holds the award title of Distinguished James McGill Professor. Her research program explores resilience and adaptive functioning in young people at risk (children, adolescents, and young adults) and she is an international leader on non-suicidal self-injury. She is a founding member and Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS), and the recipient of the Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education’s Mentorship Award in recognition of her outstanding support for graduate students. She has published and presented extensively on topics related to mental health and resilience in educational settings and has worked in collaboration with schools for more than 25 years. Dr. Heath has received generous funding in research grants from provincial, national, international, and foundational agencies.

Dr. Heath's research team is committed to conducting both applied and basic research addressing issues of mental health resilience in students of all ages. They focus on issues related to mental health in elementary, secondary, post-secondary educational settings; examining emotion regulatory difficulties, stress, coping, mindfulness and non-suicidal self-injury. They are very committed to outreach and support of youth/young adults who are struggling. To this end, the team provides workshops and online outreach and training around issues related to students’ mental health and wellness at every age. We commonly use participatory action research approaches, working together as equals with community-based partners and those with lived experience of mental health challenges and/or self-injury. 

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • PhD, Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada
  • M.Ed., Counselling Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • BA, Psychology, McGill University, Canada
Prizes and Awards: 
James McGill Professor
Selected publications: 
  • Heath, N. L., & Carsley, D. (2018, August).Mindfulness for maximizing potential and managing stress in leadership contexts.Workshop presented to the Eastern Townships School Board Management Team, Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB), Magog, QC.
  • Simundic, A., Etoubashi, N., De Riggi, M. E., Argento, A., & Heath, N. L. (2018, August).Coping self-efficacy and perceived stress as predictors of non-suicidal self-injury. Poster session presented at the 126th Annual American Psychological Association (APA) Convention, San Francisco, California, USA
  • De Riggi, M., Argento, A., Heath, N. L., & Lewis, S. (2018, July).Helping school administrators respond to non-suicidal self-injury: Best practice guidelines.Professional development workshop presented to school administrators attending the English Association of Administrators of Western Quebec (EAAWQ) Summer Institute on Mental Health at Calabogie Peaks Resort in Calabogie, On.
  • Argento, A., Mills, D. J., Mettler, J., & Heath, N. L. (2018, June).Identifying gamers and video game users.Poster session presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.
  • Carsley, D., Heath, N. L., & Argento A. (2018, June).The role of mindfulness colouring, gender, and dispositional mindfulness on high school students’ experiences of test anxiety and state mindfulness. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.
  • Carsley, D., Khoury, B., & Heath, N. L. (2018, June).A comprehensive meta-analysis of school-based mindfulness interventions for children and adolescents: Contribution of individual differences and intervention characteristics.GIMME-5 spoken presentation session presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.
  • M.A. Human Development
  • Ph.D. Human Development
  • M.Ed. Concentrations in Educational Psychology
  • M.A. School/Applied Child Psychology
  • Ph.D. School/Applied Child Psychology
Graduate supervision: 

Not accepting students for 2023-24

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