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It’s a stressful time for everyone as students, parents and teachers head back to school.

Social anxiety

Tina Montreuil, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

Professor Montreuil is the Director of Childhood Anxiety and Regulation of Emotions Laboratory (C.A.R.E.) Research Group at McGill. She can talk about social anxiety in children and how parents can help their children overcome anxiety.

Tina.montreuil [at] mcgill.ca (English, French)

Stress management

Nancy Heath, James McGill Professor, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University.

Professor Heath can speak about stress management particularly in the later elementary years and high school or CEGEP/University. She worked, presented, published and currently has a grant to teach mindfulness based stress management to high school students. She has developed two workshops for educators (one at the high school level, and one at the elementary level) on how to manage anxiety.

Contact: nancy.heath [at] mcgill.ca. (English)

Resiliency, mental health & anxiety

Steven Shaw, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

Professor Shaw is the Director of the Resilience, Pediatric Psychology, and Neurogenetics Connections Lab. His general interest are in the intersection between schooling and mental health. He can speak about adjusting to going back to school, the importance of sleep, building resiliency, improving home/school communication and promoting positive relationship between teachers and students.

steven.shaw [at] mcgill.ca (English)

Teacher stress and support

Lee Schaefer, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University

Professor Schaefer can speak about the support teachers should receive at the beginning of the school year and the stress associated with the process of going back to school.

lee.schaefer [at] mcgill.ca (English)

Early childhood educator

Sheryl Smith-Gilman, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

Dr. Gilman is an education expert who focusses on young children (ages 2-6).

sheryl.smithgilman [at] mcgill.ca (English)

Youth mental health

Jai Shah, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Jai Shah is the Associate Director of the Program for Prevention and Early Intervention in Psychosis (PEPP-Montréal) in Montréal, Canada. His clinical and research work spans across youth mental health, severe mental illness (especially psychosis), and the design and development of early intervention services. He is also involved in ACCESS Open Minds, a major youth mental health service transformation initiative taking place in six provinces and territories across Canada.

jai.shah [at] mcgill.ca (English) Limited availability

Sleep deprivation

Reut Gruber, Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Professor Gruber studies sleep deprivation and its consequences to our health and daytime functioning. She is examining the association between sleep and attention in infants, toddlers, children and adolescents, the role of sleep in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the genetics of sleep.

reut.gruber [at] mcgill.ca (English)

Newcomer and minority integration

Nate Fuks, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

Dr. Fuks is the Director of the Psychoeducational & Counselling Clinic and the Director of Clinical Training in Counselling Psychology. Dr. Fuks specializes in working with LGBTQ people, immigrants, refugees, and ethnic minorities.

nate.fuks [at] mcgill.ca (English)

Adolescents and suicide

Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Dr. Geoffroy researches the prevalence of suicide and suicidal behaviour in Canada and works to identify risk factors occurring at different stages of life, from child-to adulthood.

marie-claude.geoffroy [at] mcgill.ca (English, French)

Eating disorders

Howard Steiger, Professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University

Professor Steiger is the Program Chief of the Eating Disorders Program at the Douglas Institute. He can talk about the various factors underlying eating disorders such as stressful life experiences, and genetic and epigenetic factors.

Howard.Steiger.COMTL [at] ssss.gouv.qc.ca (English, French)

Gambling addiction

Jeffrey Derevensky, James McGill Professor, Chair - Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

Professor Derevensky’s research is focused on child and adolescent high-risk behaviors such as gambling. He is actively involved in a variety of research, treatment, and prevention products.

jeffrey.derevensky [at] mcgill.ca (English)

Contact Information

Contact: 
Vincent Allaire
Organization: 
McGill University
Email: 
vincent.allaire [at] mcgill.ca
Office Phone: 
514-398-6693
Mobile Phone: 
514-704-6693

Secondary Contact Information

Contact: 
Mona Noonoo
Organization: 
McGill University
Secondary Email: 
mona.noonoo [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Office Phone: 
514-398-5668