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April 25, 2017

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Waterloo – The Canadian Mental Health Association is celebrating its 66th annual Mental Health Week May 1-7 to raise awareness and support for mental health issues.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on mental health:

Amy Clements-Cortes, instructor in Laurier’s Music Therapy program, is an expert on music therapy and creative arts therapies for mental health, singing for health and wellness, mental health and older adults, dementia and depression and depression in long-term care homes. Clements-Cortes also has experience working with in-patient psychology. Contact information: 519-897-3613 or

Carolyn FitzGerald, assistant professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Education, in an expert on mental health in education. FitzGerald’s research focuses on ways in which educators can offer effective programs to support the development of inclusive classrooms for Ontario’s children and youth. FitzGerald is also the coordinator of Laurier’s Mental Health Issues in the Classroom certificate. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext. 4198 or

Amy Milne-Smith, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of History, is an expert on the history of mental health, particularly in Victorian Britain and Europe. Milne-Smith is available to comment on the history of stigmas about mental health, the rise and fall of the asylum, mental health and crime, and the evolution of diagnostics including the creation of disease (i.e. hysteria). Contact information:

Geoffrey Nelson, professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on homelessness and serious mental illness. Nelson has also researched the prevention of children's mental health problems. Contact information:

Michael Woodford, associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ youth. Woodford’s research explores how contemporary discrimination can increase LGBTQ youth's risk for poor mental health and other negative outcomes, as well as the factors that can foster their resilience to discrimination. Contact information: 519-998-4514 or

Danielle Law, assistant professor in Laurier’s Youth and Children’s Studies and Psychology programs, is an expert on cyberbullying and responsible Internet use. Law’s research examines how children and adolescents develop cognitively and socio-emotionally as they interact and socialize using various technologies. Contact information:

Renée MacPhee, associate professor in Laurier’s Health Sciences and Kinesiology and Physical Education departments, is an expert on the mental health and wellbeing of paramedics. Contact information: 519-884-0710 x2754 or

Bree Akesson, assistant professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on psychosocial effects of war and disaster on children and families. Her current research, along with Geography Professor Sean Doherty, includes a SSHRC-funded research project focusing on the well-being and mobility of children living in refugee camps. Contact information: 519-761-8022 or

Jennifer Lavoie, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Criminology, is an expert on mental health, policing, and violence and victimization. Her research explores the nexus between mental illness and community safety. Contact information: 519-756-8228 ext. 5366 or

Laurie A. Manwell, instructor in Laurier’s Faculty of Science, is an expert on addiction and mental health, behavioural neuroscience and toxicology, and psychopharmacology. Contact information: 519.884.0710 x3900 or

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