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Jan. 30, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – Bell Let’s Talk Day is on Jan. 31. Wilfrid Laurier University has a number of experts available to speak about mental health and related issues.

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: 519.884.0710 x3900 or

Danielle Law, associate 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: Read about Law’s research on cyberbullying.

Amy Clements-Cortes, instructor in Laurier’s Music Therapy program, is a registered psychotherapist and music therapist. She 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. Contact: 519.897.3613 (cell) or

Carolyn FitzGerald, assistant professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Education, is 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: or 519.884.0710 x4198.

Jennifer Lavoie, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Criminology, is an expert on mental health, policing, violence and victimization. Her current research explores how police officers and mobile crisis teams respond to mental health crisis in the community. Contact: 519.756.8228 ext. 5366 or Read about Lavoie’s work helping police respond to people with mental health issues.

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 research has explored topics of children and families affected by war and the well-being and mobility of children living in refugee camps. Contact: 519.761.8022 or Read about Akesson’s research on the challenges facing Syrian refugee parents.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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