Western University experts available for comment on back-to-school anxiety

Back-to-school stress affects thousands of students and parents each year. With only one week of summer remaining and school bells across the region about to signal the start of another school year, anxiety levels among some students and parents are once again on the rise.

The following education experts from Western University are available to media for commentary on the many potential sources of these stresses, and for advice on how parents and students can deal with anxieties related to heading back to school.

Jacqueline A. Specht, Professor, Faculty of Education

Areas of expertise: inclusive education; students with exceptionalities; participation of children in the school system; teacher/student experiences in diverse classrooms

Isha DeCoito, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

Areas of expertise: scientific and technological literacy; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; international education

Michael Kehler, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Areas of expertise: masculinities; body image and sociology of the body; boys education; physical education

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, Western University, 519-661-2111 x85283, sledgley@uwo.ca


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