Bell Let’s Talk: Western University experts available to speak on variety of mental health topics

On Jan. 26, Canada’s largest fundraising campaign for mental health awareness will spark conversations related to mental health issues across the nation.

The following experts from Western University are available to media for comment on a wide range of mental health topics.

Jessica Grahn, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Western University

Areas of Expertise: The effects of music on emotions, moods and movement, the effects of music on cognition.

Abe Oudshoorn, Associate Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University

Areas of Expertise: Mental health equity, nursing leadership and health equity, awareness vs. action, homelessness prevention, poverty and health.

Julie Aitken Schermer, Professor, Department of Psychology, DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies, Western University

Areas of Expertise: Loneliness, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on feelings of loneliness, personality, vocational Interests.

David J.A. Dozois, Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Director of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program, Western University

Areas of Expertise: Causes and treatment of depression, treatment of anxiety, coping strategies, effective treatments, pandemic effect on depression and anxiety.

Paul Frewen, Associate Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Faculty of Social Sciences, Western University

Areas of Expertise: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), psychological trauma, sense of self, meditation, neurofeedback.

Lindsay Bodell, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Clinical Science and Psychopathology, Western University

Areas of Expertise: Eating disorders, overlap between eating disorders and suicidal behaviors, body image, weight-control behaviours.

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interest of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

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