Ontario is the latest province to lift mask mandates in most settings, including public schools. Western University has the following experts available to speak on issues surrounding the lifting of restrictions including childhood development, reopening anxiety and public health ethics.
Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Areas of Expertise: Pandemic effect on depression and anxiety, causes and treatment of depression, treatment of anxiety, coping strategies.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Director of Child and Youth Development Clinic, Registered School and Child Clinical Psychologist
Areas of Expertise: Effects of the pandemic on childhood development and learning, school psychology, learning, behavioural and social-emotional difficulties.
Assistant professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Master of Public Health and Global Health Systems
Areas of Expertise: Mask requirements, infectious disease surveillance, data collection
Professor, School of Health Studies, Co-Director, Health Ethics, Law and Policy (HELP) Lab
Areas of Expertise: Mask requirements, public health ethics, population-level bioethics, infectious disease ethics.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Registered Psychotherapist
Areas of Expertise: Effect of reopening on the psyche, reopening anxiety, resilience and the creation of wellbeing, and post-traumatic stress injury and trauma-informed practice.
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