Experts available to speak on topics related to lifting of mask mandates

A child in a medical mask during the coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

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.

David J.A. Dozois

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.

Colin King

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.

Dr. Nitin Mohan

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

Maxwell Smith

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.

Marnie Wedlake

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.


Max Martin, Media Relations Officer, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, 519.709.3931,

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