Western University experts available to comment on the back-to-school transition, fall respiratory infections, Greenbelt development and Atlantic hurricanes

Western University has experts available on a range of topics from back-to-school worries, respiratory illnesses, the Greenbelt development, and Atlantic hurricanes.

 September 06, 2023

 September 06, 2023

Back to school

Katelyn Bryant
Assistant Director, Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic

Areas of expertise: Parental concerns about learning, neurodevelopmental differences such as learning difficulties, autism, developmental disabilities and supporting children with challenging behaviour.

Emma Duerden
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education; Brain and Mind Institute

Areas of expertise: Screen time and mental health, cognition and behaviour, child development.

Colin King
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education; Director, Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic

Areas of expertise: School and child clinical psychologist, back-to-school worries, social anxieties, assessment and intervention practices.

Fall respiratory infections

Dr. Nitin Mohan
Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Master of Public Health and Global Health Systems

Areas of expertise: Public health epidemiology, public health policy, masking and vaccine guidance, RSV and flu.

Greenbelt development

Diane-Laure Arjalies
Associate Professor, Ivey Business School; Centre for Building Sustainable Value

Areas of expertise: Impact of developing the Greenbelt, responsible investment, channeling of capital towards the protection of ecosystems, founder of the Sustainable Finance Lab.

Zack Taylor
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Founding Director, Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance

Areas of expertise: Queen’s Park and provincial politics, city planning and development, urban political economy, and political geography.  

Atlantic hurricanes

Gordon McBean
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography and Environment

Areas of expertise: Climate change and hurricanes, oceanography, climate change science and policy, natural hazards-prediction and mitigation, weather and environmental prediction systems.

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