Centre for School Mental Health

Awards

Awarded annually in June to a graduate student in the Faculty of Education based on academic achievement and research on violence prevention and student well-being in schools. The award will be adjudicated annually by an adjudication committee that will consist of: Claire Crooks, Ray Hughes, Peter Jaffe and Dave Wolfe and will select awardees based on merit according to award terms.

Dr. David Wolfe is a Senior Research Scholar and Professor with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the Faculty of Education at Western University. He held the inaugural RBC Chair in Children’s Mental Health from 2002 to 2012 and served as Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Wolfe is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, past President of Division 37 (Child, Youth, and Family Services), and received a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is a recipient of the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science from the Canadian Psychological Association and the Blanche L. Ittleson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Delivery of Children’s Services and the Promotion of Children’s Mental Health from the American Orthopsychiatry Association. He has provided extensive assessment and consultation to child protective services, schools, and the courts with respect to issues of child abuse and violence.

Value at: $1,500.00

Effective:  2015-2016 to 2018 (Funded by Operating)

2016 - Caely Dunlop

  • Congratulations to Caely Dunlop who has been awarded the David Wolfe Scholarship in Research on Violence Prevention. Caely is completing her MA in Applied Psychology at the Faculty of Education this month. Over the past two years she has connected directly with facilitators and youth across Ontario and the Northwest Territories to gain their perspectives on healthy relationship programming. Caely's contributions to academic publications, stakeholder reports, and knowledge mobilization efforts in the areas of school mental health and interpersonal violence have demonstrated her passion and dedication to research on violence prevention and student well-being in schools. These attributes are supported through receipt of this new award created by the Fourth R Team in recognition of Dr. David Wolfe. For the past 35 years he has shared this same drive to advance knowledge and extend support strategies on children's mental health. His extensive assessment and consultation to child protective services, schools, and the courts with respect to issues of child abuse and violence are exemplary and ongoing.

    Caely Dunlop will return in the fall to further pursue her passion for violence prevention and mental health promotion among children and youth when she begins her PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology. Keep up the great work Caely!




Awarded annually in June to a pre-service teacher in the Faculty of Education who has demonstrated innovative practices in violence prevention curriculum or programming in schools. The award will be adjudicated annually by an adjudication committee that will consist of: Claire Crooks, Ray Hughes, Peter Jaffe and Dave Wolfe and will select awardees based on merit according to award terms.

Ray Hughes is the National Coordinator for the 4thR program with the Centre for School Mental Health at the Faculty of Education at Western University. He had a distinguished career in education with over 35 years of experience as a teacher, Department Head, university lecturer, and consultant. Ray was involved in coordinating the implementation of violence prevention programs for 190 schools and 80,000 students in his position as the Learning Coordinator for Violence Prevention with the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario. He was also a member of the Ontario Safe Schools Action Team, whose mandate was to draw on best practices from across Ontario and to advise the Minister of Education on all aspects of school safety. Ray continues to provide regular professional development to superintendents, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students on violence prevention and safe schools initiatives. He has developed and implemented school-based programs related to substance abuse, domestic violence, gender equity, dating violence, human sexuality, interpersonal violence, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention. Ray has also developed a safe schools course for teacher candidates in Faculties of Education.

Value at: $1,500.00

Effective:  2015-2016 to 2018 (Funded by Operating)

2016 - Adam Manery

  • Congratulations to Adam Manery who has been awarded the Ray Hughes Scholarship on Innovation Practices in Violence Prevention. Adam is enrolled in the new two-year Bachelor of Education program, studying to become an Intermediate/Senior teacher in the History and Social Sciences disciplines. Last year Adam moved from Alberta to pursue the opportunity to join a cohort that specializes in the Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion, and Mental Health. The passion to enact positive and long-lasting change in schools as an educator is alive in Adam and this is recognized by the new Ray Hughes award. As the National Coordinator for the 4th R program with the Centre for School Mental Health at the Faculty of Education, Ray continues to model the epitome of leadership for violence prevention in schools. His ability to reach superintendents, school administrators, teachers, parents and students to deliver meaningful training programs that influence behaviour and policy change is truly commendable.

    Congratulations Adam on winning this distinguished award!