Biography: Marcia Boyce is an experienced education management leader who has held senior positions within higher education and the private sector with expertise in strategic change leadership, innovative program development, and talent engagement. Marcia holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo as well as the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.
Michelle Del VastoAdministrative Assistant
Biography: Michelle Del Vasto joined the Centre for School Mental Health in May 2015 as an administrative assistant bringing with her experience in customer service and business administration. Previously, Michelle worked as a Program Representative at Western Continuing Studies for over 2 years. Michelle graduated from Fanshawe College from Business Marketing and Business Administration Marketing and is currently working on completing her Professional Development Certificate in Leadership at Continuing Studies as well as her Undergraduate Degree at Western University.
Carrie WatersAdministrative Assistant, The Fourth R
Biography: Carrie Waters joined the Centre for School Mental Health team as an administrative assistant in August 2015. She brings with her extensive administrative and project coordination experience from CAMH - Centre for Prevention Science, Thames Valley District School Board, and multiple years in the business sector. Carrie is the Administrative Assistant for The Fourth R, an evidence-based program promoting healthy adolescent relationships and reducing risk behaviours.
Susan DaleProgram Development and Implementation Coordinator, The Fourth R
Biography: Susan Dale has 19 years of experience in education as a Teacher, Department Head, and Learning Coordinator. She was the Learning Coordinator for Safe Schools in the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario for 10 years. In this role, she provided professional development to superintendents, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students on general information related to bullying and various Safe Schools programs. Susan is also a Master Trainer for the Fourth R Program, as well as a certified TRIBES Trainer for her school board. She has trained teachers to integrate safe schools issues within the curriculum and has helped them to create cultures of caring within their classrooms. Susan is currently seconded to the Centre for School Mental Health as the Fourth R's Program Development and Implementation Coordinator.
Natalia LapshinaResearch Associate
Biography: Natalia has completed her Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on migration and ethnic relations. Her research focuses on attitudes towards immigrants with various cultural backgrounds, and tests strategies for ameliorating negative effects. Additional lines of Natalia's research are related to mental health and service provision to immigrants and ethnic minorities in Canada. At the Centre for School Mental Health Natalia is working with Dr. Shannon Stewart on a development of the interRAI Child and Youth mental health suite of instruments, which aims to improve care for vulnerable populations. She is also assisting Dr. Claire Crooks in evaluating the Healthy Relationships Plus Program that promotes mental health and wellbeing of school-aged children and youth. Prior to her position at Western, Natalia worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on an evaluation of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Canada mentoring program in terms of child and youth mental health outcomes. Her prior experience also includes Senior Research Data Analyst position at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, and school psychologist and mental health and addictions counsellor in Russia.
Debbie ChiodoResearch Associate
Biography: Debbie joins the Centre for School Mental Health part-time as a Research Associate seconded from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's (CAMH) Provincial System Support Program. Debbie has a master's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling psychology and is part-way through the completion of a PhD in Education. For the past 12 years, Debbie has worked at CAMH where she and her colleagues have developed, implemented, and evaluated violence prevention and healthy relationship programing and initiatives for schools and communities across Canada and the United States. Working closely with schools in London, Ontario for the past 12 years, Debbie has developed collaborative, working relationships with various systems within the education sector, working closely with the Ministry of Education on several provincial initiatives, school districts, individual schools, community and parent groups, locally and provincially. Debbie works closely with the Thames Valley District School Board in various capacities from professional development for staff and parents, research and evaluation, programming support, and helping schools translate evidence into practice. She has co-authored over 35 academic articles and book chapters in the area of violence prevention, school-based programming, child welfare, and Aboriginal programming.
Yasmin GaradResearch Project Coordinator
Biography: Yasmin has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Health Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Alberta. Previously, she has worked in hospital, university, government, and non-profit settings on a variety of addictions and mental health related research projects. These projects have included service systems planning and mapping, assessing adverse effects of childhood traumatic events, and addictions outcome evaluation. Yasmin is a Research Project Coordinator with Dr. Shannon Stewart working with the interRAI suite of measures.
Andrea LappProject Coordinator
Biography: Andrea is Anishinaabe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation. She has a Bachelor of Medical Science in Biochemistry from Western University and a Certificate in Writing. Andrea is the Project Coordinator for the MindUP for Young Children Project. Prior to working at the Centre for School Mental Health, Andrea worked at the CAMH Centre for Prevention Science as a Research Assistant. Andrea has worked extensively with First Nations youth through the Uniting Our Nations suite of programs for the Fourth R. As a mentor, collaborator, writer, and research assistant she developed skills and interests in the areas of wellness, school success, and positive mental health for First Nations youth.
Mike CywinkStudent Mentor and Program Liaison, Fourth R - Uniting Our Nations
Biography: Michael Cywink, an Anishnaabe originally from Whitefish River First Nation near Manitoulin Island, has been working with FNMI youth over the last 8 years. After high school he attended Canadore College in North Bay, Ont. and eventually made his way down to London. Michael wears many different hats in his position within the community. Being a painter, softball player, basketball player, dodgeball player, mentor, volunteer, uncle, brother, cultural student, and First Nation drummer makes for a busy lifestyle. He originally had aspirations of being a police officer but after working with First Nation youth he became very passionate about helping students within the school system. Michael has been a part of the Fourth R team for 4 years now and his skill set and connection with the students is invaluable.