Dr Susan Rodger

Associate Professor


Susan Rodger is a Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at the Faculty of Education at Western University and a Research Associate at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children and the Centre for School-Based Mental Health. She works within the education and child welfare systems to enhance awareness and capacity with respect to both adult and child mental health. Her research interests include barriers to mental health treatment, mental health literacy for teachers, teacher candidates and foster care providers, and the influence of exposure to violence on learning. She is currently working on two national projects developing resources for teacher wellness and supporting child and youth mental health in schools.

Expertise Areas

In The News

Recent Publications

  • Koenig, A., Rodger, S. & Specht, J. (January 9, 2017). Educator burnout and Compassion Fatigue. Canadian Journal of School Psychology
    Doi: 10.1177/0829573516685017
  • Rodger, S., Bourdage, R.*, Hancock, K.*, Hsiang, R.*, Masters, R.*, & Leschied, A. (2016). Supporting Students: A GRADE Analysis of the Research on Student Wellness and Classroom Mental Health Support.Canadian Journal of School Psychology
    DOI: 10.1177/0829573516684069
  • Atkins, M.A. * & Rodger, S. (2016) Preservice Teacher Education for Mental Health and Inclusion in Schools. Exceptional Education International, 26, 93-118.
    Retrieved from https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/eei/vol26/iss2/6/
  • Meek, F.*, Specht, J. & Rodger, S. (2016). A mental health training format for adult education teachers. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 1-19
    DOI: 10.1177/0829573516645099
  • Rodger, S. & Leschied, A. (2016). Building Tools for Resiliency and Mental Health With Teachers and For Teachers. Physical and Health Education Journal (forthcoming)
  • Smith, J.*, Rodger, S., Brown, J., Pickel, L.* DenDunnen, W.* & Leschied, A. (2015). Comparing the experiences and withdrawal considerations of treatment and regular foster care parents: The Canadian Perspective. International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies. 6(1), 93-110.
  • Berman, H., Mason, R., Hall, J., Rodger, S, et al (2014). Laboring into mother in the context of past trauma: The transition to motherhood. Qualitative Health Research, 24(9), 1253-1264.
  • Rodger, S., et al (2014). Shaping A Mental Health Curriculum for Canada’s Schools: Rationale and a Brief Overview. Physical and Health Education Journal 80 (3), 28-29.
  • Schwean, V. & Rodger, S. (2013). Children first: It’s time to change! Mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment informed by public health, and resiliency approaches. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 28 (1), 136-166.


Teaching and Supervision

Completed Graduate Student Theses:


Atkins, M.A. (2016) Stigma and Mental Illness at a Faculty of Education


Hancock, K. (2016). An examination of emotional intelligence as a potential mediator in educator stress and burnout

Hsiang, R. (2016). Teachers’ Mental Health: The Relevance of Emotional Intelligence on Burnout and Quality of Life

Linseman, S. (2016). Teacher Mental Health: Help-Seeking and Workplace Psychological Safety

Stordy, C. (2016) Accessibility and Self-disclosure of the Journey Through Mental Health: Youth Sharing Their Lived Experience.

Guigino, L. (2015). An Exploration of How Female University Professors Negotiate Personal and Professional Roles

Marko, K. (2015) An Examination of Teachers’ and Education Professionals’ Mental Health and Wellness

Masters, E. (2015) Talking to Parents about Child Mental health: Barriers and Enhancers to Effective ParentTeacher Communication

Saverimuthu, D. (2015) Resilience Factors in School Youth: Looking Through Gender and Cultural Lenses

Byrne, S. (2014) Children’s Voices in a School Based mental Health Needs Assessment

Coulter, L. (2014). Early Adolescents’ Experiences of Mental Health: A Mixed-Methods Investigation

Koenig, A. (2014). Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Among Teachers

Larion, K. (2014). Technology-Based Mental Health Support Strategies for Youth.

Lau, J. (2014). An Examination of the Influence of Poverty on Students’ Perceptions of School Safety, Bullying Behaviour, and School Programming: A Case Study.

Pipe, L. (2014) Mental Health and Safety in Schools: An Analysis of Children’s Perceptions and Experiences

Vandermeer, M. (2014) Secondary Traumatic Stress and Alexithymia in High Risk Professions

Woods, J. (2014). Evaluating Mental Health Education for Educators: Identifying and Supporting Students with Mental Health Problems.

Waters, L. (2013) The Transition to Motherhood: Women’s Experience as Survivors of Childhood  Sexual Abuse

Bellhouse, L.(2013) The Hopes and Fears of Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse as they Transition to Motherhood

Taylor, S. (2013) Assessing Mental Health Risks for Offenders

Pickel, L (2012) The Aftermath of Intergenerational Trauma: Substance Abuse Risk an Resiliency

Janes, K. (2012) Hearing Women’s Voices: Understanding Women’s Stories of Violence from the Perspective of Strength

Epp, F.(2011) Experienced Clinicians: Trauma Recovery and the Healer

Lewis, J. (2011) Media Influences on Older Women’s Body Dissatisfaction

Boland, C. (2011) Mothering in the Context of Violence

Wilkins, J. (2010) Help-Seeking and Women Survivors of Violence

King-Brown, E. (2010) Trauma Symptoms and Coping Responses in Women Survivors of Violence.

Ford, T. (2009) Connecting Through Art: A Relational-Cultural Approach to Intimate Partner Violence

Machado, R. (2009) The Relationship of Self-Efficacy and Trauma with Academic Participation for Women Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence

Yansen, L. (2009) An Investigation of the Effects of Trauma on Parenting

Andersen, J. (2008). Woman abuse, mental health, and parenting efficacy beliefs.

Harry, R. (2008). Photonovella: Learning through their voices.

Ross, S. (2008) Social support of female survivors of abuse.

Palmer, A. (2007). Mindfulness, stress and coping styles among university students.

Carter, A. (2007). The learning needs of survivors of woman abuse.

Campbell, J. (2006). Behaviour and math skills in children with concussion

Ross, O. (2006). Helping preservice teachers help children.

Fernandez, T. (2005). An outcome evaluation of the Safeteen girls’ program.

Thukral, T. (2004). Peer support programs and outcomes for adolescents.

Gampel, M. (2004) Women, violence and education.

Pantel, S. (2003). Preservice teacher efficacy, effectiveness and anxiety

Graduate Courses Taught in the past 5 years:

Theories of Counselling, Counselling Interventions and Community Mental Health; Family, Group and Systemic Counselling; Trauma Counselling.

Bachelor of Education Courses in Taught in the last 5 years:

Special Topics: Mental Health Literacy in Education; 2016-17 5018 Q: Mental Health Literacy- Supporting Social-Emotional Development (mandatory, 279 students)