Refreshed website highlights Centre's research and services

By: Gerry Rucchin
April 26, 2019

Refreshed website. Refreshed look. Remaining the same – helping the community’s children through world-class research, educational opportunities and services for children and families.

The Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre now has a refreshed website that makes it easier for the Centre to share early childhood and evidence-based early intervention strategies with families and professionals. The goal is to improve children’s lives.

“Our Centre is unique in academia because we’re not isolated from the community – we’re a part of it,” said Director, Dr. Karen Bax. “Our offices are located within Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, which means our researchers and graduate students work directly with families,” she added.

The refreshed website is also a place where the community can learn about the multidisciplinary research opportunities they can be a part of, access resources, such as evidence-based pamphlets on early child development and even donate to this very unique collaborative centre.

“Our website reflects the collaboration that takes place between our Centre, the public and community agencies, such as Merrymount,” said Bax.

While the website continues to develop and maintain community relationships, it also continues to highlight researchers, graduate students, clinicians and the people who run the Centre. While the website has been refreshed, the web and mailing addresses, email and phone number remain the same.

The Centre is named after Dr. Mary J. Wright, former chair of Western’s Department of Psychology and the first woman to chair a major academic department at Western. She founded the Mary J. Wright University Laboratory School at Western in 1973. When the lab closed in 2015, Western Education continued Dr. Wright’s vision of nurturing children and helping them to thrive and flourish.