Has this pandemic affected your mental health and ability to go through the day?
In the latest episode of The Pivot, Host Ken Evans is joined byDr. Tracy Vaillancourt who is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa. Tracy has been pivotal in conducting research about how the pandemic has impacted the lives of adults, as well as kids and teachers in school. The pandemic has drastically changed lives and Tracy shares that the pandemic has had a profound impact on kid’s teachers. She also studies bullying in context of schools and how social media has impacted the way we view ourselves and our mental health.
Tune in to hear Ken Evans and Tracy Vaillancourt dive an invigorating discussion about the impact of the pandemic on our mental health in the context of social media, bullying, and stressors that contribute to causing change to our mental well being.
Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa where she is cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education and the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences. Dr. Vaillancourt is also a core member of the Brain and Mind Institute, Faculty of Medicine and the Centre for Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, Faculty of Law, uOttawa, the president-elect of the International Society for Research on Aggression, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the recipient of the University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research, the University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Media Relations, the YMCA Peace Medal, the McMaster Student Union Teaching Award for Science, and the McMaster University Student Union Teaching Merit Award for Science. Dr. Vaillancourt has published over 200 peer reviewed studies primarily on the links between bullying and mental health, with a particular focus on social neuroscience.