This year's breakout sessions feature many mental health leaders from
across Canada. Please see below for more information on each.
More speakers to be announced soon.
Dr. Yifeng Wei
Dr. Yifeng Wei, MA, PhD has worked as a researcher and school mental health lead with the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health team since 2008. Her research interest has focused on promoting mental health literacy in schools to help students achieve better understanding about mental health and mental disorders, reduce stigma against mental illness, obtain and maintain good mental health and enhance help-seeking behaviors. She has played a key role in school mental health research and program development activities, and has made significant contributions to the work of the team. Dr. Wei has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and one book on school mental health. She has also presented at the local, regional, national and international levels at scientific meetings and conferences. Dr. Wei holds an Interdisciplinary PhD degree in school mental health with Dalhousie University and was awarded the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Award in 2011and the Dalhousie University President’s award in 2011 and 2012.
Andrew Baxter, MSW, RSW has worked in School Based and Community Mental Health for over 15 years. During his time with Alberta Health Services, he has acted as a consultant to classroom teachers across all grade levels in how to address the mental health needs of students. As a therapist, he has provided direct treatment and consultation services for children and their families. Currently, Mr. Baxter chairs the School Based Mental Health Quality Improvement Committee and sits on the Child and Adolescent Addictions and Mental Health Standards Committee. His main role with AHS is to serve as the Coordinator for the Mental Health Literacy Project which is currently rolling out provincially across Alberta with over 60 School Boards. His educational background is in psychology and social work.
Dr. Chris Gilham
Bio coming soon.
Sarah Williams, MA is a Registered Psychologist at True North Psychological Services in Halifax. She has experience in numerous settings, including developmental research (Dalhousie), ADHD treatment centre (New York), counselor at a private school (Florida), psychometrist for Federal research study (correctional facility), school psychologist (NS 2004-16), as well as private practice since 2007. Sarah has been a part of the team at True North Psychological Services since July 2016.
Morris Green recently retired from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness where he worked as the Coordinator of Youth Health. He’s worked with teenagers for 35 years across a wide range of youth health issues, including injury prevention, alcohol misuse, physical activity and healthy eating. His most recent work focuses on the pressures and expectations around masculinity, and their impact on the health of young men, and youth of all genders. He has an undergraduate degree in physical education from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a graduate degree in science from Columbia University in New York City.