Dr. Yifeng Wei, Dalhousie University

Dr. Yifeng Wei, Dalhousie University

Evaluating School Mental Health Programs

One of the most common school mental health needs that we have heard from educators across Canada is how to choose best evidence-based, effective and safe programs to apply in schools from the plethora of heavily marketed options available. In response to this need, this session will share with participants scientific knowledge about evidence-based school mental health programs. We will also explore the tip of the iceberg of scientific strategies on how we decide the level of evidence current school mental health programs and interventions actually have. With this knowledge, you will achieve basic understanding when it comes to evidence of school health programs and make informed decisions for schools and students in practice.

ABOUT 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.