Dr. Andrew Szeto is currently Director, Mental Health Strategy responsible for guiding the implementation of the 28 recommendations within the University of Calgary’s Campus Mental Health Strategy. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary and a Principal Investigator with Opening Minds at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Szeto has focused on the development and evaluation of workplace mental illness stigma reduction and mental health promotion programs, such as The Working Mind and The Working Mind for First Responders. Over the past 5 years, he has worked to develop and pilot The Inquiring Mind Post-Secondary, a program tailored for post-secondary students. As well, he has developed a junior high/high school version of the program called The Inquiring Mind Youth. Dr. Szeto also conducts basic research that examines the stigma of mental illness through a social psychological lens, including research on labelling, attitudes, and new interventions to reduce stigma. More recently, his research has focused on post-secondary mental health, and is also a part of the Technical Committee that developed the Canadian Standards Association and Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Standard for Post-Secondary Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. Dr. Szeto continues to publish academic articles on various topics related to mental health and wellbeing and the stigma of mental illness.

Dr. Lina Di Genova is the Director of Strategy, Assessment and Evaluation in Student Services at McGill University, Canada. She is a licensed organizational psychologist and accredited change management practitioner with over fifteen years’ experience in organizational performance metrics. She has led monitoring and evaluation of student affairs programs on topics ranging from orientation to academic advising, student involvement, wellness and alumni outcomes. Before joining Student Services, Lina worked in University Institutional Planning on national assessment initiatives, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement benchmarking program for the Canadian U15 Data Exchange and graduate education issues.

Dr. Di Genova is a steering committee member of the Best Practices Network in Canadian Higher Education: Making a Positive Impact on Student Mental Health. She recently served as a co-chair of the Campus Mental Health community of practice with the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS). Lina is the recipient of the 2020 CACUSS Leader in Learning Award and the 2019 Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference Assessment to Action Award.

Rina Gupta, Queen's University

Psychologist/ Director, Mental Health, Student Wellness Services

Rina Gupta, Ph.D., has been a practicing psychologist for over 25 years. Starting her career in Montreal, Qc, at McGill University as an academic and lecturer, as well as in clinical private practice, she works from a scientist/practitioner model. Moving to Kingston Ontario to join Queen's University in 2015, Rina turned her focus to post-secondary mental health. She has brought many meaningful contributions and changes to the service that she manages passionately. Groups are one important aspect of the delivery model offered at Queen's University. Rina is happily married and a mom to her two school-aged sons, and their Bengal cat Moula, big fluffy dog Emma.

 

Sandra Yuen, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Director, Professional Practice & Quality Assurance, Health & Wellness, University of Toronto

Dr. Yuen has over 20 years’ experience in post-secondary student mental health as an administrator, manager, program evaluator, and clinical psychologist.  She oversees a team of psychologists and social workers, who are part of a larger interdisciplinary team consisting of primary care and mental health professionals.  Dr. Yuen is actively involved in program development of clinical services, including a mental health stepped care health model, group therapy and workshop services, and embedded counselling services.  She oversees program evaluation of mental health, primary care, and health promotion.  She is a co-lead of an online consortium focused on best practices in student mental health services (www.bp-net.ca).  Her clinical interests are in the provision of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for depression and anxiety disorders, with particular interests in interpersonal process, attachment, and metacognitive aspects.  She has a private practice and enjoys teaching and supervising clinical psychology and psychiatry residents.