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Special Talk: Lost days and weeks: Putting the spotlight on Graduate Students’ Mental Health

March 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

In this session, Dr. Clarke will present findings from her recent mixed-methods research that examined Canadian graduate students’ mental health. She will discuss the ways that graduate students reported their mental health challenges impacted their academic experiences and what types of support students used. By attending this session, students will hear about study participants’ experiences and see that they are not alone in experiencing challenges throughout their program. Students will also identify different ways that they may seek informal or formal support. Dr. Clarke’s talk will also include discussion of her own doctoral journey, to illustrate that the road to completion varies from one person to the next. (part of Graduate Student Experience Week)

Dr. Kathleen Clarke is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto and is now an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research is at the intersection of graduate education and student services. She examines how to support specific populations of students such as students with mental health challenges and students with disabilities.