Dr. Nancy Heath’s Research Team, McGill University

Welcome to Dr. Nancy Heath’s research website at McGill University! Dr. Heath is a James McGill Professor, in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology in the Faculty of Education at McGill University. She has published and presented extensively on topics related to mental health in educational settings, is an internationally recognized leader in the area of self-injury in educational settings and has worked in collaboration with schools for more than 15 years. Dr. Heath has received over 1.7 million dollars in research grants from provincial and federal agencies.

More than 45 graduate students and numerous undergraduates have participated in the Heath research team in the last 18 years. Of eligible students on the team, a remarkable 85% have won major awards. The Heath research team collaborates with researchers across Canada and internationally.

Research Focus

The study of emotion regulatory mechanisms of resilience or adaptive functioning in young people at-risk (children/adolescents/young adults) is our primary focus and includes three strands of inquiry. The first strand focuses on specific behaviours (e.g., self-injury) associated with emotion regulation; the second focuses on aspects of the environment that may serve to support or undermine the adjustment of those at-risk (e.g., school supports for mental health); and the third examines the role of mindfulness in enhancing resilience.

Mental Health in the Schools


As part of a collaboration between McGill University and the University of Guelph, SiOS is an international outreach organization providing current information and helpful resources about self-injury to individuals who self-injure, those who have recovered, as well as their caregivers and families, friends, teachers and the health professionals who work with them.

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Anxiety and Depression

Two workshops were created based on the suggestions of more than 100 Lester B. Pearson teachers’ and technicians’ feedback regarding the essential information that they felt they needed to better support students with anxiety and depression in their classrooms. The workshops have recently been evaluated and as a whole were positively viewed and accepted among both elementary and secondary school teachers and technicians. Specifically, the workshops were successful in enhancing teachers’ and technicians’ understanding of anxiety and depression in the classroom, their comfort with their role in working with these children and youth, and providing strategies for managing anxiety and depression in the classroom.

News & Events

The Heath Research Team heads to Disney World!!!

2015 National Association of School Psychologists
We were thrilled to go to Orlando, Florida to present at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Melissa De Riggi presented a poster on school […]

March 10th, 2015|

Classroom Working Alliance Manual (CWAM)

Teachers have asked us, “Some kids are just so hard to reach – how do I connect with difficult kids?”

Now, the Heath Research Team together with our collaborators share a great resource on how to […]

September 4th, 2014|

Relevant Funding Agencies

Research supported through the following granting agencies:
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MEQ)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)