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Nancy Heath, PhD


Distinguished James McGill Professor
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education, McGill University

Dr. Nancy Heath is a Distinguished James McGill Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her research program explores resilience and adaptive functioning in young people at-risk (i.e., children, adolescents, and young adults). She is a founding member, former President, and current Elected Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS), and the recipient of McGill University's 2023 David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching in recognition of her outstanding support for graduate student supervision and teaching. She has published and presented extensively on topics related to mental health and resilience 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 over 25 years. Dr. Heath has received over 6.5 million dollars in research grants from provincial and federal agencies.


Contact Information:
3700 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3A IY2
Tel.: (514) 398-3439
Fax: (514) 398-6968

Research and Supervision Interests

Building mental health resilience in educational settings, mindfulness, emotion regulation, student stress and coping, non-suicidal self-injury

Recent Nominations and Awards


David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching, McGill University. This award acknowledges outstanding contributions to promoting graduate student excellence through supervision and teaching by a faculty member who has been supervising for 10 years or more. 


Elected Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury (ISSS). Awarded in recognition of longstanding and substantial contributions to the advancement of the field of self-injury at the highest level.


Distinguished James McGill Professor, McGill University. Endowed professorship recognizes a late-career scholar's sustained scholarship of world-class caliber and international leadership, similar to that of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Nominees for these awards include James McGill Professors who have maintained an outstanding research record.

James McGill Professor, McGill University. Endowed professorship recognizes a senior scholar’s status as outstanding and original researcher of world-class calibre and a leader in his/her field, McGill internal equivalent of the Tier I Canada Research Chair program. Second seven-year term, renewed in recognition of continued excellence.


Wyng Foundation Distinguished Lecturer, Hong Kong. Selected as a researcher contributing to societal change to speak on behalf of research in the area of mental health and education.


2013, 2016:
Nominated twice for the David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate in Teaching and Supervision. This university wide award is given to a senior McGill Professor, nominated by students and administration, who best exemplifies excellence in graduate teaching and supervision.

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