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Nancy Heath, PhD


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

Dr. Nancy Heath is a 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 and past President of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS), and the recipient of the Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education’s 2011 Mentorship Award in recognition of her outstanding support for graduate students in education. 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 6.25 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

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


Featured Researcher in McGill’s Principal’s Report, Global Impact Section, for Self-Injury Outreach and Support Website and Research


Mentorship Award, CSSE, Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education Mentorship Award, in recognition of outstanding support for graduate students in Education.

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