Andrew Baxter, MSW RSW, has worked in school based and community mental health for over 18 years. During his time with Alberta Health Services, he has provided direct treatment for students from K-12 as well as consultation for their families and their teachers. He currently serves as the Lead for the Alberta Mental Health Literacy Project which is rolling out in school boards across the province. He has conducted Mental Health Literacy trainings across Canada and assisted in other provincial/territorial Mental Health Literacy initiatives. In addition to acting as a consultant to School Boards, Andrew provides training to parents, pre-service teachers, health care providers and community partners. Andrew continues to serve on the School Based Mental Health Quality Improvement Committee in Calgary. His educational background is in social work and psychology. .
Dr. Yifeng Wei
Dr. Yifeng Wei, MA, PhD, has worked as a researcher and school mental health lead with TeenMentalHealth.org since 2008. She is currently assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University. Her research interests focus on promoting mental health literacy in schools (both secondary and post-secondary settings) to help students gain better understanding about mental health and mental disorders, reduce stigma against mental illness, obtain and maintain good mental health and enhance help-seeking behaviors. She has made a significant contribution to school mental health research, program development, and education across Canada and around the world. Dr. Wei continues to work with school districts and educations institutions to improve health outcomes for students and educators.
Dr. Wei has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and one book on school mental health. She has led/co-led more than 30 school mental health projects, locally, nationally and internationally. She has also presented at regional, national and international scientific meetings and conferences. Dr. Wei was awarded the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Award in 2011 and the Dalhousie University President’s award in 2011 and 2012.
Katherine Jarrell MSW, RSW, joined the Alberta School Mental Health Literacy Project in 2019. She has been with Alberta Health Services in a mental health capacity building role since 2013, serving as an Education Consultant and Clinical Consultant to support rural educators, physicians, clinicians and other direct service providers in their work with children and youth. In her work at Mount Royal University, Kathy served as a subject matter expert for the Children’s Mental Health Certificate program, and has taught clinical courses primarily in the Social Work program. In 2011, Kathy was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award. Within AHS, Kathy has partnered with the Provincial Mental Health Promotion and Injury Prevention team to deliver training in Disaster Preparedness, including facilitating School-based Psychological First Aid. In addition, Kathy continues to provide counselling in private practice, primarily using a CBT approach.
Lori Roe, RSW MSW, is the manager of School Based Mental Health with the Child &Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health and Psychiatry Program with Alberta Health Services Calgary zone and has worked for AHS for over 20 years. She is part of the Calgary and Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery, MASST and YARD collaborative partnerships, Transitions Mental Health Classrooms and the Alberta School Mental Health Literacy project. She is also a member of the Calgary Regional Post-Secondary Mental Health Network. She is committed to furthering the collaborative and integrated work between health and education to better serve our children, youth and families.
Kyla Vieweger, MSW RSW CPT, is the most recent addition to the Teen Mental Health team, in the role of Health Promotion and Communications. Kyla brings a clinical mental health background in which she has worked therapeutically with children since 2007. During her time with Alberta Health Services, she has worked both in school-based and community mental health settings. Kyla has provided direct treatment across the spectrum of child development: from early childhood through to adolescence, including intervention and consultation with caregivers and educators alike. In 2008, Kyla was recognized with an Outstanding New Professional award. Kyla continues to work therapeutically with children, teens and families through her private practice.
Katarina is the head of the Youth Advisory Committee for Teenmentalhealth.org. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology. A member of the Scholars Academy Program for outstanding undergraduates, Katarina is a self-described reader, academic and “nerd” with a vested interest in bettering her community. Her lived experience with school-based mental health initiatives inspired her to pursue academia and advocacy in practices and approaches to adolescent care, with a particular emphasis on mental health literacy and educator-student support systems.
Having grown up in Montreal, Quebec, Divinea’s early education was in the French Immersion school system. Along with enjoying the arts, entertainment and food scene that Montreal offered, she also continued her post secondary education, attending Concordia University and graduating with distinction with a B.A. in Psychology. Divinea has worked within executive support roles for many years in Montreal, Vancouver and finally settling in Calgary within Alberta Health Services where she has worked for the past nine years. Divinea has been the Project Coordinator for Mental Health Literacy for the past four years supporting our ever growing team and projects. She is the voice you hear on the phone as your first point of contact and the one responding to your email requests 🙂 Having raised four daughters and experiencing all that the adolescent years entail, Divinea recognizes the importance of providing mental health education to increase mental health awareness, mental health knowledge, and reduce stigma within schools and beyond. After all, knowledge is power!