Media Releases

Education Experts

July 28, 2010

TORONTO, ON – The following is a list of University of Toronto experts who can comment on a variety of issues related to education in the weeks leading up to back-to-school time.

Coping with back to school stress
Dr. Mark Berber, Lecturer
Department of Psychiatry
Office: 905-472-5733

Safe schools, conflict resolution
Citzenship/democratic education
Kathy Bickmore, Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0237
*NOTE: Available after September 1, 2010

Continuing education (in general and also for international
Professionals/new Canadians, women, business owners, non-degree holders)
Career development
Business education
Lifelong learning (recent grads)
Older adults – boomers and senior citizens
Larger community engagement with higher education  via continuing education
Intersection between degree and post-degree education
Marilynn Booth, Director
School of Continuing Studies
Office: 416-978-2604

Adjusting to school
Survival guide for parents
Building the parent teacher team
Linda Cameron, Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Ontario Institute of Studies in Education
Phone: 519-599-7223 or 416-489-2822 (both home numbers)

A child’s first day of school
Early learning in kindergarten
Carl Corter, Professor
Institute of Child Study
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-934-4502

Private schools
Arts high schools and specialized programs in general
Arts in education in general
Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Office: 416-978-0194
: Unavailable August 23 – September 6
Other languages: Spanish

Nutrition for students
Dr. David Jenkins
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Office: 416-867-7475

Investing for students
Finances & budgets
Eric Kirzner
John H. Watson Chair in Value Investing
Rotman School of Management
Office: 416-978-3426

Peer pressure, making friends,
Social skills, adolescent
Depression and suicide
Stress of academic pressure
Service delivery
Manpower shortages
Liaison between professionals
Marshall Korenblum, Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Psychiatrist-in-chief,  Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children and Families
Office: 416-972-1935 ext. 3316
*NOTE: Available after August 16
** Can only speak about children aged 12 and above

Public attitudes towards education
D.W. Livingstone, Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0015
Other: 905-271-2755
*NOTE: Unavailable from Aug. 18 – Sep. 4

High school to university transition
Separation anxiety for parents and families
Demographics/attitudes/experiences of the millennial generation
Choosing post-secondary education as a ‘next step’ in a student’s education
Transition for non-traditional students (older students, first-generation students student from under-represented populations)
Moving into residence and living away from home for the first time
Chris McGrath, Assistant Dean
Student Affairs
University of Toronto Mississauga
Office: 905-569-4724

Bullying (from the perspective of the victimized child)
Cyber bullying
Faye Mishna, Interim Dean
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Office: 416-978-3255
Cell: 416-910-1385

Adult education and public policy
Critical race and gender theories
Immigrant women and work
Citizenship, democracy, and the state
Women in the middle east
Women, war, violence and learning
Shahrzad Mojab, Professor
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0829

Sleeping tips for back to school
Sleep disorders and sleep neurology
John Peever, Assistant Professor
Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Office: 416-946-5564
Cell: 647-207-7920

A child’s first day of school (kindergarten and grade 1)
Teacher/parent partnerships in the early years
Early french immersion
Janette Pelletier, PhD
Director, Institute of Child Study
Associate Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-934-4506
*NOTE: prefers print but can also do TV and radio

Internet marketing
Teaching online
Technology and teaching
Podcasting, blogging
Tim Richardson, Lecturer
Division of Management
Office: 416-491-5050 ext. 7534
Cell: 416-677-3467
Home: 705-228-8731

Sexual diversity (LGBTQ)
Students coming to campus
Transitioning from high school to university/small town to big city
Residence and off-campus living
Jude Tate, Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer
Office: 416-946-5624

Peer relationships, self esteem in adolescents and children with ADHD
Psychological assessment
Special education
Learning disabilities
Judith Wiener, Professor
Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Office: 416-978-0935
*NOTE: Available August 17-26 and after September 7


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