Psychology Mental Health Day

A Message from Dr. Joanna Pozzulo, Departmental Chair 

This year, in partnership with MeWeRTH, Psychology Mental Health Day will be on Thurs. Oct. 7th from 2:30-4:00. Our Lived Experience speaker will be Elizabeth Manley, the Olympic figure skater who will be discussing her journey of mental health and sport. MeWeRTH has established the ‘Courage to Speak Award’ to recognize the bravery and inspiration of our speakers to share their journey. In addition to presenting Elizabeth Manley with this award, we will be awarding retroactive Courage to Speak awards to our speakers from previous years. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Lara Aknin from Simon Fraser University who will be speaking on mental health during COVID-19.

We hope you can join us! Registration for the Zoom webinar is below.

Stay well,




Speaker Biographies

Elizabeth Manley

Resiliency… getting though uncertain times!

With more than 30 years experience in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won the 1988 silver medal and became the Olympic freestyle champion), six World Championships, and has won three National Titles. Reliving her incredible journey for audiences, Elizabeth gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it takes to make it to the top and speaks with honesty about the importance of mental health and surviving the loss of her parents. As a skater, an Olympian, a survivor and a mental health advocate, she hopes to inspire others with her mental health journey, and believes that it’s important, now more than ever with the pandemic, to continue to support mental health care and research.

Dr. Lara Aknin

Mental health and well-being during the first year of COVID-19

Dr. Lara Aknin is a Distinguished Associate Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, former Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Chair of Mental Health Task Force for The Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission, and a co-associate editor of the World Happiness Report. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Aknin’s research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of happiness and prosocial behaviour. Most of her work examines how generous behaviour makes people feel.

Her research has been published in various academic journals, including ScienceNature Human Behaviour, the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologySocial Psychological and Personality Science and Perspectives on Psychological Science, and has been covered in international media outlets such as the CBCCNNMaclean’s MagazineForbes, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

A copy of Dr. Aknin’s presentation is available here: Mental Health and Well-Being During the First Year of COVID-19


Registration for Psychology Mental Health Day is now closed.