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Experts Available: Mental Health Week

May 1 to 7 is Mental Health Week and Carleton experts are available to comment.

Natalina Salmaso

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 8134
Email:   Natalina.Salmaso@carleton.ca

Salmaso is both a neuroscientist and psychologist. Her laboratory work focuses on post-natal development and plasticity across the lifespan, both in non-pathological states and in mental illnesses such as anxiety and mood disorders. In particular, Salmaso is interested in the role of astroglial cells in these events. Even though astroglia are one of the most abundant cell types in the brain – playing crucial roles in neurotransmitter metabolism, response to injury and synaptic connectivity, and functioning as neural stem cells – the contributory role of astroglial cells has traditionally been overlooked in developmental models of mental illness and disease.

Matthew Holahan

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 1543

Holahan’s research interests include brain development, memory, addiction and concussions.  The Holahan Lab is currently undertaking research related to the effects of low doses of phthalates on stress and development; the acquisition and expression of remote spatial memories during the juvenile period and how glutamate receptor blockade during development can effect spatial memories; as well as concussion research.

Cecilia Taiana

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 3577
Email:   cecilia_taiana@carleton.ca

Taiana teaches courses on trauma and memory; cross-cultural counselling; as well as mental health policies and practices. Taiana’s research interests are focused on the history of the disciplines of the mind (psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis) and their transatlantic migrations; the history of the concepts of “trauma” and “memory;” the renewal of clinical theory and practice in the social work field; psychoanalysis and the Ontology Wars.

Greg Aulenback

Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext.1177

Aulenback is available to comment on mental health initiatives for Carleton students, including the Student Mental Health Framework.


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