May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Carleton experts are available to speak to the media about a number of subjects related to mental health and wellness.

If you are interested in speaking with an expert below, please feel free to reach out to them directly. If you require other assistance, please email Steven Reid, Media Relations Officer, at

Argel Aguilar-Valles
Professor, Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University


Aguilar-Valles is available to discuss stress and its impact on mental health, as well as treatments for depression, autism, and schizophrenia.

The Aguilar-Valles Lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms that underlie psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders using a combination of models to understand how genetic risk factors contribute to mental illness.

For more on Aguilar-Valles visit:

Rachel Buxton
Professor, Department of Biology at Carleton University


Buxton is available to discuss how soothing nature sounds can reduce stress and benefit individual mental health.

Buxton’s main research interests include soundscapes, seabird ecology, ecological restoration, and systematic conservation planning.

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Amedeo D’Angiulli
Professor, Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University


D’Angiulli is available to discuss the relationship between poverty and socioeconomic status and brain/mental health. He can also comment on healthy mental development in children.

For more on D’Angiulli visit:

Linda Duxbury
Professor, Sprott School of Business at Carleton University


Duxbury is available to discuss issues relating to work-life balance, and the impact of COVID on employee mental health.

Duxbury has been studying the impact of COVID-19 on employee well-being since March 2020. In partnership with the Ontario Mental Health Association and the Canadian Association of Police, Duxbury has conducted interviews with working parents, which has allowed her team to track the impact of COVID-19 and the various government interventions on employee well-being over time.

For more on Duxbury visit:

Marina Milyavskaya
Professor, Department of Psychology at Carleton University


Milyavskaya is available to discuss perfectionism and self-compassion and the role they play in mental health.

Milyavskaya’s research examines why people are successful in the pursuit of certain goals, but not others. Her other research interests include autonomy support, health behaviours, and attachment and well-being at all ages.

Milyavskaya is available for English and French interviews.

For more on Milyavskaya visit:

Joanna Pozzulo
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Psychology at Carleton University


Pozzulo is available to discuss the need to focus on well-being, not just mental illness, and the power that universities have to facilitate improved mental well-being for all.

For more on Pozzulo visit:

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Steven Reid (he/him)
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University

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