Prof. Emily Nalder Examines Role of Resiliency in Students’ Mental Health

Research done by one of University of Toronto’s newest Canada Research Chairs is looking at how to foster resiliency in university students navigating mental health issues and help them to resolve issues that crop up in their daily lives.

Emily Nalder, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Resiliency and Rehabilitation in April 2019.

Resiliency can help explain how people return to their roles and activities in everyday life after unexpected events.

“Resiliency is about doing well and how you adapt to life challenges, the idea that good things or positive things can come about through adversity or challenge,” says Nalder, who is also the inaugural March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor. “It’s important because all of us go through challenges in life and have to adapt or negotiate that in some way.”

The Tier 2 award provides $100,000 annually over a five-year term to support Nalder’s work, which focuses on community integration for people with brain injury or mental health challenges.

Read the full story by Faculty of Medicine writer Gabrielle Giroday, Faculty of Medicine Communications, August 13 2019.