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Our Team

Academic Leadership

Kristin Cleverley

Kristin Cleverley

Director & Chair

Associate Professor & CAMH Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

About Kristin

Professor Kristin Cleverley (she/her) is the CAMH Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist in the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health at CAMH. She is the Chair of the University of Toronto Student and Youth Mental Health Research Initiative and Co-Chaired the Ontario Health Quality Standard on Youth-to-Adult Health Care Transitions. Prof. Cleverley’s research engages students, youth, and caregivers in the co-design of novel clinical and health system interventions to improve continuity of care.

Amanda Uliaszek

Amanda Uliaszek

Associate Director, Research

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator, Department of Psychological Clinical Science, University of Toronto Scarborough

About Amanda

Professor Amanda A. Uliaszek (she/her) has been the director of the STEPP (Study and Treatment of Emotion Dysregulation and Personality Pathology) Lab at the University of Toronto since 2011. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University and completed her predoctoral residency at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center. Prof. Uliaszek has obtained international recognition for her research on psychotherapy mechanisms and outcomes, with a specific focus on improving treatments for children, youth, and university students. Prof. Uliaszek is a registered psychologist in Ontario, with an expertise in the delivery of dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Amanda Uliaszek

Julius Haag

Associate Director, Education & Training

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga

About Julius

Professor Julius Haag (he/him) is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Sociology at UTM, where he teaches courses in policing, urban life and public policy, and youth gangs. Prior to joining Inlight, Prof. Haag contributed to several campus-based initiatives, including as the session lead for Race Based Data Collection at the National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and as a review panel member for the U of T review of the Role of Campus Safety Services in Student Mental Health. His research interests include policing, youth justice, gangs, racialization, ethnicity, criminalization, and teaching and learning.

Administrative Leadership

Kristin Cleverley

Sarah De La Rue

Director, Strategy & Operations

About Sarah

Sarah De La Rue  (she/her) develops and delivers on research strategy for major health research initiatives, building relationships with partners to promote the impact of health research. Prior to joining UofT, Sarah developed priorities and strategy for the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, grew a collective impact partnership structure to build and deliver on the Inspiring Healthy Futures vision and priorities, and shaped research strategy at the University of Virginia and Sinai Health System. At UofT Sarah initially joined the PRiME Institutional Strategic Initiative, to support their renewal and build an expanded ecosystem, and is now supporting Inlight to achieve impact across their mandate. Sarah completed her B.Sc. at Newcastle University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Bristol.

Kristin Cleverley

Emma McCann

Senior Partnership and Engagement Lead

About Emma

Emma McCann (she/her) is the Senior Partnership and Engagement Lead of the University of Toronto Inlight Student Mental Health Research Initiative, where she supports the initiative’s student engagement strategy. Emma has advised at the community, national, and international level to build stakeholder engagement into mental health research and systems of care. Her previous roles, including at CAMH and Frayme, supported the development of youth engagement strategy to support integrated youth services across the country. Emma moderated the first ever side event dedicated to global mental health at the UN General Assembly and formerly served as a member of the Canadian Federal Ministerial Advisory Council on Mental Health.

Student Advisory Committee

Maya Ahia

Masters Student
Clinical & Counselling Psychology
Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science
University of Toronto Scarborough
About Maya

Maya Ahia (she/her) is a master’s student in the Clinical & Counselling Psychology program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Supervised by Dr. Amanda Uliaszek, her current research focuses on applying strength-based approaches to explore the intersections of accessibility, disability and student mental health.

Jessica Atkins

Undergraduate Student
University of Toronto Scarborough
About Jessica

Jessica is a second-year Psychology student at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is intensely fascinated with mental health studies and envisions utilizing her degree to help children live meaningful, enjoyable lives. She was diagnosed with Autism at 16 and has come to understand plenty regarding the positive impact of a young diagnosis. Her long-term goal is to increase the general public’s understanding of developmental deviations, particularly in women, so that more children may get appropriate care at a younger age.

Ananya Bhattacharjee

PhD Student
Computer Science
Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto
About Ananya

Ananya Bhattacharjee is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, focusing on digital mental health interventions. His work, closely developed with Mental Health America and specialized clinicians, has impacted over 2,000 individuals through tailored, digital platforms. Ananya is the creator of the SPARK platform, which employs GPT-4 technology to assist students facing procrastination issues. His global partnerships with mental health helplines further enhance his multifaceted understanding of mental health needs in various populations. He is also a recipient of prestigious accolades, including the Wolfond Fellowship and a best paper award at CHI.

Rya Buckley

PhD Student
School and Clinical Child Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
About Rya

Rya is a first-year PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her research interests are broadly in the area of marginalized students’ mental health and support-seeking experiences. Her master’s thesis work focused on the experiences of racialized university students accessing wellness and mental health supports on campus. She is a recipient of the 2022 Inlight Research Fellowship.

Dinarshin Chandrakumar

Undergraduate Student
Social Science
University of Toronto Mississauga
About Dinarshin

Dinarshin is a first year undergraduate student with a burning desire to make positive change in the field of mental health. He aspires to become a psychiatrist and is driven by a deep commitment to helping individuals overcome their mental health challenges. Currently, he has dedicated his time to helping the community through roles as a Bridging Pathway Mentor and a Health & Counselling Volunteer. 

Delaram Farzanfar

PhD student
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Mississauga
About Delaram

Delaram Farzanfar is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on understanding brain activity during creative experiences and their implications for improved well-being. Dela is a registered psychotherapist in Ontario and has experience working in mental health in public institutions in Toronto. She is a junior fellow at Massey College, graduate fellow at the School of Cities, and serves on the Program Committee at the International Neuroethics Society. She hopes to improve long-term access to psychotherapy in Canada.

Jenny Hui

PhD Student
Counselling & Clinical Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
University of Toronto
About Jenny

Jenny Hui (she/her) is pursuing her PhD in Counselling & Clinical Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT). Her research focuses on resilience and mental health among BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals—particularly youth—and how intersecting identities inform health disparities and clinical interventions. Her Master’s thesis explored the lived experiences of bisexual East Asian youth in Canada. Jenny has co-facilitated AFFIRMative group therapy for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and adults, and she co-authored journal articles on multimodal research with 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. Ultimately, Jenny’s scholarship strives to uplift the stories of people and communities under-represented in mental health research.

Madeline Kalda

Undergraduate Student
Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto
About Madeline

Madeline Kalda is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Within her degree, she has focused on operations research and its applications in the healthcare industry; outside of her degree she has experience with the topic of student mental health through her work in student politics and her term on the University of Toronto Governing Council. Madeline hopes to make contributions in the area of rural mental health in the future.

Kate Kim

Undergraduate Student
Psychologist Specialist
Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto
About Kate

Kate Kim is a fourth-year student at UofT St. George with a Psychology specialist and has been involved in a developmental psychology lab for almost 2 years. Due to her dual passion for combining human mental health and technology together, Kate is learning coding for UI/UX with the hopes of creating a middle ground. Kate is especially interested in the association between mob mentality and conformity, and the harmful romanticization of mental health issues as an unfavourable coping mechanism in the younger generation. Kate aspires to launch a platform that can work as an intermediary for mental health and therapists.

Mehakpreet Kaur Saggu

Undergraduate Student
Specialist in Neuroscience and Minor in Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Scarborough
About Mehakpreet

Mehakpreet Kaur Saggu, a sophomore studying neuroscience at the University of Toronto Scarborough, serves as Vice-President of Communications for a dynamic student-led neuroscience club. In this role, she promotes discussion, inspires interest, and brings awareness to the field of neuroscience. Her dedication and passion have recently been recognized with the Budding Scholar Award from the Department of Psychology at UTSC, an honor bestowed upon promising students with aspirations to excel in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. As an aspiring neurosurgeon, Mehakpreet envisions a paradigm of care that embraces holism, recognizing and valuing each patient as a distinct individual.

Anica Shum

Master’s Student
Nursing (Clinical Stream)
Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto
About Anica

Anica is a registered nurse at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a Master of Nursing (Clinical Stream) student at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Her passion is understanding, caring, and advocating for individuals who live with mental illness. She is committed to sharing her passion for reducing the stigma around both people living with mental illness and people working in the mental health field. She hopes to inspire students to pursue a future career in mental health research and advocacy.

Charlie Sun

Undergraduate Student
Double Major in Psychology & Sociology
Faculty of Art and Science
University of Toronto
About Charlie

Charlie is a fourth-year student deeply immersed in the worlds of psychology and sociology. His passion lies in translating the knowledge he has gleaned from these fields into real-world applications, particularly in the realm of mental health. As the former Mental Wellness Commissioner at Victoria University Students Administrative Council, Charlie spearheaded mental health initiatives, events, and advocacy, effecting positive change in student life. Charlie is dedicated to cultivating a healthier and more empathetic environment for his fellow students while also pushing the boundaries of research in the pursuit of a more compassionate and informed society.

Implementation Committee

Professor Kelly Metcalfe

Associate Dean of Research and External Relations, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Professor Kent Moore

Vice-Principal of Research, University of Toronto Mississauga

Professor Irena Creed

Vice-Principal Research & Innovation, University of Toronto Scarborough

Dr. Aristotle Voineskos

Vice President of Research, CAMH

Professor Sandy Welsh

Vice-Provost Students, University of Toronto

Professor David Brennan

Associate Dean of Research, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work