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Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development

APD1297H F 0131 - Mental Health in the Classroom: How Educators can Help Our Most Vulnerable Students

Posted on: July 19, 2022

Closing Date: August 10, 2022


Instructors are required to: Teach a minimum of 36 hours. Prepare teaching resources for each class and provide relevant materials. Assess and evaluate students' work and provide a final course grade according to OISE/UT grading practices. Be available for informal meetings/communications with students as necessary.

Minimum Requirements:

1-Candidate must be working towards a doctoral degree in psychology;

2-Expertise in the content area;                                         

3-Experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate courses with expertise in content area.                                              

Preferred Candidates will have:

1-Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated expertise with related course content       

2-Demonstrated scholarship in the area of the course topic;

3-Prior experience teaching flex-mode or online courses preferred.                                         

Course Description:

Recent research suggests that one out of every five school-aged children suffers from a mental health issue (e.g., anxiety, depression), and that children who experience mental health issues are at increased risk for poor academic outcomes in schools. Educators are uniquely positioned to assist in the early identification of students struggling with mental health problems in the classroom. By learning about the signs of mental health problems, and understanding how to refer students to appropriate services, educators can facilitate children and youth's timely access to effective assessment and intervention. This course will provide an overview of the conceptualization, prevalence, and course of commonly occurring mental health disorders among school-aged children and youth, and explore risk and protective factors for mental health problems. Moreover, this course will examine the signs and symptoms of these disorders (to facilitate early detection by educators), as well as provide educators with information about empirically supported recommendations for preventing and responding to mental health issues in the classroom. Additionally, broader evidenced-based strategies and programming for preventing mental health concerns, and promoting mental health and well-being in the classroom will be discussed.


Campus - St. George

Salary Minimum stipend is $ $8,061.89 (per half course excludes vacation pay) for a half (F/S) course.

Course Enrollment: 25

Dates of Appointment: Fall 2022 – September to December 2022

Number of Positions: 1

Number of Hours: Teach a minimum of 36 hours

Tutorial/Lab Schedule: Tue 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Course Delivery: Online Synchronous

Application Procedure For a Pool Member:

All applications must be received by August 10, 2021 to be considered for this position, a one-page covering letter outlining what the applicant brings to the position and an updated Curriculum Vitae. Names of referees may also be included but are not required. Applicants are asked to submit copies of course evaluations for all recent university-level courses taught, if available.

Applications should be sent to: APHD Chair, Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development, OISE, 252 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

If during the application and/or selection process you require accommodation due to a disability, please contact