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Melissa Rothwell

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Doctor of Social Sciences


Originally from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, I spent the majority of my twenties backpacking, working and studying in Asia and Australia. In 2004, I graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and in 2008 from Macquarie University with a Master's of Applied Anthropology. I also hold certificates in TEFL and TEFL Management. I have certification in both Child and Youth Care and Early Learning Child Care. In 2013, My husband and I settled outside of the small hamlet of Clandonald, Alberta. I have worked in mental health as a front line worker, advocate and wellness advisor focusing primarily on the six areas of overall wellbeing. I am currently the program head for both the Mental Health Practitioner and Child and Youth Care programs at Lakeland College. I am also a curriculum developer in ESL, and Social Sciences and teach mental health first aid for adults who interact with youth in my spare time. I have worked/volunteered for numerous local and international non-profit organizations. I am an advocate for mental health, gender equality, the LGBTQ community and animal rights. I have a broad range of research interest which include: homelessness, at-risk youth, alternative therapies, no fail policy in academia and the effects of workplace bullying in mental health and productivity.