Category: Increasing Diversity Outreach and Support in International Education

Fostering Student Success through Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Mental Health Support

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 10

This poster examines how linguistically and culturally relevant technology-based mental health support can help institutions increase help-seeking behavior and enhance international student success and retention.

Matthew McEvoy

Senior Director, International Student Support
Morneau Shepell
Toronto, ON, Canada

For ten years, Matthew McEvoy has worked with Morneau Shepell – a leading international counseling organization. In his current role as Senior Director of International Student Support, Matthew is responsible for the continued strategy, development and execution of the International Student Support Program. Matthew works closely with educational institutions and partners in the design, campus integration and management of various international student support programs.

Matthew has presented at a number of international education conferences on the topic of mental health issues among international students including the British Columbia Council for International Educators, The Canadian Association of Public Schools – International, Canadian Associations of College and University Student Services, International Public School Education Association.

Matthew’s educational background includes a BA honours degree in Psychology and Bachelor of Commerce honours degree (focus on Organizational Behaviour and Finance) from Queen’s University in Ontario Canada. During his tenure at Queen’s, Matthew took part in the International Study Abroad program, spending a semester at the Universite catholique de louvain (UCL) near Brussels, Belgium.

Barbara J. Veder

Vice President Global Clinical Services, Clinical and Research Lead
Morneau Shepell
Ottawa, ON, Canada

International Counselling professional with over 22 years’ experience as senior clinical leader with Morneau Shepell. Barb is committed to the development of global clinical best practices, resources, and support for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, and is the clinical lead for the International Student Support Program. Barb is currently an active board member with EARF (Employee Assistance Research Foundation) and EAPA (Employee Assistance Professionals Association), and presents on digital behavioural health innovation at conferences around the globe.