Marnie Wedlake, PhD, RP

Marnie Wedlake

Assistant Professor

Room 340, HSB
519 661-2111 x89167

Education and Training

  • PhD (Western)
  • MEd (Western)
  • Hons BA (Waterloo)

Professional Designation

  • Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Resilience and the Creation of Wellbeing
  • Post-traumatic Stress Injury and Trauma-informed Practice
  • The Relationship Between Emotional Wellbeing and Academic Success in Undergraduate Students
  • Relationships Between the Media and Mental Health Systems
  • Arts and Humanities in Health Care

Detailed Research Descriptions

Primary Research Interests

Mental Health and Wellness

  • Mental health/emotional wellbeing, broadly speaking
  • History of madness
  • Critical mental health
  • Existential despair across the life span, particularly in post-secondary students
  • Living well with compromised (mild, moderate, severe) mental health
  • Practices that enable safe withdrawal from psychiatric drugs

Post-traumatic Stress Injury and Trauma-informed Practice

  • Trauma-informed practice across the health professions
  • Social determinants of mental health, particularly short- and long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences on mental & physical health, and overall quality of life
  • Extreme states, particularly psychosis, as natural and expected responses to trauma and adversity
  • Attachment theory, particularly the impact of compromised attachment on mental health in youth and adults

Mental Health, Mental Distress and Social Justice

  • Positioning the self as the primary author (i.e. first authority) of one’s own story in those who experience mental distress
  • Impact of psychiatric diagnosis on identity, agency, and sense of wellbeing in those who experience mental distress
  • Vulnerability of service-user voice and personal authority within health care system hierarchies
  • Critical analysis of various approaches to treatment and psycho-education for live with experience extreme states and/or serious mental distress

Additional Interests

Theorectical Application and Professional Practice in Mental Health Care and Education

  • Existentialism in theory and practice
  • Dialogism and practical applications of theories of dialogue
  • Use of social constructionism and constructivism to inform processes aimed at making meaning, making sense, and creating understanding
  • Critical analysis of selection, review and evaluation processes used to determine the nature of evidence in evidence-based, evidence-informed, and best practices
  • Critical analysis of ethics in education and mental health
  • Practical applications of constructivist pedagogy
  • Critical narrative and critical autobiographical research

Arts and Humanities in Health Care

  • Poetry, art, composition, and creative writing as data
  • Aesthetic representation of knowledge
  • Aesthetic representation of personal and lived experiences

Recent Publications

  • Wedlake, M. (2020). How to help students facing traumatic loss. The Conversation, Canadian Edition, April 17, 2020.
  • Wedlake, M. (2020). COVID-19, fear and the ‘brave’ souls who disregard retail shop directional arrows. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, Open Volume 11, August 20, 2020.

Teaching Areas

  • Mental health and wellness across the lifespan
  • Social Determinants of Mental Health
  • Post-traumatic Stress Injury across the lifespan
  • Understanding and managing stress
  • Trauma-informed practice across the health professions
  • Current & emerging paradigms in mental health & wellness
  • Cultivating and maintaining wellbeing and resilience
  • Innovative modalities and models of treatment, service delivery, and care
  • Ethical practice in mental health and wellness
  • Mental health and the media

Research Affiliations