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Toronto Metropolitan University experts available to comment on back-to-school

August 26, 2022

TORONTO, August 24, 2022 – Our experts can put students' full return to in-person studies into perspective as we continue to be prepared to pivot regarding any updates or policy changes related to COVID-19. If you need help finding an expert not listed here, please contact Tania Ulrich at Please note this list is updated regularly, so check back often. 

TMU Orientation Week 

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) will welcome 2, 500 first-year students with a number of Orientation Week events taking place Sunday, August 28th to Monday, September 5th 2022. Organized by TMU’s Student Life and Campus Engagement office, Orientation Week provides an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the campus, meet other students and become engaged in university life.

Andrew Bisnauth
Associate Director, Campus & Community Engagement
Student Life and Campus Engagement | Toronto Metropolitan University

Lyn-Marie Farley, MA, RISIA 
Interim Director, Student Life & Learning Support
Student Life and Campus Engagement | Toronto Metropolitan University

Skills for success

Deena Shaffer (bio)
Coordinator, Student Transitions & Retention
Student Wellbeing / Skills for Success
Expertise: Learning strategies, transitions to and through post-secondary education

Specific topics in health and wellness

Martin Anthony (bio)
Psychology Professor
Expertise: Anxiety, Perfectionism, Phobias, Psychological disorders, Social anxiety disorder

Thomas Tenkate (bio)
School of Occupational and Public Health Professor
Expertise: Environmental health, Health risk assessment

Trevor Hart (bio)
Psychology Professor
Expertise: Sexual Health and Wellness

Students’ digital lives

From use of social media to tackling distractions on screen, find out how students can achieve balance as they enter a very different school year. 

Richard Lachman (bio)
Associate Professor, RTA School of Media
Expertise: Digital media and culture, Gaming, Social media, Technology

Anatoliy Gruzd (bio)
Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Director of Research, Ryerson University Social Media Lab
Expertise: Social Media, Online Communities, Data Stewardship, Online Social Networks, Information Privacy