Amanda completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, with a Major in Biology, and Minors in both Bioethics and Forest Conservation Science. After a year of globetrotting, Amanda decided to pursue the Master’s of Global Health Program at McMaster University concurrently with a Graduate Diploma Program in Water, Environment and Health at the United-Nations University. Amanda currently works at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, as a Project Coordinator in the Centre for Global Child Health. She also teaches two courses through McMaster’s Learning for 55+ Program: Plant-Based Healing and “Living Well”: Trends, Truths and Myths. Amanda is passionate about health equity, particularly in humanitarian settings, and the nexus between climate change and health. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys staying active, finding new hiking trails and reading.
About ‘Psychological First Aid’
The Psychological First Aid course through the Canadian Red Cross equips learners to develop a personal understanding of the effects of stress, trauma, loss and grief on others. The course emphasizes self-care, personal protection, and a resiliency-building approach to emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Using case-based learning and the latest evidence from the international community, the Red Cross Psychological First Aid course offers prevention and coping strategies for dealing with different types of stress.