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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Wendy Stanyon

Associate Professor (Retired)

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Shawenjigewining Hall - Room 438
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2250

Research topics

  • community-based research, community engagement
  • mental health
  • vulnerable populations
  • training and education tools
  • mindsight
  • simulation

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Dr. Wendy Stanyon received her Bachelor of Nursing degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and her Master of Arts in Education degree from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. She completed her Doctor of Education degree at the University of Toronto in Ontario in 2003.

    Prior to joining Ontario Tech University, Dr. Stanyon worked for many years as a professor in the Department of Health and Human Studies at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. Other previous experiences include being a public health nurse for North York in Toronto, Ontario, and a professor in the Nursing department of CEGEP John Abbott in Montreal, Quebec.

  • Publications
    For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit PubMed.
    • Stanyon, W., Whitehouse, M., Reti, E., Lillie, P. (2014).Using Simulation to Educate Police: Strategies for Interacting Effectively with Individuals Challenged by Mental Illness,
    • Stanyon, W. Goodman, B., Whitehouse, M. (2013).Using Simulation to Educate Police about Mental Illness: A Collaborative Initiative.  International Journal of Community Research and Engagement.
    • Stanyon, W (2010). Mindsight, a computer-based, interactive educational resource to promote mental health/illness awareness.
    • Alvi, A, Scott H and Stanyon, W (2010). We’re Locking The Door: Family Histories in a Sample of Homeless Youth. The Qualitative Report, 15(5), 1209-1226; 
    • Goodman, B, Hinton, C, Stanyon, W and Tashiro, J (2009). Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process. Canadian Council on Learning Website.
  • Research collaborators
    • Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS)
    • Durham Regional Social Services (DRSS)
    • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
    • Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    • University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
  • Graduate student research
    • Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) thesis supervisor for Alicia Fernandes (2013 ongoing). An evaluation of an Online Mental Health Awareness Resource: Perspectives of Mindsight Certificate Holders.
    • MHSc thesis supervisor for Atiquah Syed (2009 to 2012). Educating Students about Mental Illness: Ethnic Students’ Perspective of the Effectiveness of a Web-based Educational Tool.
    • MHSc thesis supervisor for Olga Boyko (2009 to 2011) – Professors’ Views on Mental Health Nursing Education in the Baccalaureate Nursing Programs of Ontario: A Grounded Theory Approach.
  • Grants
    • SHHRC, Insight Development Grant. Fernandes, S., Eamer, A., King, A., Stanyon, W. (Co-investigator). Supported Literacy Education for Persons Living with Mental Illness: Exploring Social and Economic Implications.
      • 2013, $50,926
    • The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), Capacity Building Grant.  George, C, Believe, D, Weaver, R, Stanyon, W (Co-investigator), Byrne, C, Pacheco-Rye, A and Chartier, L. Durham Healthy SexYouthality Project.
      • 2010, $25,000
    • Durham Human Services and Justice Co-ordinating Committee. Stanyon, W (Co-investigator) and Whitehouse, M.  Promoting Effective Communication between Police Officers, Nurses and Physicians: Simulated Interactions in an Emergency Department.
      • 2009, $3,000
    • Durham Human Services and Justice Co-ordinating Committee. Stanyon, W. (Principal Investigator), Durham Regional Police Service Mental Health Support Unit: Program Evaluation.
      • 2009, $5,500
    • Durham Human Services and Justice Co-ordinating Committee (2009). Stanyon, W and Whitehouse M. Interacting with Mentally Ill Persons: Simulated Experiences for Nurses Working in an Emergency Department.
      • 2009, $5,400
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Nursing, McGill University in Montreal, Québec.
    • Master of Arts in Education, Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
    • Doctor of Education, University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario.