Shalyn Isaacs is currently completing her Undergraduate Psychology degree at York University and will be pursuing a Masters and PhD in Counselling Psychology. Throughout her life she has been involved in various mental health, leadership, research, and social activist positions.
She is the Founder and President of Women’s Mental Health Talks at York University, an organization that provides social, emotional, and instrumental support through peer support groups and events that give individuals a safe and accepting space to explore factors and barriers that impact women’s mental health and to share coping strategies with one another to heal and empower themselves and the women around them.
Shalyn is also a Research Assistant with Dr. Alexandra Rutherford’s Psychology’s Feminist Voices lab.
This past year she won the Ivana Guglietti-Kelly Prize for qualitative research for her honors psychology thesis which explored the impact of South Asian cultural values on the mental health and help-seeking behaviours of South Asians.
She has worked as a Leadership Coach at York and has been the recipient of the Social Activist Award for her work with supporting students’ leadership and personal development.
Trauma and healing after experiences of sexual violence are the areas she is most enthusiastic about pursuing in Psychology.