Meenakshie is currently co-president, communication director, as well as a practicum student for the 1 in 5 initiative. Meenakshie is pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the influence of chemotherapy on memory in women with breast cancer and in mice under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Sekeres. She makes the best of stress by spending time with family, animals and friends; being outdoors; doing exercise; utilizing deep breathing and mindfulness techniques; as well as being artistic.


Meggan Porteous currently serves as the Co-President of the 1 in 5 Initiative and was involved as a former practicum student. She is a second year Clinical Psychology student at uO under the supervision of Dr. Rébecca Robillard in the Sleep Research Laboratory. Her research and clinical interests are related to trauma, sleep and emotional liability. Meggan aims to promote psychological well-being and reducing stigma through her work with the 1 in 5 Initiative. She makes the best of stress by painting, spending time with loved ones and listening to podcasts.


Tim Aubry is a Full Professor in the School of Psychology and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at the University of Ottawa. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated on research projects with community organizations and government at all levels, contributing to the development of effective social programs and policies. In 2013, he received the Contribution to Evaluation in Canada award from the Canadian Evaluation Society. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association). He teaches graduate courses at the University of Ottawa in community psychology and program evaluation.


Alexandra has been the finance director for 1 in 5 for 4 years. She loves being part of such a great team and has fun presenting the workshops to our community. She has a passion for psychology and works as a research assistant when not involved in 1in5. In his spare time, Alex enjoys hiking, watching real crime, and meeting up with friends.


Marie-France is a new member of the 1 in 5 initiative team as a volunteer. She is currently in her fourth year of a baccalaureate in psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about mental well-being and wishes to continue her studies in clinical psychology. Her research interests focus on anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. She is happy to be part of the team to help promote psychological well-being. In her spare time to relax, Marie-France loves traveling, movies, and having good time with family and friends.

Maya Kuthe

Maya is a new volunteer of the 1 in 5 initiative. She is currently in her first year of a Master’s in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Maya is very passionate about psychology and mental wellness throughout her daily life, and one of her goals is to promote psychological well-being and self care to others. In her spare time, she loves to do yoga, cook new things, spend time with loved ones, and go camping or exploring in nature!


Ruo is a first-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Dr. Irene Vitoroulis. She is interested in studying mental health outcomes within racialized and immigrant communities, with a focus on stigma related to mental illness, help-seeking behaviours, and racial discrimination. This year, she joined the 1 in 5 Initiative as a workshop facilitator and a member of the social media team. She makes the best of stress by dancing with friends, reading, discovering new coffee shops, and watching anime


Stéphanie Lalande is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Ottawa. Stéphanie completed a master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint-Paul University in 2019. Her past professional work experiences involve offering mental health services as a registered psychotherapist (inactive) and working as a child protection worker in a child welfare agency. Her research interests developed from her work experiences and include child abuse and neglect, mental health at work, and clinical supervision. Currently, Stéphanie is helping in two different study projects within the lab. The first one explores the efficacy of a neglect-focused parenting program called SafeCare. The second one explores the usage of a clinical tool designed for child protection workers who work with children and youth in child welfare. Both projects aim to offer better services for both families and workers in child welfare.


Hi! My name is Liz and I am a new volunteer of the 1/5 initiative. I am currently a first-year student in the MA-PhD program in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa and just graduated from the University of Montréal with an MSc in public health. I am passionate about mental health and helping others access appropriate resources and support, which is why I joined this initiative! In my free time I love doing spin classes, hiking in Gatineau Park, and watching RuPaul Drag’s Race to destress!



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