Dear Colleagues in Counselling Services, Student Health Service, and Health Promotion & Education,
It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Heather Robertson will take up a new role in Student Development & Services (SD&S) this Fall. Starting September 4, she will join our portfolio as the Executive Director, Student Health & Wellbeing, and provide oversight for Counselling Services, Student Health Service, and Health Promotion & Education.
In this new role, Dr. Robertson will work with our leadership team, as well as campus and community-based health partners, to provide strategic leadership in the enhancement of health and wellbeing services, programming, and staff development within SD&S at UBC-Vancouver. Her focus will be on evidence-based practices and programs, strategic health-related partnerships, and further developing an integrated system of care for our students.
Dr. Robertson comes to us with an extensive background in mental health, clinical practice, research, teaching, and leadership, and is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine. She has an MD from McMaster University and completed her Psychiatry Residency at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. She is currently a Fellow with both the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association, with awards given in recognition of strong advocacy and the advancement of knowledge, education, and mental health promotion. Some of Dr. Robertson’s more recent responsibilities have included: Medical Manager of the UBC Hospital Mood Disorder Unit, Associate Medical Director of Psychiatry at UBC Hospital, and Assistant Head, Clinical Affairs, in the Department of Psychiatry.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the leadership of many within Student Development & Services who have worked to envision and execute on the 2016 service redesign for a more collaborative and integrated system of care, and specifically acknowledge Dr. Cheryl Washburn, Janet Mee, Dr. Marna Nelson, Patty Hambler, and Chad Hyson.
I also want to extend my thanks to those below who joined me on the search committee, as well as all others we have consulted with:
Max Holmes, Vice-President Academic, AMS
Arezoo Alemzadeh Mehrizi, (former) Vice-President, Students, GSS
Debra Martel, Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning
Michael Lee, Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
Keith Kawa, Director, Human Resources, VP Students
Dr. Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Robertson to this new role. We are looking forward to working with her, building on the strengths, and envisioning even greater partnerships and integrative practice.
Managing Director | Student Development & Services
Vice President, Students Office | The University of British Columbia