Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount

Leadership

Karen Bax, Managing Director

Dr. Karen Bax is an Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Education at Western University. Registered as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Bax engages in training future scholars and practitioners through teaching and as the practicum supervisor for students in the Ph.D. in School and Applied Child Psychology program. Dr. Bax is also the Managing Director of Western’s Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount, a unique university-community collaboration that emphasizes early child development research in real-world settings and knowledge sharing across systems. Dr. Bax is involved in applied research related to social-emotional learning and self-regulation of children who have experienced adversity.

Vicki Schwean, Director

Dr. Vicki Schwean is Dean of Western’s Faculty of Education. A Registered Psychologist, who holds a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, Vicki came to Western in 2011 from the University of Calgary where, among other leadership roles, she held the position of Associate Dean, Division of Applied Psychology. Vicki has actively practiced as a psychologist for more than 25 years, and has produced a number of books, book chapters and articles focusing on child assessment and mental health. Throughout her academic career she has been a strong advocate for systemic reform in service delivery for vulnerable and at-risk children.