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Wendy Stanyon
RN, EdD

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3021
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2250

wendy.stanyon@uoit.ca


Research topics

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

Background

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 UOIT, 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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
  • Master of Arts in Education Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant
  • Doctor of Education University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario 2003

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Exploring the Mind Body Connection: Wellness Promotion Strategies for Life
  • Health and Healing: Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum
  • Leadership and Innovation
  • Mental Health Nursing – RPN-BScN elective (online)
  • Research Practicum I (advisor)
  • Research Practicum II (advisor)

Research and expertise

Research area of specialty:

  • Enhancing mental health literacy
  • Facilitating mental health/illness awareness
  • Simulation
  • Training and education on mental health issues in the community (e.g. law enforcement services; nonprofit community agencies; social services)

Research background and interests:

Current research includes:

  • Education
  • Mindfulness
  • Project with Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores)
  • Project with Durham Regional Social Services (DRSS)
  • Research related to vulnerable populations and advocacy
  • Simulation
  • Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS)
  • Durham Regional Social Services (DRSS)
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Tashiro, J, Hung, P, Ecklund, M and Stanyon, W (Collaborator). PIPEDA-Compliant Privacy Access Control Model for Protected Health Information.
    • 2008, $42,550
  • Canadian Council on Learning. Stanyon, W.  Partners: Durham Regional Police Services; Whitby Mental Health Centre; Durham College Innovation Centre. Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process.
    • 2008, $40,856
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Hung, P, Yu, ESK, Stanyon, W(Collaborator) and Sanchez, O. Privacy Access Control Enforcement Model for Mobile Ad Hoc Health-care Services.
    • $144,000
  • Inukshuk.  Stanyon, W and Community Partners – Durham Regional Police Services; Whitby Mental Health Centre. First Responder Interactive Simulation Training.
    • 2007, $69,522
  • Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Stanyon, W, (PI),Baxter, P, King, ML, Andrusyszyn, M-A, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Landeen, J, Norman, G, Sproul, S and Valaitis, R. The Use of Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education in Ontario.
    • 2004, $250,000

Involvement

  • Recent publications
    • Stanyon, W., Whitehouse, M., Reti, E., Lillie, P. (2014).Using Simulation to Educate Police: Strategies for Interacting Effectively with Individuals Challenged by Mental Illness, CES4Health.info.
    • 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.
    • Baxter, S, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Valaitis, R, Stanyon, W and Sproul, S (2009). Simulated Experiences: Nursing Students share their perspectives. Nurse Education Today. 
  • Publications since 2006
    • Akhtar-Danesh, N, Baxter, P, Valaitis, R, Stanyon, W and Sproul, S (2009). Nurse Faculty Perceptions of Simulation Use in Nursing Education.Western Journal of Nursing Research, 31, 312-329. doi:10.1177/0193945908328264.
    • Stanyon, W, Baxter, P, King, ML and Sproul, S (2009). Simulation Use in Ontario Schools of Nursing: Faculty Perspectives. (accepted 2009, subsequently journal was never published). Journal of Health Professions Education.
    • Stanyon, W, King, ML, Sproul, S and Baxter, P (2009).  Nursing Students’ Evaluation of Clinical Simulation as a Teaching Strategy. Accepted to Journal of Health Professions Education; journal was never published.
    • Watson, M, Stanyon, W and Hung, PCK (2008) A Study of Ontario Privacy Act-Compliant Mobile Healthcare Access Control.  International Journal of Health Information Systems and Informatics (IJHISI,) 3(2).
  • Recent conference presentations
    • Stanyon, W., Lillie, P., Whitehouse, M. (July 15-19, 2013) From Knowledge to Real World Practice: Are Online Simulations a Source of Authentic Learning for Frontline Police Officers? 33rdInternational Congress on Law and Mental Health, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Stanyon, W., Whitehouse, M., Lillie, P., Reti, E., Sanders, R., Haringa, D., Rankin, T., Baker, C. (June 12-15, 2013). A Unique Partnership between an Educational Institution, a Mental Health Facility, Police Services and a Regional Municipality: Using Simulation to Educate Frontline Police Officers. CU Expo 2013 Engaging Shared Worlds, Community University Partnerships, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • Stanyon, W. (Nov. 22, 2011) Mindsight: An Online Mental Illness Resource. Provincial Human Service Justice Co-ordinating Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Conference presentations since 2006
    • Stanyon, W., Whitehouse, M., Lillie, P., (March 22, 2013). Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness. Advancing Recovery in Mental Health: Research Across the Continuum. Second Annual Research Day, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W., Lillie, P., Whitehouse, M. (July 17-24, 2011) Using Simulation to Educate Police about Mental Illness: Impact of Realism on the Learning Process. 32nd International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Berlin, Germany.
    • Stanyon, W., (December 2, 2010) Mindsight: An Online Mental Illness Awareness Resource, Simulation Exposition, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W., Ballon, B., Hinton, C. (October 29, 2010) Mindsight: An Online Mental Health Awareness Initiative. Summit 2010: Mental Health and Addictions in Post Secondary Education. Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
    • Stanyon, W, Whitehouse, M and Hookway, D (March 31, 2010).  Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process.  Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions, Ontario Legislature, Presentation of Police Simulations and Discussion of Research Findings.
    • Stanyon, W, Banit, E and Hookway, D (April 13, 2010).  Demonstration of Police Simulations. 1st Canadian Crisis Intervention Team Conference (CIT), Hamilton, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W (September 28, 2010). Demonstration of Police Simulations and Mindsight.   Presentation to the Toronto Police Services, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Whitehouse, M and Hookway, D (November 18, 2009). Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process. Forensic Program Education Series, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Banit, E, Hinton, C, Hookway, D and Whitehouse M (November 2009).  Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: A Unique Collaboration between a Police Service, a Mental Health Facility, and an Academic Institution. , HETRU/McGraw-Hill Conference – What Really Works: Strategies to Improve Teaching and Learning. Oshawa, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Whitehouse, M, Hookway, D, Hinton, C and Banit. E (October 26 to 28, 2009).  Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning About Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process. Law and Disorder…Creating Momentum for Change. Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Conference.  Hilton Fallsview Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W (October 22, 2009). Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process. Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Partnerships and Relationships Conference, Oshawa, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Whitehouse, M and Hookway, D (October 7, 2009). Demonstration of Police Simulations. Ontario Crown Attorneys, Demonstration of Police Simulations, Overview of the Research Findings.
    • Stanyon, W, Banit, E, Cyr, J, Hinton, C, Hookway, D and Whitehouse M (October 2009).  Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning About Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process. Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee Conference, Law and Order: Creating Momentum for Change, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Whitehouse, M and Hookway, D (October 2009).  Demonstration of Police Simulations and Overview of Research Findings. , Durham Regional Police Services, Senior Administration, Police Simulation.
    • Stanyon, W and Whitehouse, M (September 2009). Demonstration of Police Simulations and Overview of Research Findings. , Durham Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, Police Simulations.
    • Stanyon, W and Whitehouse, M (September 2009).  Demonstration and Discussion about Police Simulations.Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Networking Committee, Police Simulations.
    • Stanyon, W, Baxter, P and King, ML (May 2009). Paper: Student and Faculty Perceptions of the Use of Simulations in Ontario Schools of Nursing. Health Professions Education (HPE) Conference. Global Best Practices in Simulation. Toronto, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Banit, E, Hinton, C, Hookway, D and Whitehouse M (May 2009).  Talking Circle: Using Simulation to Engage Police to Learn about Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process. Health Professions Education (HPE) Conference, Global Best Practices in Simulation. Toronto, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W (May 2009).   Simulation Techniques to Engage Police to Learn about Mental Illness.  Health Professions Education Conference features 'Headspace Theater,' serious gaming, PDAs, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Hinton, C, Banit, E, Whitehouse, M, Townley, B and Tashiro, J (November 2008).  Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning About MentalIllness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process.  ICERI Conference, Madrid, Spain.
    • Stanyon, W, Sproul, S, Baxter, P, King, M, Andrusyszyn, M, Landeen, J, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Norman, G and Valaitis, R (November 2008).   Student and Faculty Perceptions of the Use of Clinical Simulations in Ontario Schools of Nursing.  ICERI Conference, Madrid, Spain.
    • Baxter, P, Landeen, J, Norman, G, Akhtar-Danesh, N, King, ML and Stanyon W (November 2008).  Videotaped versus Hands‐on Instruction of Critical Management Skills Using a High Fdelity Simulator. ICERI Conference, Madrid, Spain.
    • Stanyon, W, Banit, E, Hinton, C, Townley, B and Whitehouse, M (November 2 to 4, 2008).  Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: A Successful Collaboration between a Police Service, A Mental Health Facility and an Academic Institution. 7th Annual Psychiatrists in Blue Conference, Delta City Centre, Edmonton, Alberta.
    • Stanyon, W, Whitehouse, M, Banit, E, Hinton, C, Tashiro, J and Townley, B  (October 2008). Strategies to Engage Police in Learning About Mental Illness: New Roles for Nurses as Knowledge Professionals in Community-health networks. RNAO International Conference and Workshops, Nurses: The Solution in Health Care Transformation, Beijing, China.
    • King, ML, Andrusyszyn, MA, Baxter, P, Stanyon, W and Akhtar‐Danesh, N (October 2008). Ontario’s Brave New world of Simulation Learning in Undergraduate Nursing Education. GANES/CASN conference, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Banit, E, Cyr, J, Hinton, C, Tashiro, J, Townley, B and Whitehouse, M  (September 2008).  First Responder Interactive Simulation Training. Poster presentation for Mental Health and Patient Safety Conference: The Beginning of Our Journey, Ontario Hospital Association and Patient Safety Institute, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W and Cearns, K (May 2008).  Collaborative Learning Units: Benefits and Challenges for Staff, Students and Faculty in a Mental Health Setting.  Registered Psychiatric Nurses World Congress, Regina, Saskatchewan.
    • Stanyon, W, Townley, B and Whitehouse, M (May 2008).  Against All Odds: A Successful Collaboration between an Academic Institution, a Mental Health Facility, and a Police Service.  Registered Psychiatric Nurses World Congress, Regina, Saskatchewan.
    • Stanyon, W, Townley, B and Whitehouse M  (May 2008).  Against All Odds: A Successful Collaboration Between an Academic Institution, A Mental Health Facility, and a Police Service.  RPNC World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses, Regina, Saskatchewan.
    • Baxter, P, King, M, Stanyon, W, Sproul, S, Andrusyszyn, MA, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Landeen, J, Musson, D, Norman, G and Valaitis, R  (January 2008). High Fidelity Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Senior Students’ Response to Critical Incidents.  Society for Simulation in Health Care Conference, San Diego, California.
    • Baxter, P, King, M, Stanyon, W, Sproul, S, Andrusyszyn, MA, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Landeen, J, Musson, D, Norman, G and Valaitis, R  (November 2007).  Simulation in Nursing Education: Preparation for Real Life. CASN Nurse Educator Conference, Kingston, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W  (May 10, 2007).  Street Talk: Listening to the Voices of Durham Region’s Homeless Community. Hospital for Sick Children - Nursing Week:  Grand Rounds, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Baxter, P, King, M, Stanyon, W, Sproul, S, Andrusyszyn, MA, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Landeen, J, Musson, D, Norman, G and Valaitis, R  (April 2007). Simulation in Nursing Education: Preparation for Real Life. Sigma Theta Tau International 20thAnnual Research Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
    • Stanyon, W, Sproul, S, Baxter, P, King, M, Andrusyszyn, MA, Akhtar-Danesh, N, Landeen, J, Norman, G and Valaitis, R.  (April 2007).  Student and Faculty Perceptions of the Use of Clinical Simulations in Ontario Schools of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International 20th Annual Research Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
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