Krista Van Slingerland
Krista Van Slingerland is a PhD candidate in the SEWP LAB in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on mental health and mental illness in competitive and high-performance athletes. Krista became interested in this area of study following her own struggles with mental illness as a university athlete, which illuminated harsh realities about the sport system and culture that can deter help-seeking and diminish the importance of mental health. Krista co-founded the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) in 2013, a charity devoted to promoting and protecting the mental health of Canada’s university athletes. A conference All-Star for the uOttawa Gee-Gees, Krista received the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Tracy MacLeod Award for her determination and unwavering spirit. Now retired from competitive sport, Krista is enjoying giving back to the sporting community through coaching, advocacy work, and research. As an integral member of the SEWP Lab, Krista is working with Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush to design, implement, and evaluate a Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) that will feature specialized, multidisciplinary mental health services for competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches.