Judith Bernhard is a professor in child development at Ryerson Polytechnic University and has a particular interest in how children fare in child care and school contexts. She is a native of Chile, a lecturer, author, educator, and parent. Since completing her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, she has addressed needs of immigrant and refugee children and families through her work with young children, their families and teachers. Marlinda Freire is a psychiatrist with a background in paediatrics who arrived in Canada in 1974 following the military coup in her native Chile. Her primary areas of expertise are immigrants and refugees, second language acquisition, and effects of poverty on mental health. Dr. Freire is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, a staff psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children as well Chief of Psychiatric Services at the Toronto School District Board.
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