Rita Knodel

Rita Knodel
  • Registered Psychologist, Ph.D.

As the Director of Counselling Services and of Multi-faith Services I am pleased to oversee two very important student support services for our campus. Prior to becoming the director, I worked as a psychologist for Counselling Services for 12 years. I did individual and group counselling and co-ordinated the practicum program.

Research and development

Since becoming the director I do very limited direct student counselling. Instead I have worked on the development of the University of Victoria Student Mental Health Strategy which will be launched officially in October 2014. For the past 3 years I was also involved in the Canadian Post-Secondary Student Mental Health initiative responsible for the development of "Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach". This over-arching guide has informed the development of our strategy, the update of UVic Counselling Services and will continue to guide campus wide improvements for student mental health, well-being and optimal learning.