Patricia PicturePatricia Marra- Stapleton is the Mental Health Leader for TCDSB. Patricia is responsible for the development and implementation of the board’s Student Mental Health Strategy and Policy.   Patricia completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University, and a graduate honors degree in Clinical Child / School Psychology from California State University. As a Certified Psychological Associate she has worked with the TCDSB for many years, serving elementary and secondary schools as well as special programs such a Behavioral Resource and the APPLE program for expelled students.

Patricia has worked in many settings including juvenile justice, child welfare, children’s mental health, and homeless youth.  She has experience working in both the US and Canada, in both rural and urban settings.  She has been featured in both local and national media – lending her voice to the importance of school-based mental health.  As a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario Board of Examiners, Patricia has assisted in the launch of many professional practice careers in psychology across Ontario.

Patricia is passionate about creating mentally healthy schools!