Interdisciplinary Team


Sonya L. Jakubec, RN, BHScN, MN, PhD


Sonya L. Jakubec is the director of the Centre for Child Well-Being. Sonya appreciates values and uses holistic teaching approaches. In her lectures and workshops she draws from a wide collection of exemplars, expert informants/guests, story-telling, current evidence, popular media, special events, sensory/somatic experiences, as well as practical activities. Through these approaches Sonya invites students to learn about and challenge themselves, others and the broader global environment, all while learning the particular course objectives and subject matter.


Heather Pollard

Lab Coordinator

Heather Pollard is the Child Development Lab Coordinator at the Child Development Lab with the Department of Child Studies & Social Work at Mount Royal University. With education in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Recreational Therapy, Heather has 30 years’ experience in the Early Childhood field. She has worked with children for many years with a passion for inclusion. This included work with the Cerebral Palsy Preschools in BC and the Mount Royal Child Care Centre. The last 15 years she has also been a contract instructor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work. Heather is also involved in all Phases of the Alberta Curriculum Framework Pilot Project. As Child Development Lab Coordinator she supports faculty/student education and day to day running of the Lab. She also collaborates with the Centre for Child Well-being supporting community education.


Andrea Shippey-Heilman, BCST, BA

Research Coordinator

Andrea Shippey-Heilman is presently the Research Coordinator at the Centre for Child Well-Being. Andrea is a 2018 graduate of the Bachelor of Child Studies degree at Mount Royal University, majoring in Child and Youth Care Counseling, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Athabasca University where much of her academic work focused on children and youth. With an inextinguishable love for learning, Andrea is currently working toward her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a special focus on equity and social justice issues, through Athabasca University. At Mount Royal, she has been able to continue with her passion for research in the areas of child and youth human rights, mental health and well-being, and child and youth engagement in community leadership and development projects. Her academic interests are many, but primarily lie in using community-based research to influence policy at the organizational level.