Dr. Carol-Anne O’Brien


Advocacy Advisor for Nádúr

Carol-Anne is a Certified Forest Bathing Guide. From 2009 to 2018, she was the Coordinator of Advocacy and then the Director of Advocacy at BeLonG To Youth Services, Ireland’s national organisation for LGBTI+ young people, where her work focussed on ground-breaking awareness campaigns against LGBTI+ bullying in schools and building partnerships with school principals, teachers, guidance counsellors and mental health professionals.

Carol-Anne has a PhD in social work, and from 2000 to 2009, she was first an Assistant Professor, and then an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work in Ryerson University in Toronto. Carol-Anne has thirty years’ experience as an educator, trainer and researcher. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning in human rights and equality within organizations and services, social determinants of mental health especially related to equality and to nature deficits, outreach to health and other services, building peer support for change among professionals, and community engagement in environmental justice. Carol-Anne is deeply concerned about the climate and biodiversity crises; as an activist for climate and environmental justice, she is committed to building nature connections for communities.



forest river
building with trees
flowing water
food by water
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