Research Interests

My research program focuses on bullying, victimization, healthy relationships, and knowledge mobilization ā€“ moving research into practise and practise into research. Over the past 30 years, I have examined bullying and victimization from a developmental psychopathology perspective. I argue that this type of aggressive behaviour merits attention because it underlies many problems related to interpersonal violence. From a developmental perspective, the lessons learned in bullying within peer relationships generalize to other developmentally significant relationships, such as romantic and familial relationships.  My current research projects include: understanding the biological, psychological, and social correlates of cyberbullying, peer victimization, peer defending and teen dating violence; investigating the role of shame in bullying and the associated mental health consequences; and evaluating knowledge mobilization of bullying research and its impact. More information on my knowledge mobilization work can be found at www.prevnet.ca (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network).

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My secondary area of research is on teen dating violence. Students, parents, teachers, school administrators and community agencies have a shared responsibility to promote positive relationships, prevent dating violence, and create healthy school climates. Educators are faced with challenging situations involving unhealthy relationships, such as dating violence.  Currently, there is a lack of research on what is the content of the training that preservice teachers and practicing teachers require; on how preservice educators implement this training when they gain employment; on what is the most effective way to provide this training to teachers; and how best to get these much needed resources to educators. I am examining how to enhance preservice and service educatorsā€™ capacity and competencies to prevent dating violence and promote healthy relationships through a gender-based lens by providing new training, new resources, and new methods of disseminating the training.  Through PREVNet, we lead a Community of Practice of 21 intervention projects addressing teen dating violence.

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