Meet the PREVNet Team

Dr. Wendy Craig

Dr. Wendy M. Craig, Co-Founder and Scientific Co-Director (she/her)

Dr. Wendy Craig is a leading international scientist and expert on bullying prevention and the promotion of healthy relationships. As co-founder and Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), she has transformed our understanding of bullying and effectively translated the science into evidence-based practice, intervention, and policy and had a profound influence on communities across Canada. In recognition of her work, she has been recognized with awards including an Investigator Award from CIHR, the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Community Service, the Queen’s Excellence in Research Prize, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Impact Partnership Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2018 in recognition of her work on bullying, victimization, and knowledge mobilization. She is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University.

Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens, Scientific Co-Director (she/her)

Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens is an Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair (Childhood Health Promotion) in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a Master of Public Health. Dr. Exner-Cortens’ research focuses on 1) evaluating healthy relationships resources in school and community settings, 2) developing and evaluating implementation support tools for school-based mental health service delivery; and 3) prevention of adolescent dating violence. In her work, Dr. Exner-Cortens collaborates with a number of community and research partners both provincially and nationally.

Liz Baker, Executive Director (she/her)

Dr. Liz Baker is the Executive Director at PREVNet. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Kent State University and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on preventing dating violence, youth suicide prevention, promoting youth health, dissemination science, and program evaluation. She also works alongside policymakers to inform evidence-based decision making for social issues.

Lisa Liang, Administrative Coordinator (she/her)

Ms. Lisa Liang is the Administrative Coordinator of PREVNet. She possesses extensive experience in financial and administrative roles. Lisa is responsible for information management, event planning, report editing, and providing other administrative support to PREVNet.

Mae Kroeis, Knowledge Engagement Specialist (she/her)

Mae has a Master of Public Health – Health Promotion from the University of Alberta and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Mae has worked in community development and mental health promotion and prevention for over 20 years at national, provincial and local levels, in schools, workplaces, community groups and non-profit organizations. Mae is committed to the process of translating evidence into practice and inspiring people to take action.