Meet the PREVNet Team

Dr. Wendy Craig

Dr. Wendy M. Craig, Co-Founder and Scientific Director

Dr. Wendy Craig is a leading international scientist and expert on bullying prevention and the promotion of healthy relationships. As co-founder and Scientific 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. Joanne Cummings

Dr. Joanne Cummings, Knowledge  Mobilization Director

Dr. Joanne Cummings is the Knowledge Mobilization Director of PREVNet and a child psychologist in private practice. She received her Ph.D. in clinical developmental psychology from York University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Cummings’ research has examined the effects on children of exposure to intimate partner violence, and has been doing bullying prevention work since 1995. She is immensely grateful to have worked with PREVNet since its inception in 2006. Dr. Cummings takes great pleasure mobilizing knowledge so it can be taken up and acted upon by PREVNet partner organizations from diverse sectors including education, health, mass media, social media, sport and recreation, government, and industry. It is Joanne’s passion to contribute to a shared ethos that enables all children grow up experiencing respectful, just, and nurturing relationships wherever they live, learn, work, and play.

Kelly Petrunka

Kelly Petrunka, Executive Director

Kelly Petrunka is PREVNet’s Executive Director, accountable for effectively managing day-to-day operations of the PREVNet network and its activities, deliverables, reports, and budgets.  Kelly has been with PREVNet since its inception in 2006. She has over 30 years of project management and research experience. Kelly received her undergraduate Honours Psychology degree at McGill University followed by a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary.  Prior to joining PREVNet, Kelly was the Associate Research Director for the Better Beginnings, Better Futures Research Coordination Unit from 1990 to 2006. This was a longitudinal primary prevention research project following more than 1,500 families living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods across Ontario. She has been involved in the written dissemination of the research findings in the form of government reports and journal articles. She has presented research findings at numerous national and international conferences.

Stacey Garwood

Stacey Garwood, Administrative Coordinator

Stacey Garwood is the Administrative Coordinator at PREVNet, , where she supports the activities and interactions of the network members and administrative team, a position she has held since 2009. Stacey greatly values the opportunity to connect and work in partnership with an expansive network of national youth-serving organizations, university researchers, and graduate students to create positive change in the lives of Canada’s children and youth.

Krista Stephenson

Krista Stephenson, Communications Coordinator

Krista Stephenson is the Communications Coordinator at PREVNet, responsible for developing content and graphics for web, social media, publications, and promotional material. Krista is an experienced communications and marketing professional with a history of working in the not-for-profit sector in education and research. She is excited to lend her skills to PREVNet’s goal of eliminating violence and promoting healthy relationships.