PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) is excited to bring together four of Canada’s leading researchers in bullying and violence prevention to share their knowledge on these important topics.

These 20-minute talks were presented at Queen’s University, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (2017-2019). Aiming to build knowledge capacity of educators working with youth, these seminars cover dating violence, cyberbullying, and promoting healthy relationships in the classroom. Each talk is accompanied by a 2-page downloadable tipsheet.

Understanding and Preventing Dating Violence

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Dr. Claire Crooks is a Professor at the Faculty of Education at Western University and the Director of the Centre for School Mental Health. She is one of the lead developers and researchers of the Fourth R, the relationship-based program aimed at preventing violence and related risk behaviors among adolescents. She is particularly interested in adaptation and implementation issues related to evidence-based practices. Her work in this area includes development and evaluation of strategies that meet the unique needs of Indigenous youth and other priority groups. Dr. Crooks provides continuing education to judges, lawyers, and other court professionals as a Faculty member for the U.S. National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is co-author of more than 80 articles, chapters, and books on topics including school-based programming with Indigenous youth, children’s exposure to domestic violence, child custody and access, adolescent dating violence and risk behavior, and trauma. Dr. Crooks is a clinical psychologist, and is registered in the areas of clinical, school, and forensic psychology.

Equity-based Violence Prevention: Potential Considerations for Educators Working with Diverse Groups of Youth

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Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Exner-Cortens is also a full member in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. 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. Dr. Exner-Cortens currently holds an Early Career Award in Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health Outcomes in Alberta School Settings, sponsored by Alberta Health Services/PolicyWise.

How to Promote Healthy Relationships in the Classroom

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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.

Cyberbullying: There’s No App for That

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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 and Head of the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University.