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  • Expert Interviews with Canadian Researchers

    October 22, 2014

    For October’s Bullying Prevention Month, we were able to interview two researchers in Canada. In the first interview Dr. Vaillancourt discusses the physiological effects of bullying behavior. Dr. Smith addresses social media today as well as advice for parents.

    Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., FRSC

    Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt, a fellow of The College of the Royal Society of Canada, is a Canada Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa where she is cross-appointed as a full professor in the Faculty of Education (counselling program) and in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences. Dr. Vaillancourt is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour at McMaster University and a core member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (human development), her post-doctoral diploma from the University of Montreal and Laval University (developmental psychology), and post-doctoral re-specialization in applied child psychology (clinical) from McGill University. Dr. Vaillancourt’s research examines the links between aggression and children’s mental health functioning, with a particular focus on social neuroscience. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.




    Dr. David Smith is psychologist and professor of counselling at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. He received his PhD in counselling psychology from McGill University in 1998. His primary research interests centre on school-based bullying prevention programs, with a particular emphasis on understanding how they can be made to be more effective. He speaks often in the news media about bullying issues in schools, and he is frequently invited to address educational professionals across Canada about bullying prevention.

    Dr. Smith

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