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Ask A Healthy Relationships Expert Twitter Live Event

Thursday, February 27
3-4:30pm EST

How pervasive is Teen Dating Violence in Canada? What are some common myths about teen dating violence? Join Dr. Wendy Craig, Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens, Dr. Joanne Cummings, and PREVNet on Twitter on Thursday, February 27 from 3-4:30pm EST for answers to all your Teen Dating Violence and healthy relationships questions.

Can’t be there live? Submit a question in advance using #PREVTDV or by direct message and be sure to check back after to see the answers.

Our Healthy Relationships Experts:

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

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.

Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary

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.

Dr. Joanne Cummings
Knowledge Mobilization Director, PREVNet

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.

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