Department of Psychology
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1985
M.A., York University, 1989
Ph.D., York University, 1993
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My research program focuses on bullying, victimization, healthy relationships, and knowledge mobilization – moving research into practise and practise into research. Over the past 30 years, I have examined bullying and victimization from a developmental psychopathology perspective. I argue that this type of aggressive behaviour merits attention because it underlies many problems related to interpersonal violence. From a developmental perspective, the lessons learned in bullying within peer relationships generalize to other developmentally significant relationships, such as romantic and familial relationships. My current research projects include: understanding the biological, psychological, and social correlates of cyberbullying, peer victimization, peer defending and teen dating violence; investigating the role of shame in bullying and the associated mental health consequences; and evaluating knowledge mobilization of bullying research and its impact. More information on my knowledge mobilization work can be found at www.prevnet.ca (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network).
My secondary area of research is on teen dating violence. Students, parents, teachers, school administrators and community agencies have a shared responsibility to promote positive relationships, prevent dating violence, and create healthy school climates. Educators are faced with challenging situations involving unhealthy relationships, such as dating violence. Currently, there is a lack of research on what is the content of the training that preservice teachers and practicing teachers require; on how preservice educators implement this training when they gain employment; on what is the most effective way to provide this training to teachers; and how best to get these much needed resources to educators. I am examining how to enhance preservice and service educators’ capacity and competencies to prevent dating violence and promote healthy relationships through a gender-based lens by providing new training, new resources, and new methods of disseminating the training. Through PREVNet, we lead a Community of Practise of 21 intervention projects addressing teen dating violence.
Theresa A McIver, Rachael L Bosma, Sarah Goegan, Aislinn Sandre, Janell Klassen, Julian Chiarella, Linda Booij, Wendy Craig. (in press). Functional Connectivity Across Social Inclusion and Exclusion is Related to Peer Victimization and Depressive Symptoms in Young Adults. Journal of Affective Disorders
Elgar, Frank, Gariepy. Genevieve, Dirks, Melanie, Walsh, Sophie, Molcho, Michal, Cosma, Alina, Malinowska-Cieslik, Marta, & Craig, Wendy. (2019). Early-life exposure to income inequality and bullying in adolescence: panel study in 40 countries, Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics, e191181-e191181
Lambe, L.J., Craig, W.M., & Hollenstein, T. (2019). Blunted physiological stress reactivity among youth with a history of bullying and victimization: links to depressive symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1-13.
Lambe, L. J., Della Cioppa, V., Hong, I. K., & Craig, W. M. (2019). Standing up to bullying: a social ecological review of peer defending in offline and online contexts. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 45, 55-71.
Irwin, A., Li, J., Craig, W.M., & Hollenstein, T. (2019). The role of shame in peer victimization and mental health outcomes. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 156-181
Hodgins, Zoe, Kelley, Elizabeth Kloosterman, Patricia, Hall, Layla, Hudson, Chloe, Furlano, Rosaria & Craig, Wendy. (2018). Brief Report: Do You See What I See? The Perception of Bullying in Male Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 10.1007/s10803-018-3739-y
Hong, Irene, Wang, Weijun, Craig, Wendy M., & Pepler, Debra J. (2018). Peer victimization though a trauma lens: Identifying who is at risk for negative outcomes. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Click to read this publication: doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12488.
McIver,T. Bosma, R., Sandre, A., Goegan, S., Klassen, J., Chiarella, J. & Craig, W. (2018). Peer Victimization Is Associated With Neural Response to Social Exclusion. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 64 (1), 135-161. Retrieved from Click to read this publication: www.jstor.org/stable/10.13110/merrpalmquar1982.64.1.0135
Michaelson V, Donnelly P, Morrow W, King N, Craig W, Pickett W. (2018). Violence, adolescence, and Canadian religious communities. J Interpers Violence. 2018 May 1:886260518775160. doi: 10.1177/0886260518775160. [Epub ahead of print]
10. Lambe, L., Hudson, C., & Craig, W. (2017). Does defending come with a cost? Examining the psychosocial correlates of defending behaviour among bystanders of bullying in a Canadian sample. Child Abuse and Neglect, 65:112-123. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.01.012.