Peer Victimization and Mental Health Outcomes: Genetic, Neurophysiological, and Neuroendocrine Considerations
Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D.
University of Ottawa
In this overview, Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt discusses the link between bullying and mental health for children who are victimized. In addition, she reviews genetic and biological antecedences and consequences of bullying. Lastly, she provides a review of the efficacy of bullying prevention programs in school settings and highlights characteristics of programs that are most likely to be effective.
Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., 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 (counseling 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.