Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens, PhD, MPH
Chair: CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Childhood Health Promotion
Adjunct Associate Professor
Faculty of Social Work, Calgary Campus
Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education
Child Health & Wellness Researcher
Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Owerko Centre
O'Brien Institute for Public Health
BSc Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology (minor: Music), The University of Calgary, 2007
MPH (Master of Public Health) Social and Behavioral Science, Boston University, 2009
MA Human Development, Cornell University, 2011
PhD Developmental Psychology, Cornell University, 2014
Dr. Exner-Cortens' research focuses on the promotion of healthy adolescent development. While a number of factors contribute to well-being in adolescence, in her work, Dr. Exner-Cortens' specifically considers the role of healthy relationships, as unhealthy relationships in adolescence are associated with numerous adverse outcomes both concurrently and longitudinally. The overarching goal of her research is to understand how best to promote healthy relationships in adolescence, in order to prevent adverse experiences that negatively impact health throughout the life course. In her primary work in this area, Dr. Exner-Cortens' leads evaluation of healthy relationships programs and approaches in school and community settings in Alberta. Healthy relationships programs are designed to build the skills and capacities adolescents need to engage in positive interpersonal relationships that are violence-free. In addition to program evaluation work, Dr. Exner-Cortens' also has expertise in adolescent dating violence, where she studies trajectories between victimization and future outcomes. Dr. Exner-Cortens' mixed-methods research includes collaboration with both academic and community partners.
|Honours Seminar: Advancing Youth Wellbeing
- Innovation Award: Leadership in Family Violence Prevention, Government of Alberta. 2020
- John B. Reid Early Career Award, Society for Prevention Research . 2020
- Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine, Calgary. 2019
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