Dr. Christine Wekerle

Welcome! Dr. Wekerle will be visiting Vancouver on April 7th to connect with SARAVYC researchers and Vancouver community research partners.

Wekerle picShe will be giving two talks:

Using Art to Enhance Clinical Learning: The Engaging and Educating in Child Maltreatment Course
12:30pm
Room T206
3rd Floor, Koerner Pavillion
The Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways Projects: Findings on Risks and Resilience
4pm
Policy Room 1600
SFU Harbour Centre

Dr. Wekerle is the Principal Investigator for the research study, “Understanding Health Risks and Promoting Resilience in Male Youth with Sexual Violence Experience.”

In her own words,
The violence field has been an area of some professional “gaze aversion,” in part, because it is difficult to confront what one human can do to another. However, our ethical practice means we take a human rights approach. Male sexual victimization might be the last taboo among taboos, given the high level of stigma to victims, the tendency for males to not seek healthcare services, and the sheer challenge of talking about a traumatic experience where physical injury is likely. Our Team project has the goal of shining a light on this neglected issue through surveys and focus groups, and to bring forward the resilience of those affected. We aim to develop resilience-focused interventions with the broad-based clinical and inter-discipline expertise in this Team. Our goal is to support adolescents and young adults by understanding their experiences, reinforcing their resilience, enhancing services and service use. and supporting innovation in the training of professionals across the stages of their learning journey.
The depth and diversity of knowledge within this team is an energizing force for me. Team members have an unparalleled level of dedication, collegiality, and creativity. Team members are internationally recognized experts in their fields who are fully prepared to “roll their sleeves up” and tackle the issue of male victimization. We have 15 research projects, 5 systematic reviews, and more developing as we seek further funding support. In this “more the merrier” approach, we anticipate getting a lot accomplished and are very grateful to be in this position to contribute to the great research to-date in the violence field conducted in Canada. Globally, researchers are well aware of Canada’s leadership in the nexus among gender, health, and violence, and we hope Canadian citizens will become more aware, more invested, and more vocal joining our collaborative to tell these at-risk and resilient youth that we see them, we want to hear their stories, we are here to help and, working together, it really can get better.

Dr. Wekerle is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. She obtained her Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) in 1995 from the University of Western Ontario, an American and Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, and conducted her accredited internship at McMaster in Pediatrics. Dr. Wekerle’s research areas are broadly in the areas of parenting and the prevention of family violence. She has written a book for a broad audience on maltreatment (“Child Maltreatment;” Wekerle, Wolfe, Miller & Spindel, 2006; Hogrefe, translated into Japanese and Spanish), as well as a book and treatment manual on a dating violence prevention program (“The Youth Relationships Project”) which remains one of the few programs evaluated in a randomized control trial with at-risk youth.

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