Dr. Wekerle: Violence Prevention & Resilience Promotion

McMaster University, Mental Health Forum, Original 3 Key Works, Social Sciences


  • About Dr. Christine Wekerle
  • Field: Child Welfare Populations
  • Associate Professor, McMaster University
  • Department of Pediatrics, Offord Centre for Child Studies

Dr. Wekerle’s recommended readings to inspire your own research in children’s mental health.

Dr. Wekerle’s 3 Key Works:

Violence Prevention & Resilience Promotion

1) “Childhood Maltreatment: Advances in Psycotherapy: Evidence-Based Practice.”

Reference: Wekerle, C., Miller, A. L., Wolfe, D.A., & Spindel, C. (2006). Childhood Maltreatment: Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Practice. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe and Huber Publishers. Overall rating = excellent from Canadian Family Physician (http://www.cfp.ca/content/54/5/744.1.short). Second Edition: June (2015).

2) “Dating Violence Among Child Welfare-Involved Youth: Results from the Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathway (MAP) Longitudinal Study”

Reference: Tanaka, M., & Wekerle, C. (2014). Dating violence among child welfare-involved youth: Results from the Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathway (MAP) Longitudinal Study. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 2, w9-31.

3) “Child Maltreatment and Repeat Emergency Department Presentations for Suicide-Related Behaviors”

Reference: Rhodes, A.E., Boyle, M.H., Bethell, J., Wekerle, C., Tonmyr, L., Goodman, D., Leslie, B., Lam, K. & Manion, I. (2013). Child maltreatment and repeat emergency department presentations for suicide-related behaviors. Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, 37(2-3), 139-149.

Research Interests

  • An overall focus on relationships in both risk (violence: child maltreatment; adolescent dating violence; adult intimate partner violence) and resilience (adolescent attachment style; identification with caseworker; school climate; community resilience; self-compassion) and the linkages to mental health (post-traumatic stress symptomatology; mood/anxiety; addiction; personality vulnerabilities).
  • New research focus on sexual victimization experiences among male adolescents and young adults, from a CIHR Team grant (Principal Investigator) “Understanding health risks and promoting resilience in male youth with sexual violence experience” with “hubs” in ON, BC, MN, NS, PQ.
  • Populations of interest: collegiates; high schoolers; homeless/street-involved youth; child welfare youth; justice-involved youth; former child soldiers; Aboriginal youth; residential care youth.
  • Education focus in medical education and the use of art as a context for learning and teaching tool. Collaboration with the McMaster Museum of Art to mount a course on child maltreatment and mandatory reporting (“Engaging and Educating in Child Maltreatment”) and upcoming art exhibit from January to April 2016 called “Picturing Wellness.” We will have special events throughout the show and look for connections to student learning.

Contact Info

Inspired to learn more? Reach out to Dr. Wekerle!

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