Bonnie Leadbeater

Professor in the Psychology Department, University of Victoria, Canada

About the author:

My research on resilience, health, and well-being has advanced a life-span perspective of adolescent and young adult mental and physical health and well-being that bridges disciplines and impacts psychology, education, health service, public health, and social policy. My research on preventing bullying and peer victimization led her to develop the internationally recognized WITS (DIRE, DIGA) Programs, which are used in elementary schools across North and South America.

What I want to achieve:

I am highly committed to efforts to translate theory and research into training and into policy and program actions that can improve the lives of children, youth, and their families.

My previous positions:

I hold degrees in Nursing and Educational Psychology from the University of Ottawa, and in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, New York. I was an Associate Professor at Yale University 1988 to 1997.

Awards & accomplishments:

With colleagues I have adapted the WITS Programs into French (Le Programme DIRE) and Portugese (DIGA). I am a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and have received many awards for knowledge mobilization community service during my career.

Other information:

See The WITS Program’s resources for parents and schools.