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Katreena Scott

Katreena Scott
Associate Professor
Program Chair, School & Clinical Child Psychology Program

phone: (416) 978-0971


Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

My research interests revolve around the prediction, prevention and treatment of abuse in intimate and family relationships. In particular, I have expertise in addressing violence perpetration in men and fathers. We are currently engage in intervention research on the efficacy of both mother and father-focused parenting interventions for preventing recurrent maltreatment in high risk families, developing and evaluating group programs for men who are abusive towards their children and their intimate partners, and exploring justice-linked programs for men who have perpetrated domestic violence-related offences. We are also analyzing data from longitudinal studies to explore patterns resilience and vulnerability associated with the development and cessation of abuse in family relationships. For more information on my research and on the activities of my lab, please access the scottlab website (link above).

Applied/Clinical Interests: I spend part of my time engaged in clinical work with children and adolescents with a variety of internalizing and externalizing disorders and with adults who are victims or perpetrators of abuse. This clinical work complements my research on breaking the cycle of abusive behaviour.

Teaching Overview

Dr. Scott's specialty courses:

Specialty Courses
APD3238 Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Doctoral Level: Advanced Intervention for Family Violence-Related Trauma

Other Courses
APD1202 Theories and techniques of counselling
APD3241 Seminar and practicum in assessment and intervention with children

Representative Publications

Crooks, C., Scott, K., Broll, R., Zwarych, S., Hughes, R., & Wolfe, D. (2015). A preliminary evaluation of an 8th grade healthy relationships program: Promising evidence of changes in knowledge, awareness and coping strategies, Health Education Research, 30, 513-519. doi: 10.1093/her/cyv014.


Heslop, L., Kelly, T., David, R. Scott, K.L. (2015).  AnchorPrograming Responses for Intimate Partner Violence.  Report prepared for the Department of Justice Canada.


Stewart, L. L. & Scott, K. L. (2014). Who are these guys? An exploration of patterns of parenting problems among fathers who have maltreated their children. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 33(2), 67-83, DOI: 10.7870/cjcmh-2014-016.


Jenney, A., Mishna, F., Alaggia, R., & Scott, K.L. (2014). Doing the right thing? (Re) Considering risk assessment and safety planning in child protection work with domestic violence cases. Children and Youth Services Review. 47, 92-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.07.015.


Scott, K., Kelly, T., Crooks, C.V., & Francis, K. (2014). Caring Dads: Helping fathers value their children, 2nd edition. Createspace Publishers.


Scott, K. L. (2014). Violence against children in families. The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime, edited by R. Gartner and B. McCarthy. New York: Oxford University Press.


Scott, K.L., Heslop, L., Kelly, T. & Wiggins, K. (2013). Intervening to prevent repeat offending among moderate to high-risk domestic violence offenders.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, December, doi: 10.1177/0306624X13513709.


Jaffe, P., Scott, K., Jenney, A., Dawson, M., Straatman, A., & Campbell, M. (2013). Risk Factors for Children in Situations of Family Violence in the Context of Separation and Divorce. Report prepared for the Department of Justice Canada.


King, C. B. & Scott, K. L. (2013). Why are suspected cases of child maltreatment referred from the education system so often unsubstantiated? Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 1-10,


Scott, K. L. & King, C. G. (2013). The (dubious) benefits of second chances in batterer intervention. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 1657-1671.


Scott, K. L. & Lishak, V. (2012). Evaluation of an intervention program for maltreating fathers: Statistically and clinically significant change. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36(9), 680-684.


Crooks, C. V., Scott, K. L., Ellis, W. & Wolfe, D. A. (2011). Impact of a universal school-based violence prevention program on violent delinquency: Distinctive benefits for youth with maltreatment histories. Child Abuse and Neglect, 35(6):393-400.


Scott, K. L., King, C., McGinn, H. & Hosseini, N. (2011). Effects of motivational enhancement on immediate outcomes of batterer intervention. Journal of Family Violence, 26, 139-149.


Research Grants and Contracts

2015-2019 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Examining the importance of dynamic risk factors for predicting recidivism and promoting change among domestically violent offenders. P.I. Katreena Scott.

2015-2021 - Public Health Agency of Canada. Safe and Understood: Intervening with families to promote healthy child outcomes and prevent abuse recurrence for young child victims of domestic violence exposure. Co PIs Angelique Jenney, Child Development Institute and Katreena Scott.

2015-2020 -Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Partnership Grant. Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative for Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP). P.I. Peter Jaffe, Western University.

2014-2018 -Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: Expanding our Understanding of Vulnerabilities and Resiliencies. P.I. Ramona Alaggia, University of Toronto.

2014-2016 -Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The Impact of Domestic Violence on Workers and Workplaces. P.I. Barbara MacQuarrie, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children.