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Lana Stermac
Professor

phone: (416) 978-0722
email: l.stermac@utoronto.ca  

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development



Research Overview

Professor Stermac's research is in the broad area of posttraumatic health and health promotion and focuses largely on the effects of traumatic and adverse events on mental health and education. Professor Stermac works with a number of populations including sexual assault and sexual victimization survivors as well as immigrants and refugees from war-zone areas across the globe. She has had several projects focusing on issues around school age violence, sexual violence against women, and posttraumatic mental health. Her most recent project entitled, Sexually Coercive Behaviours on Campus, examines the effects of unwanted sexual behaviours on the educational experiences and academic performance of culturally diverse women undergraduates in Canada. Another recently completed project entitled, Traumatic Stress and Learning, examined the educational components of successful academic environments for war-zone immigrant and refugee students with histories of adverse events or trauma. Professor Stermac has consulted on these topics to various agencies and is currently collaborating with scholars across Canada and internationally. She is also involved in training programs in evidence-based interventions in cognitive-behaviour therapies and is the current Academic Director of the Certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy at OISE. She is a senior editor of an international journal in counselling psychology.

Professor Stermac's research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).



Academic History

Professor Stermac is a clinical psychologist and received her PhD from the University of Toronto.

Teaching Overview

APD1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology
APD3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems


Representative Publications

Stermac, L., Cabral, C., & Clarke, A. & Toner, B. (in press). Mediators of posttraumatic mental health in sexual assault survivors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma

Kelly, T., Cabral, C., & Stermac, L. (in press). The aftermath of sexual as sault: A review of the effects and clinical implications. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

Stermac, L., Clarke, A., & Brown, L. (2013). Pathways to resilience: The role of education in war-zone immigrant and refugee student success. In C. Chandi & M. Ferrari (Eds.).,  Promoting resilience in children of war. Springer.

Stermac, L., Elgie, S., Clarke, A., & Dunlap, H.(2012). Academic experiences of war-zone students in Canada. Journal of Youth Studies, 15, 3, 311-328.

Kelly, T.C., & Stermac, L. (2012). Intimate partner sexual assault against women: Examining the impact and recommendations for clinical practice. Partner Abuse: New Directions in Research, Interventions, and Policy, 3, 1, 107-122.

Stermac, L., Elgie, S., Clarke, A., & Dunlap, H.(2012). Academic experiences of war-zone students in Canada. Journal of Youth Studies.15, 3, 311-328.

Clarke, A. & Stermac, L. (2011). The influence of stereotypical beliefs, participant gender, and survivor weight on sexual assault response. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 2285 - 2302.

Stermac, L., Elgie, S., Dunlap, H. & Kelly, T.C. (2010). Educational experiences and achievements of war-zone immigrant students in Canada. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 5, 97-107.

Martin, K. & Stermac, L. (2010). Measuring hope: Is hope related to criminalbehaviour in offenders? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 54, 693-705.

Stermac, L., Clarke, A., & Brown, L. (2013). Pathways to resilience: The role of education inwar-zone immigrant and refugee student success. In C. Chandi & M. Ferrari (Eds.).,  Promoting resilience in children of war. Springer.

Stermac, L. & Kelly, T.C. (2010). Sexual violence against women: Current research and futuredirection. Building bridges for wellness in counselling and psychotherapy. (pp.170-192). Toronto and Bangalore: Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherap

Professional Activities

AFFILIATIONS

Coalition for Research in Women's Health
Women's College Research Institute
Canadian Psychological Association
American Psychological Association