Dr. Wekerle is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies, 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 edited a book on the overlap among child maltreatment, dating and courtship violence, partner violence and substance abuse (Wekerle & Wall, 2002, "The Violence and Addiction Equation," Taylor Francis), written a book for a broad audience on maltreatment ("Child Maltreatment," Wekerle, Wolfe, Miller & Spindel, 2006, Hogrefe, translated into 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.
Dr. Wekerle has been an active scientist, publishing in peer-reviewed journals since 1987. Dr. Wekerle's current research focuses on child welfare populations, particularly adolescents who are receiving child protection services and their outcome across physical, mental, and financial health domains. She is invested in supporting health and resilience within maltreated populations, and disseminates actively to policy and practice.Dr. Wekerle and colleagues have a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant to advance boys' and men's health in the area of health and resilience among male youth with sexual violence experiences (2014-2019). A related knowledge video is available from CIHR IHDCYH Talks.
2016 Canadian Psychological Association – Trauma Stress Section Psychologist of the Year